What Shall I Do To Be Saved?
By Rev. Dr. Curian Kaniyamparambil
Question 30. Can we justify tradition from the New Testament?
Yes. The reasons are discussed below :
- We have seen earlier what apostolic traditions are and how important they are (in
Question 25). More discussion follows.
- In Luke 1:1-4, Luke says that his writings are based on apostolic teachings (traditions) and not based on any written documents. He tells us that he accepted traditions, and compared and wrote them. Paul converted Luke, a physician and an artist, to Christianity. He later drew a picture of St. Mary and this picture is still kept in the house of Mark (which is a monastery). (Ref Biblical Encyclopedia pages 624, and 684)
- In 2 Thess. 2:14-15, To which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ? (Yes, our gospels are not written). "Therefore brethren stand fast and hold the traditions, which you were, taught weather by word or our epistle." (All gospels were not written!).
- In 2 Tim 1:13 Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus? and in 2 Timothy 2:2 ?And things that you have heard from me among many witness commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others too.? (These sound words of St. Paul are not written).
- In Matthew 28:20, teaching them (the baptized people), to observe all I have commanded you?
- Whoever listens to you (the apostles), listens to me. Whoever rejects you rejects me. And whoever rejects me, rejects the one who sent me? (Luke 10:16).
- In Luke 10:16? He who hears you hears me, he who rejects you rejects me and he who rejects me rejects Him who sent me? Therefore if one does not consider what the apostles taught by saying that "it is not written or not in the Bible? then their position is as in the above sentence.
- In Acts 20:20 Paul says, but proclaimed to you (i.e. people of Ephesus) and taught you publicly and from house to house? (He taught orally!)
- In 1 Thess. 5:12, We beseech you, my brethren to respect those who labor among you and admonish you in our Lord and teach you?
- 1 Tim 5:17, Let elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine?
- They devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles (doctrines) and to the communal life, to the breaking of the bread and to prayers? (Acts 2:42)
These words that the believers listened to and heard from the apostles are called traditions.
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