A proper understanding of biblical truths can only be achieved when we have a healthy respect for in-depth study of the Bible.
- May we learn from Ezra who had spent his entire life studying and obeying the Law of the Lord and teaching it to others (Ezra 7:10)
- May we be diligent in presenting ourselves as God’s approved workers—those who do not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Tim. 2:15).
Sound doctrine forms the basis for holy living (Psalm 119: 9). It acts as a lamp and road map to guide us in the correct path (Psalm 119: 105). It also equips the man of God for every good work (2 Timothy 3:17).
- “All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
- “Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage – with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths” (2 Timothy 4:2-4).
When we are well-grounded in scripture, we will not be so easily fooled by the many false teachers who go around twisting and “cherry picking” the Word.
One way by which we can cultivate sound doctrine is by pursuing a theological education.
The study of theology can work out either positively or negatively for a believer. It depends on the person who pursues theological studies. Sometimes a person may end up even more confused after being exposed to so many different schools of thought.