“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts (Isaiah 55:9).”

The definition of a
Doctrinal statement

The word Doctrine comes from the Greek word meaning “teaching” or “that which is taught”, and is closely related to the word meaning “teacher”. A doctrine, in our case, can be seen as that which is taught, or a collection of those things taught, regarding our faith. To these things we give our word, or declaration, and claim them to be true. Therefore, a Doctrinal Statement is a collection of those things taught regarding our faith, which we hold, and declare, to be true.

 

The Reality of a
Doctrinal Statement

Job 38:2 “Who is this that darkens my council with words without wisdom.” The answer in this case is: Everyone. For who can help but feel inadequate, as well as arrogant, whenever we attempt to explain or shed light on the wonders of God. Who among men can stand assured when in vain we begin to expound His ways? With every utterance of explanation, we sell him short. For “…As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than yours, and my thoughts than your thoughts (Isa. 55:9).” How else can it be? For the Lord our God is Holy, which means that he is not only morally pure, but completely separated from and above all things created in Heaven and on earth. Because of this, when we begin to commune with or about God, whether directly or indirectly, we must remember our place in relation to Him; always being mindful that He is far too great for us to Fathom. Otherwise, like Job, we will be humbled before God and man as we cry “… I have declared that which I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know (Job 42:3).” In light of this, what can be said regarding our doctrines? Only this: Even with all the words, from all the languages in the all world, we lack the ability, and understanding, to express that which we are not wise enough to know in full. Now if this were the end of the argument, then a doctrinal statement would not be possible, or useful. But regardless of how incomprehensible God is to us now, we have the ability to know Him in part through His son, Jesus Christ. John writes of Christ: “No man has seen God at any time; the only begotten God, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him” (John 1:18).” We see a similar statement in 1 John 5:20: “And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding, in order that we might know Him who is true, and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.” It is to the limits of this relationship, and not beyond, that we know the Father and build our doctrines.