Many people despise the word “doctrine.” They think of it as lifeless, biblical teaching that chokes out the immediate presence of God. Occasionally, they quote II Corinthians 3:6b which says: “For the letter killeth, but the Spirit giveth life.” What they do not realize is that one cannot separate the person of Jesus Christ from what He has said. Christ said in John 6:63b, “The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”
Doctrine is the organization of God’s words according to the wisdom of His Holy Spirit providing His full thought on every subject. God wants our fervency to be guided by His objective Word. The apostle Paul comments on the misguided zeal of his Jewish brethren, “For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge” (Romans 10:2). In Hosea 4:6 the Lord exclaims, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” II Corinthians 13:5 admonishes, “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves.”
Let us cling to God’s Word, for it is Spirit and life. Then we will know God’s character, and therefore, be able to discern His plan in life’s situations. And as a result, our path before us will be straight (2).