Receive and Keep the Commands of God

Colossians 2:5-8 – “For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ. As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk you in him rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.  Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”


ANY BLOG POST TAGGED APOSTLE’S DOCTRINE (INCLUDING THIS POST) ARE THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD.  

WHILE THE 2 GREATEST COMMANDMENTS OF ALL IS TO LOVE GOD WITH ALL OUR HEART, MIND, SOUL, AND STRENGTH AND LOVE OUR NEIGHBOR AS OURSELVES, THESE ‘APOSTLES DOCTRINE’ (IN THE FORM OF POSTS) ARE NOT THE OPINIONS OF MEN, BUT THE COMMANDS OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST RECEIVED AND DELIVERED TO ALL THE SAINTS AND HOUSES OF GOD.  

SOME ARE SHORTER, WHILE OTHERS ARE MUCH LONGER AND REQUIRE MANY HOURS OF WORK. IT IS A LABOR OF LOVE FOR THE LORD AND ALL HIS SAINTS WHO ARE EAGERLY WAITING TO RECEIVE THESE LETTERS.  BY THE GRACE OF GOD, THROUGH YOUR MANY CONTINUAL DAILY PRAYERS, ADDITIONAL POSTS WILL BE COMING SOON. PLEASE BE PATIENT, AS THERE IS MUCH TO DO, BOTH WITHIN THE MINISTRY AS WELL AS MY FAMILY OBLIGATIONS AND JOB RESPONSIBILITIES.

THROUGH THESE LETTERS AND APOSTLES DOCTRINE, MAY GOD’S TRUE CHURCH EMERGE AS THE END-TIME ARMY OF THE LORD WHO ARE HASTENING THE DAY OF JESUS CHRIST, ABOUNDING IN HIS WORK, DOING HIS WILL, AND GETTING THIS GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM OUT TO ALL NATIONS.


 REPENT AND BELIEVE THE GOSPEL

REPENTANCE IS A COMMANDMENT.  REPENTANCE IS A CHANGE OF MIND.  IT RECOGNIZES THAT OUR SINFUL AND SHAMEFUL ACTS WILL BE JUDGED BY GOD AND DEPART FROM THE PRESENCE OF GOD.  IF YOU HAVE HEARD AND RECEIVED THE TRUE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST, THEN YOU HAVE RECOGNIZED YOUR NEED FOR REPENTANCE.  CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING SCRIPTURES:

Mark 1:1-14 (John and Jesus Preaching Repentance)

1The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 2As it is written in the Prophets: “Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You.” 3“The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; Make His paths straight.’ ”

4John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. 5Then all the land of Judea, and those from Jerusalem, went out to him and were all baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins.

6Now John was clothed with camel’s hair and with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7And he preached, saying, “There comes One after me who is mightier than I, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to stoop down and loose. 8I indeed baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

9It came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10And immediately, coming up from the water, He saw the heavens parting and the Spirit descending upon Him like a dove. 11Then a voice came from heaven, “You are My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

12Immediately the Spirit drove Him into the wilderness. 13And He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to Him.

14Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 15and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”

Mark 6:7-12 (Jesus Commands His Ministers to Command All Men to Repent)

7And He called the twelve to Himself, and began to send them out two by two, and gave them power over unclean spirits. 8He commanded them to take nothing for the journey except a staff—no bag, no bread, no copper in their money belts— 9but to wear sandals, and not to put on two tunics.

10Also He said to them, “In whatever place you enter a house, stay there till you depart from that place.

11And whoever will not receive you nor hear you, when you depart from there, shake off the dust under your feet as a testimony against them. Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city!”

12So they went out and preached that people SHOULD REPENT.

ACTS 17:16-34 (Paul Preached Every Man Should Repent)

16While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols. 17So he reasoned in the synagogue with both Jews and God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day by day with those who happened to be there. 18A group of Epicurean and Stoic philosophers began to debate with him. Some of them asked, “What is this babbler trying to say?” Others remarked, “He seems to be advocating foreign gods.” They said this because Paul was preaching the good news about Jesus and the resurrection. 19Then they took him and brought him to a meeting of the Areopagus, where they said to him, “May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting? 20You are bringing some strange ideas to our ears, and we would like to know what they mean.” 21(All the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there spent their time doing nothing but talking about and listening to the latest ideas.)

22Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “People of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. 23For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to an unknown god. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship—and this is what I am going to proclaim to you.

24“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 25And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. 26From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 27God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. 28‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’

29“Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by human design and skill.

30In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. 31For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.”

32When they heard about the resurrection of the dead, some of them sneered, but others said, “We want to hear you again on this subject.” 33At that, Paul left the Council. 34Some of the people became followers of Paul and believed. Among them was Dionysius, a member of the Areopagus, also a woman named Damaris, and a number of others.

Romans 16:25-27 (This Gospel Requires Obedience)

25Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began 26but now made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience to the faith— 27to God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen.

Matthew 24:14 (This Gospel is the Gospel to be Preached in All the World.  It’s this gospel that brings all true believers into the unity of the faith)

And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.


OBEY THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

THEREFORE, AS JESUS WARNED, THOSE WHO WILL NOT HEAR HIS GOSPEL AND REPENT, WILL BRING THE RIGHTEOUS JUDGMENT OF GOD.  IT WOULD BE BETTER FOR SODOM AND GOMMORAH THAN FOR THOSE WHO DON’T REPENT. GOD DEMANDS ALL MEN TO REPENT. REPENTANCE BRINGS OBEDIENCE TO THE GOSPEL.  CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING SCRIPTURES:

Romans 10:14-16 (The Good News of the Gospel Requires Obedience)

14How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!” 16But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?”

2 Thessalonians 1:5-12 (God will Punish Anyone Who Does Not Obey His Gospel. To Know God is to Obey Him. This Punishment will Come on the Same Day Jesus Appears)

5All this is evidence that God’s judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering. 6God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you 7and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels.

8He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might 10on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed. This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you.

I Peter 4:17-18 (God’s Judgment Begins in God’s House First)

17For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18Now “If the righteous one is scarcely saved, Where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?”

Hebrews 10:26-31 (To Those Who Willfully Sin, There is No More Sacrifice for Sins)

26For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries.

28Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?

30For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. And again, “The Lord will judge His people.” 31It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.


THE LORD HAS ALWAYS ORDAINED, COMMANDED, AND EXHORTED HIS PEOPLE TO TAKE HOLD OF HIS COMMANDS AND APOSTOLIC DOCTRINE SO THEY MAY WALK IN GOD’S WAYS AND BEAR MUCH FRUIT.

THE LORD JESUS CHRIST HAS ALWAYS ORDAINED FOR HIS PEOPLE TO WALK IN OBEDIENCE THROUGH THE COMMANDS AND DOCTRINE HE HAS GIVEN TO HIS APOSTLES.  AND AS APOSTLES, WE ARE COMMANDED BY JESUS TO TEACH THOSE WHO ARE BEGOTTEN THROUGH THE GOSPEL TO OBSERVE AND OBEY ALL THINGS DELIVERED FROM JESUS HIMSELF.

Matthew 28:18-20 (Jesus Command to Deliver His Commands and Doctrine Transcends to All Nations, For All Generations)

18And Jesus came and spoke unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Hebrews 13:7-8 (God has always exhorted His people to be obedient to His leaders who have spoken the word of God)

7Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation. 8Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

Acts 16:1-5 (As the decrees, the commands of the Lord given through the apostle and elders strengthened the churches in the faith, and thereby increased the number of disciples God entrusted to their care).

1Then he came to Derbe and Lystra. And behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a certain Jewish woman who believed, but his father was Greek. 2He was well spoken of by the brethren who were at Lystra and Iconium. 3Paul wanted to have him go on with him. And he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in that region, for they all knew that his father was Greek.

4And as they went through the cities, they delivered to them the decrees to keep, which were determined by the apostles and elders at Jerusalem. 5So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and increased in number daily.

2 Corinthians 2:5-9 (Paul looked for the obedience of the saints)

5If anyone has caused grief, he has not so much grieved me as he has grieved all of you to some extent—not to put it too severely. 6The punishment inflicted on him by the majority is sufficient. 7Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. 8I urge you, therefore, to reaffirm your love for him. 9Another reason I wrote you was to see if you would stand the test and be obedient in everything.

Revelation 14:6-13 (Saints who keep the commands of God and faith of Jesus will be working diligently to serve the Lord’s purposes)

6Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people— 7saying with a loud voice, “Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.”

8And another angel followed, saying, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.”

9Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, 10he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. 11And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.”

12Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. 13Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’ ” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.”


BEWARE OF ANOTHER GOSPEL

THERE ARE MANY TEACHING OTHER DOCTRINES.  YET THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST CENTERS COMPLETELY AROUND REPENTANCE, FAITH IN CHRIST’S ATONEMENT ON THE CROSS, AND OBEDIENCE TO THE FAITH.  THESE “TEACHERS” DO NOT OBEY THE FAITH AND COMMANDS OF JESUS CHRIST.  RATHER, THEY IGNORANTLY OR DECEPTIVELY DRAW AWAY PEOPLE AFTER THEMSELVES.

2 Corinthians 11:1-15 (As an apostle of God, Paul confronted the error of those teaching other doctrine in order to protect the lambs and sheep of God from being led astray)

1Oh, that you would bear with me in a little folly—and indeed you do bear with me.   2For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

3But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.  

4For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted—you may well put up with it!

5For I consider that I am not at all inferior to the most eminent apostles.  6Even though I  am untrained in speech, yet I am not in knowledge. But we have been thoroughly manifested among you in all things. 7Did I commit sin in humbling myself that you might be exalted, because I preached the gospel of God to you free of charge?  8I robbed other churches, taking wages from them to minister to you.  9And when I was present with you, and in need, I was a burden to no one, for what I lacked the brethren who came from Macedonia supplied. And in everything I kept myself from being burdensome to you, and so I will keep myself.  10As the truth of Christ is in me, no one shall stop me from this boasting in the regions of Achaia.  11Why? Because I do not love you? God knows!

12But what I do, I will also continue to do, that I may cut off the opportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be regarded just as we are in the things of which they boast.13For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ.  14And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.  15Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.

1 Timothy 1:1-16  (The end of the commandment is love out of a pure heart, good conscience, and unwavering faith)

1Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope; 2Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.

3As I besought you to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that you might charge some that they teach no other doctrine, 4Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.

5Now the end of the commandment is love out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: 6From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling; 7Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.

2 Timothy 3:1-9 (Paul warned of those teaching in the church who are not teaching the commands and doctrine of the Lord, but teaching other doctrines)

1But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.

6They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, 7always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. 8Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these teachers oppose the truth. They are men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected. 9But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone.

10You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, 11persecutions, sufferings—what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them. 12In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.

14But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.


HOW TO RECEIVE THE WORD OF GOD AND APOSTOLIC DOCTRINE OF JESUS

JESUS EXPECT HIS APOSTLES TO GIVE HIS LAMBS AND SHEEP HIS WORD.  THESE WORDS, WRITTEN OR SPOKEN, DO NOT PLEASE MEN, BUT GOD WHICH TRIES THE HEARTS.

John 21:15-19 (THE LORD WANTS HIS LAMBS TO BECOME SHEEP, AND HIS SHEEP TO BECOME OVERSEERS WHO MAKE MORE SHEEP.  YET, WE MUST GROW INTO JESUS IMAGE AND LIKENESS DAILY.  AS GOD’S MINISTERS, WE PREACH THE TRUTH THAT CHRIST HAS GIVEN TO ALL HIS PEOPLE SINCE WE ARE THE SHEEP OF HIS PASTURE. IF SHEEP TRULY ARE THE LORD’S, THEN THEY WILL HEAR WHAT CHRIST WANTS THEM TO HEAR, WHICH IS NOT ALWAYS WHAT PEOPLE WANT TO HEAR ON A SUNDAY, OR ANY OTHER DAY).

15So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Feed My lambs.”

16He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My sheep.

17He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.”

Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep.

18Most assuredly, I say to you, when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish.” 19This He spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, “Follow Me.”

2 Corinthians 4:1-7 (Commending ourselves to the conscience of every man)

1Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart. 2But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.

3But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.

5For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake. 6For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 7But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.

I Corinthians 4:1-21 (Regard God’s apostle as a servant of Christ Himself, entrusted with God’s gospel, commands, and revealed will.   Yet, God expect others to imitate the faith of those who lives and conduct is becoming of the gospel of Christ)

1This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed. 2Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. 3I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. 4My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. 5Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.

6Now, brothers and sisters, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying, “Do not go beyond what is written.” Then you will not be puffed up in being a follower of one of us over against the other. 7For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?

8Already you have all you want! Already you have become rich! You have begun to reign—and that without us! How I wish that you really had begun to reign so that we also might reign with you! 9For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like those condemned to die in the arena. We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to human beings.

10We are fools for Christ, but you are so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are honored, we are dishonored! 11To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless. 12We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; 13when we are slandered, we answer kindly. We have become the scum of the earth, the garbage of the world—right up to this moment.

14I am writing this not to shame you but to warn you as my dear children. 15Even if you had ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel. 16Therefore I urge you to imitate me.

17For this reason I have sent to you Timothy, my son whom I love, who is faithful in the Lord. He will remind you of my way of life in Christ Jesus, which agrees with what I teach everywhere in every church.

18Some of you have become arrogant, as if I were not coming to you. 19But I will come to you very soon, if the Lord is willing, and then I will find out not only how these arrogant people are talking, but what power they have. 20For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. 21What do you prefer? Shall I come to you with a rod of discipline, or shall I come in love and with a gentle spirit?

Acts 2:41-42 (Be eager to receive and prayerfully study this apostolic doctrine of Jesus)

AS THOSE WHO OBEY THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST, EVERY PERSON MUST COMMIT THEMSELVES TO BECOME ROOTED, GROUNDED, SETTLED IN THIS APOSTOLIC DOCTRINE.

Acts 2:38-47 (Devote yourself to prayerfully read, study, and meditate upon these)

38Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” 40With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.

42They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Acts 17:11-12  (Receive this doctrine with readiness of mind)

11These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. 12Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.

I Thessalonians 2:1-16 (I have been entrusted by Christ to deliver these commands He reveals for all God’s houses, places and assemblies of worship, but you must receive these commandments of God – the Apostle’s Doctrine – not as the opinion of men, but as it is truly, the word of God)

1You know, brothers and sisters, that our visit to you was not without results. 2We had previously suffered and been treated outrageously in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in the face of strong opposition. 3For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you.

4On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts. 5You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed—God is our witness. 6We were not looking for praise from people, not from you or anyone else, even though as apostles of Christ we could have asserted our authority.

7Instead, we were like young children among you. Just as a nursing mother cares for her children, 8so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.

9Surely you remember, brothers and sisters, our toil and hardship; we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you. 10You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed. 11For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, 12encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.

13And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe.

14For you, brothers and sisters, became imitators of God’s churches in Judea, which are in Christ Jesus: You suffered from your own people the same things those churches suffered from the Jews 15who killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets and also drove us out. They displease God and are hostile to everyone 16in their effort to keep us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved. In this way they always heap up their sins to the limit. The wrath of God has come upon them at last.

I Timothy 4:12-16 (Continue in these commands and doctrine of the Lord, even as they are published.  Some may be longer, some shorter, and always accompanied with the spoken word of the Lord.  

I Timothy 4:6 says – “If you put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto you have attained.” 

Therefore, share them with others whom the Lord has given in your sphere of influence to make disciples of Jesus just as you yourself are becoming His sheep in all His fullness)

12Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 13Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.

14Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership.

15Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all. 16Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.

Sal, Servant of the Lord

Preparing God's elect for the time and coming of Jesus Christ.