Summary: To establish salvation is as a result of one obeying "that form of doctrine." God's form of salvation is outlined in the scriptures.
1. Form – Must be Obeyed from the Heart
2. Form – Makes One Free from Sins
3. Form – Makes Servants of Righteousness
1. In our lesson today we are discussing “that form of doctrine.” Paul addresses this “form” or “tupos” that must be obeyed from the heart. The idea of a form is that it can be replicated and the results will always be the same.
2. First he says, the form of doctrine must be obeyed from the heart. Its promises are not obtained from faith in the heart- but from obeying that form of doctrine from the heart.
3. Second he says, by obeying this form one is made free from their sins. If there is only one form of doctrine – then it’s by obeying one is made free from their sins.
4. Finally he says, those that obey that form of doctrine are made servants of righteousness. We were once servants of sin; but now we are servants of righteousness.
BODY OF LESSON
I FORM – MUST BE OBEYED FROM THE HEART
A. Paul’s letter to the Romans, in chapter 6:17-18, describes a form of doctrine that they had obeyed from Gr: “ek” the heart. Meaning, the believer’s salvation was not achieved by faith in the heart – but by faith obeyed from their heart. A true act of obedience. He writes: “but they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?” Romans 10:16. See also Romans 1:5; 16:25-26.
B. Form or pattern. Gr: “tupos,” this word means a form or pattern. “Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount," Hebrews 8:5. God has a form or pattern for all things. Illustrate: Form in Car Assembly Line.
C. There is a form of sound word. Paul urges: “Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus,” 1Timothy 1:13.
D. Having a form of godliness. “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away,” 2 Timothy 3:5.
1. Many have a form of godliness – but their practices deny the power thereof. These were pretenders of godliness. Paul further explains “they are ever learning but never able to come to the knowledge the truth,” 2 Timothy 3:7.
2. Profess to know God. “They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate,” Titus 1:16.
3. We are admonished to turn away from such forms.
E. Gospel is the doctrine. To understand the form, we must first identify the doctrine. This can clearly be seen in Paul’s discussion of the gospel of Christ.
1. “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2. By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.