RefTagger Test

To teach contrary to Paul’s instructions was to teach different or heretical doctrine (ἑτεροδιδασκαλέω, G2281) and to fail to give heed to “the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness” (1 Tim. 6:3). In fact, Paul said that Timothy was to remind the Corinthians of Paul’s ways “as I teach them everywhere in every church” (1 Cor. 4:17). Similarly, Timothy was to “command and teach” (1 Tim. 4:11) and to “teach and urge” (1 Tim. 6:2) Paul’s instructions to the Ephesian church. Thus it was not prophecy but teaching which in a primary sense (from the apostles) first provided the doctrinal and ethical norms by which the church was regulated. And as those who learned from the apostles also taught, their teaching guided and directed the local churches.