The only reliable doctrine

Today, Selwyn is considering the words in 1 John 2:18:27; and the following verses (24 to 27) covers the main point: ‘See that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does , you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. And this is what he promised us – even eternal life. I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray. As for you, the annointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as the anointing is real, not counterfeit – just as it has taught you, remain in him.’

Selwyn’s words mirror what is in my NIV Study Bible, concerning these verses: “The teaching ministry of the Holy Spirit does not involve revelation of new truth or the explanation of all difficult passages of Scripture to our satisfaction. Rather it is the development of the capacity to appreciate and appropriate God’s truth already revealed – making the Bible  meaningful in thought and daily living.” (my emphasis in bold/italics)

I agree with Selwyn that the teaching that has come down to us in the New Testament, is the teaching of the apostles, as outlined in Acts 2:42 “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”

I’m very grateful that within weeks of my conversion in 1991, I meet a Catholic priest who has a recognised gift for explaining and teaching Scripture, which I’m sure is a gift from the Holy Spirit – his thorough teaching has provided me with a firm foundation which has withstood the test of time (and spirits, not of Christ).

Lastly, there are times when the Holy Spirit, will directly teach us – Luke 12:12; “When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.”  This is a great comfort because in those crunch times we know that Jesus himeself will give us the right words even if our memory/knowledge of Scripture may fail us.

Do you agree with Selwyn’s view that ‘those who claim to be part of the Church but ignore or tamper with the apostles’ doctrines are errorists – plain and simple’?