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The Book of Acts, Chapter 2:42 (7 of 44)
Dr. Harley Howard
42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles'
doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and
What is the Apostles doctrine? The simple answer is
that it is what the Apostles taught or the teaching of
the Apostles to the church. So far, when we saw the
Apostle Peter preaching, it was the word of the Lord.
More specifically, the Old Testament and the gospel of
the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ, spoken by one who
was filled with the Holy Spirit.
It is safe to conclude therefore that this would be
the standard teaching for the Apostles. There was no
New Testament, as we know it today. It is obviously
also that the Lord spoke directly to and through them
for a period of years as eventually letters and books
written by Apostles and others associated with them to
the churches and to individual, were formed into what
we now call the New Testament.
But for now, in Peter's case and in the case of the
other Apostles, they taught, the Old Testament, and
application of that Old Testament as it related to
Christ Jesus, the resurrection of Christ Jesus, IE:
The gospel, as well as divine revelation, given to
them directly by the Lord.
When the saints gathered together, the emphasis was on
the doctrine from the Apostles. For the church to
function properly or at all, it needed to be taught.
What good is a gathering of people together if there
is nothing to learn? What purpose is served if people
gather together and ignorance rules the day? The
Bible right here reveals to us the supremacy, the
preeminence, the dominance of doctrine and the need of
the congregation to continue in it with great devotion
to it, and notice here, not for the sake of learning
alone, but to continue in it. Look at the verse
again: And they continued steadfastly in the apostles'
This does not mean that they contin ...
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