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Let's define sound doctrine
Let's focus on sound doctrine about God
Let's focus on sound doctrine from the Bible
Let the Bible tell us how to study the Bible
What aspects of God are we interested in?
Collapse Why is finding sound doctrine difficult?Why is finding sound doctrine difficult?
Satan tries to spread lies
We like lies
Other people accept lies
All this makes truth rare
Collapse Why should we have sound doctrine?Why should we have sound doctrine?
So that we don't worship in vain
So that we don't destroy ourselves
So that we don't persecute true believers
Collapse Sound doctrine is top secretSound doctrine is top secret
Do you really have sound doctrine?
God hides sound doctrine
Why does God hide sound doctrine?
Man cannot find sound doctrine
Collapse From whom is sound doctrine hidden?From whom is sound doctrine hidden?
From the clever and intelligent
From those who don't understand God's power
From the scoffer
From the liar and deceiver
From those who suppress the truth
From the wicked
From those who don't have a good heart
From those who receive glory from men
Collapse The source and channel of sound doctrineThe source and channel of sound doctrine
Sound doctrine comes from Christ
Sound doctrine comes through the Holy Spirit
Collapse To whom is sound doctrine revealed?To whom is sound doctrine revealed?
To those who seek
To those who fear the Lord
To those who love the truth
To those who obey God
To the humble
Collapse How to test whether you have sound doctrineHow to test whether you have sound doctrine
You understand what God expects?
You know you still sin?
You are trying to stop sinning?
You are making progress in stopping sinning?
Do you love?
Are your prayers answered?
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Collapse Unscriptural methods for getting sound doctrineUnscriptural methods for getting sound doctrine
Having no method
Using the historical / grammatical method
Collapse Interpret Scripture properlyInterpret Scripture properly
How did Jesus interpret Scripture?
A scriptural approach to getting sound doctrine
Collapse Parting thoughtsParting thoughts
Seek to know the Lord
Test every spirit
Estimate yourself soberly
Ask God to teach you
Make yourself the guinea pig
Study, practice, then teach
When you teach, refuse quarrels
When you teach, be gentle
When you teach, be loving
Guard what is entrusted to you

Do you realize that you still sin?

On the one hand, we must understand that Jesus came in our flesh and didn’t sin. On the other hand, we must acknowledge that we are sinners that need salvation. But we don’t stop there. We must also realize that as long as we are alive, we will still sin.

In the previous section we see that truth makes us realize that the target is nothing less than perfection. In this section we see that truth causes us to realize that we will never reach perfection.

The apostle John was an honest man – even after walking with God for many years, and being a spiritual leader to many, he observed that he still sinned. In fact, he realized that people who think that they have stopped sinning are totally deceived.

1 Jn 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.

Now it is easy to think that we are sinners. I mean, we all think we are sinners, right? But ask yourself how you behave when someone, like your spouse or teenage child or boss or coworker, points out your fault. Do you always have a ‘good’ reason for why it really isn’t your fault? Do you realize that what you are really saying in that situation is that you have no sin! Now may be sometimes it really is not your fault, but if it is never your fault then maybe you should ponder on what the apostle John is saying here.

Some people get really upset with themselves when they sin. Why do they get upset? Perhaps it is because they think that they had achieved perfection and are disappointed to learn that they haven’t.

So then, we need to be careful – because the attitude of ‘having no sin’ is not as uncommon as one might think and surfaces in subtle ways.

The reason why people think they are perfect is because God is not exposing their sin to them. The reason why God is not doing that is because they are not in contact with God.

People who are in contact with God (i.e. people who have fellowship with God, who is the only source of truth) will find that God is Light – Light that exposes our sin. Therefore, if we think we have no sin it is a clear indication that we are not in contact with God, and if we are not in contact with the source of truth then we cannot be receiving truth. This is what John points out in 1 Jn 1:6.

1 Jn 1:6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth;

Scripture exposes our sin.

Heb 4:12-13 12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.

It is sharper than a two edged sword in the sense that it can distinguish between truth and lies very, very finely. Scripture helps us understand our motives and when we heed it carefully we find that we sin in so many ways.

Since Scripture exposes our sin, if we think we are perfect then it is clear that Scripture is not doing its job, and that can only be because we have misunderstood Scripture.

A contrite man is a man who is learning truth – about himself, and is humbled by it.


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