The good news of the Bible is all-things-Jesus!
The Old Testament predicted His coming! The New Testament reports that He came, He died and rose again and will return! And, those who believe in Him (i.e., trust in Him) will receive the free gift of eternal life in the presence of God forever!
But there’s even more! The Apostles—Jesus first followers—also taught that those who believe in Christ are called to a new way of life. This isn’t a moralistic, legalistic set of rules to follow in order to keep God happy. This is a calling. Living life on a higher level in response to the amazing things Christ has done for us.
Historically, many have referred to this with the Greek term Didache. This word simple means “teaching”. It is mostly contained in the epistles—the letters—written by the Apostles. This important teaching can be summarized in the following way:
- Each believer is instructed to lay aside his old life, renew His mind in the teaching, and conform his new life to the will of God. (Ephesians 4:22-24; Romans 12:1-2)
- A set of virtues, which are only possible through God’s resources, are to characterize each believer. (Galatians 5:22-33; Colossians 3:12; 2 Peter 1:1-11)
- Individual households must be ordered properly, consistent with God’s created design for man and for the Church. (Ephesians 5:22-6:9; Colossians 3:18-4:1; 1 Peter 3:1-7)
- God’s household, the church—the pillar and support of the truth—must be properly ordered according to sound doctrine received from the Apostles, especially Paul. (1 Timothy 3:14-16; Titus 1:5-2:15; 2 Thessalonians 2:15; 3:6; Ephesians 3:1-13; Colossians 1:24-29)
- Each believer must be committed to do his part, both generally in one-another ministry and specifically in the use of his gifts in the building up of the church. (Romans 12:3-16; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6)
- A pattern of relationships within the church must be observed—characterized by love, brotherhood, mutual acceptance and respect—in which each is to diligently pursue unity in the bond of peace. (Romans 12:9-15; 14:1-7; Philippians 1:27-2:4; Ephesians 4:1-6)
- A pattern of relationships in the world must be observed—characterized by respect for government, employers, and other authorities, and love and good deeds toward neighbors and those in need. (Romans 13:1-7; Titus 2:14; 3:1,14)
- Individuals must lead responsible and sober lives—working hard, providing for their own, making the most of the time (because the days are evil), and keeping on the alert for Satan and his strategies in their lives. (Ephesians 5:1-22; 6:10-18; 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15; 1 Peter 5:6-11)
Jesus saves people for good works. Not by good works (Ephesians 2:8-10). He saves people so that we can live life in such a way that glorifies God, cooperates with what God is doing in the world and serves people in the best possible way: leading them into a right relationship with their Creator.
The Apostle Paul begged us to “walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which we’ve been called” (Ephesians 4:1). We can do no less. Join us in this didache. Join us living a life worthy of what Jesus has done for us.