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What is the Apostles' Doctrine?

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The apostles’ doctrine plays a vital role in the faith of believers worldwide. Living in a day and age where so many false doctrines are floating around, it’s important to know how to distinguish these false teachings from sound, wholesome doctrine. 

In the Bible there are more than 50 references made to "doctrine", the "doctrine of Christ", the "apostles' doctrine", "wholesome doctrine", and "sound doctrine".  But what exactly were the apostles referring to when they made mention of doctrine in their letters to the Churches?

They were referring to the instruction of knowledge they previously received when they were personally with them.  The first century apostles travelled from Church to Church, personally instructing the believers in the doctrine and would then later follow up with letters to encourage their faith and address certain issues.  These are the letters, also called epistles, which we find in the Bible.

Simply said, the apostles’ doctrine is the doctrine of Jesus Christ. It is the knowledge that Jesus taught His apostles, and also the knowledge of truth which the living apostles preach today. The instruction of sound doctrine is vital to every Christian believer, because it gives direction for our faith and teaches us how to walk in rhythm with God.

What does the Bible say?

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Through Biblical pattern we note that God always chose to reveal His mysteries to His apostles (1 Corinthians 4:1), and then it would be the apostles’ responsibility to share this knowledge with the rest of the Church. In this way God ensured that His doctrine remained pure and free from alteration.

The apostles’ doctrine instructs believers how to demonstrate their faith in God.  It teaches them how to serve God acceptably according to the commandments of the second covenant (the covenant of Jesus Christ), and unlocks the mysteries we read about in the Bible.

When we read the epistles of the apostles in the New Testament, we begin to understand that the function of doctrine is essential in our walk of faith.  For example, in 2 John 1:9 we read: “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.”

The apostles continually directed the believers to follow the doctrine which they had been taught, because they knew that this knowledge held the key to everlasting life. They knew that through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit this knowledge gives light and life to the soul.

Jesus rules over the Church through His chosen stewards

Jesus Christ, being the head of the Church, rules over the Body through the doctrine that He issues through the apostles’ office.  The gospel that the apostles deliver to the Church is the same gospel that the prophets confirm, the teachers teach, the evangelists preach, and the pastors oversee in the hearts of the people.

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When all 5 callings (apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers) of God’s government are structured in function and doctrine because of what living apostles provide for the Church, then Christ is ruling the Church, and spiritual government is truly on His shoulders (Isaiah 9:6).

Acts 2:42 (KJV): “And they (the believers) continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.”

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Apostle Stephanie Harris

Apostle Stephanie Harris Stephanie Harris is a confirmed Apostle in the government of God and valued member of Apostles Today Network of the Second 8th Week, ministering the grace of God to those seeking to build upon the true foundation of Jesus Christ. She is a regular contributor to the Prophetic Path and teaches Body ministry, helping believers regain their Christian priesthood by learning how spiritual sacrifices of prophecy work, how the anointing of truth works, and how the spiritual tools of the Second Covenant work. As God brings the church into a new era, Apostle Stephanie is here to help guide your faith into the new work of the Spirit, pray for you, and answer your questions.

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