Summary: The cure for those who are in Jesus by faith is much more powerful than the curse for those who are in Adam by nature
It seems that in our world, doctrine has gotten a bad rap. Perhaps you’ve seen or heard people use a slogan like “Love unites, doctrine divides” or one of its relatives like “Service unites, doctrine divides” or “Justice divides, doctrine divides”. While those kinds of sayings might be appealing to many people, they are really rather silly if you think about it what, in essence, are each of those slogans? They each reflect a belief or a way of thinking so essentially they are doctrine – right?
Unfortunately, a lot of people have come to believe that Biblical doctrine is boring or that it really isn’t relevant to our lives. I know because I was once one of those people. And in some cases, I and some of my fellow pastors are at least partly to blame because we probably haven’t done a real good job of explaining why doctrine matters and showing how it is relevant to our lives.
But I would submit to you that within the body of Christ doctrine does matter because what we believe will determine how we live. That is not just true of Biblical doctrine either. Think about how doctrine matters in these other areas of our lives:
• Would you all agree that the doctrine of gravity matters? Just ask Jonathan Ponzo about that. And because all of us believe in that doctrine, we don’t go around jumping off tall buildings or go skydiving without a parachute because we know what the results will be.
• Would you agree that the doctrine of the second law of thermodynamics matters? Many of you probably don’t even know what I’m talking about here. But even if you don’t know what that law is, if you like a hot cup of coffee that doctrine matters. Since that particular doctrine means that the temperature of the coffee and the temperature of the air around it will eventually come to a point of equilibrium, it requires that if I like hot coffee I will either have to drink it in a very warm room or drink it quickly before it approaches room temperature.
• Would you agree that the doctrine of the laws of aerodynamics matters? Once again, some of you are probably thinking that you don’t even what that doctrine is. But guess what, if you’ve ever flown on an airplane you rely on that doctrine even if you don’t understand it because that is what keeps your plane in the air.
When it comes to God and the Bible, there is no doubt that doctrine matters. In its simplest terms, doctrine is merely what we believe about God. And that doctrine, that belief, will impact the way we operate in every area of our lives.
This morning, I’m going to engage in some rather deep doctrinal teaching, perhaps some of the most important doctrinal teaching in the entire Bible. I’m going to tackle a passage that many pastors, commentators and theologians have called the most difficult passage in the Bible. So it is going take us the next two weeks to study this passage and even then we aren’t going to be able to cover everything that we could learn from it.