As I sat in church, Pastor Todd read from Acts 25, where we read of Paul before King Agrippa and Bernice. After some introductory comments he asked a very good question, “Why would the Holy Spirit inspire Luke to write of all the pomp and circumstance of the apostle Paul before Agrippa?”
It is a very interesting question and some may say so we can have a history of Paul and the early church, which is a very good reason. But is that all?
Let’s fast forward three or four years, Paul writes to a young Timothy,
Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers. (1 Timothy 4:16)
As Paul is mentoring this young pastor he urges Timothy to keep a close eye on his life and doctrine. Why?
Life and doctrine are weaved together. We live out what we believe and value the most. Paul urges Timothy to watch his life and teaching because both are crucial. Your teaching could disqualify you but so can your living. But when your teaching is orthodox then your living will be orthodox.
Notice what he tells Timothy is the results of right teaching and right living, the salvation of yourself and hearers.
Doctrine is something we believe, but it is also something we live.
Throughout the New Testament we get these glimpses of Paul’s life, like here in Acts 25, where we see Paul’s doctrine lived out in his life. Which is another reason why the Holy Spirit gave us a written record, not only of Paul’s teaching but also of Paul’s living.
Until Next Time
Soli Deo Gloria