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Apostles Equip with Doctrine and Revelation:

  • Acts 2:42-43 speaks of the apostles' doctrine, and the church is to abide continually in this doctrine.
  • Matthew 16:17 speaks of the apostles receiving the revelation.
  • Ephesians 1:17 tells us that to understand the apostles' doctrine, even when they are right there teaching it to us, we need the Holy Spirit of revelation.
  • Ephesians 3:5 tells us that things hidden in ages past are now being revealed to the apostles and prophets.
  • Romans 16:17 also refers to those who cause divisions. These were people bringing in doctrines that were not the apostles' doctrine. It might be noted that the word, heresy, means "dissensions arising from diversity of opinions and aims" in the original Greek.
  • 1 John 1:3-5 carries this further is stating that the apostles declare to the churches those things that have been revealed to them.
  • Galatians 2:11-15 shows us that the apostles are not infallible and that they correct each other. They are in submission to each other and each apostle is under the government of all the other apostles.
  • Ephesians 4:14 One of the functions of the apostles is to make it so the believers are not blown around by winds of doctrine. The apostles are united in ministry and in doctrine. None of them teaches a variant doctrine, and they discipline themselves.
  • Acts 16:4-5 tells how the apostles delivered the decrees. They traveled and delivered the revelation and established it in the local churches.
  • Acts 15:1-31 shows how the apostles determined doctrine and how they made sure that everyone was teaching the same doctrine once it had been revealed. It also shows that a single apostle did not consider himself able to establish doctrine. Note how the spiritual gifts in apostles gave the final answer. Then, the doctrine was entrusted to faithful men and carried to the local elders who must be apt to teach--the must be able to cause the people to understand the doctrine.
  • Ephesians 1:8-9 tells us how the apostles equip the church with revelation of the doctrine and the meaning of the Scripture.
  • 1 Corinthians 2:6-3:2 shows the revelation being given to the apostles by supernatural means, but the local church at Corinth was unable to accept it because of their spiritual immaturity. No one was able to understand these parts of Scripture until they were revealed to the apostles.
  • In Romans 2:16 and Romans 16:25, Paul speaks of his gospel, and we can be sure from other Scripture that Paul's gospel was the same as the gospel of all the other apostles.
  • 1 Peter 1:16-21 informs us that the revelation of the meaning of Scripture is not given to one person. If it is revelation, it is given to all the apostles. Private interpretation is certainly not God's method by which revelation is given to a local elder or deacon or member of the church. They must have had theologians in this day just like they have them today.
  • Isaiah 28:9-10 shows us that revelation is given a little at a time. Many times, God has tried to move through people over the centuries, and they went so and so far, then claimed to have it all. Often, what they had was truth mixed with speculation. They forced God to find someone else who was not so puffed up in their thinking.
  • Galatians 1:11-12 tells us that the doctrine is not given by man but by the revelation of Jesus Christ. Only God can reveal the interpretation of Scripture.
  • Sometimes, the apostles would give advice which was not revelation as in 1 Corinthians 7:10-11, and sometimes, the apostles would teach the revelation as in 1 Corinthians 7:10-11.
  • The book of Revelation is an example of a something that God revealed to the apostle through a vision alone. Note that the revelation was given to an apostle.
  • Galatians 1:15-18 and Galatians 2:1 tell us that Paul had to go and confirm that the revelation he had been given was correct.
  • 1 Timothy 1:3-4 tells us that Paul assigned Timothy to work in Ephesus to guard against corrupt doctrine.
  • 2 Thessalonians 3:6 give us an example of Paul teaching the people to withdraw themselves from anyone who teaches a doctrine other than the apostles' doctrine.

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