HOLD THE TRADITIONS WHICH YE HAVE BEEN TAUGHT

2Th 2:15-17  “Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.”

God, through the Spirit, has called us to believe the truth of the gospel which allows us to honor, praise, and worship our Lord Jesus Christ (v. 13-14). As the result of belief and ability to give Jesus a measure of the glory due Him, we are to persevere in the truth. We should seize with strength (see Strong’s definition of “hold”) the traditions we have been taught.

It should be obvious to us that Paul is not talking about the traditions of men which are often contrary to the teaching of God (Mark 7-7:13). However, we should not automatically flinch at the use of the word “traditions.” Traditions are precepts that are passed from one to another. Through the working of the Holy Spirit, God passed the precepts of Jesus Christ to Paul on the road to Damascus.

Paul was further strengthened in these precepts by faithful saints like Ananias. Paul, Silas, and Timothy had spent time with the Thessalonian church passing to them the truth of Jesus Christ through the working of the Spirit. It is the traditions of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ that we are to stand fast in, whether they have been revealed to us by epistle (the study of the inspired word of God) or by word (the preaching of the gospel).

Traditions (precepts) worth keeping come to us from our Lord Jesus Christ and God our Father. The Spirit takes the things of God and makes them known to us (1Co 2:10). Even though we may read it in the Bible or hear it from a preacher, the understanding of it is passed to us from God (Father, Son, and Holy Ghost).  It is the Spirit that causes us to know that our Lord Jesus Christ and God our Father has loved us.

In God’s love for us, we have consolation that knows no bounds. We are comforted by the traditions that He gives us here in this world, and the assurance that His consolation is ours even after we pass from this life. We have a good hope (beneficial confidence) in the traditions of God through His grace. Our inward being is drawn to Him (comforted). It is God Himself who confirms us in every good word and every good work.

May we be blessed to hold fast the traditions of God, thereby choking out the vain traditions of men!

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