SPECIAL TOPIC: THE ORTHODOXY OF THE PASTORALS

By the time of the writing of the Pastoral Letters (i.e., 1 Timothy, Titus, 2 Timothy) in the mid 60's (Paul was beheaded in a.d. 67), already a sense of the truths of the gospel were being developed into a doctrinal sense. Notice the way Paul refers to this "developed kerygma," which was the church's defense against the false teachers.

1. "sound teaching"

a. 1 Tim. 1:10

b. 2 Tim. 4:3

c. Titus 1:9; 2:1

2. "faithful sayings"

a. 1 Tim. 1:15; 3:1; 4:8-9

b. 2 Tim. 2:11-13

c. Titus 1:9; 3:5-8

3. "the teaching"

a. 1 Tim. 4:16; 6:1

b. 2 Tim. 3:10

c. Titus 2:7

4. "the good teaching"

a. 1 Tim. 4:6

5. "the teaching of godliness"

a. 1 Tim. 6:3

b. Titus 1:1

6. "sound words"

a. 1 Tim. 6:3

b. 2 Tim. 1:13

7. "what has been entrusted"

a. 1 Tim. 6:20

b. 2 Tim. 1:12,14 (i.e., "the good deposit")

8. "the faith"

a. 1 Tim. 1:5,19; 3:9,13; 4:1,6; 5:8; 6:10,12,21

b. 2 Tim. 3:10; 4:7

c. Titus 1:13; 2:2

This doctrinal formulation of the gospel must be

1. guarded – 1 Tim. 6:20; 2 Tim. 1:14

2. kept – 2 Tim. 4:7

3. held fast – Titus 1:9

4. entrusted to faithful people – 2 Tim. 2:2

All believers have been entrusted with the gospel (the kerygma). We must protect it, keep it, and pass it on intact!

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