All this discussion about Biblical doctrine does no good if we do not take what we learn and apply it to our lives. We have several times in the NT when sound teaching and doctrine are said to lead to godliness.
1 Timothy 6:3 (ESV) If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness,
Teaching that accords with godliness.
Titus 1:1 (ESV) Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness,
Knowledge of the truth which accords with godliness.
All the doctrine and knowledge in the world will do us no good unless it brings us to godliness. Our Biblical knowledge should be conforming us to the image of Christ.
Romans 8:29 (ESV) For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
If we are not seeing noticeable growth in our lives and becoming more Christ like we are not applying the doctrine we learn to our lives.
1 Timothy 4:7-8 (ESV)
7 Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness;
8 for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.
Godliness is of value in every way for our present and for our future. We are to be training ourselves for godliness. Training – gumnazo – same root as our gymnasium, it means to train or exercise. Training and exercising aren’t easy. They take hard work. We need to work at applying the doctrine we do learn to our lives so we can become more godly and Christ like.
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