So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us.
Apostolic authority was and is spoken first and then it is recorded by swift scribes. Some as is written here were letters and as Peter said, some very hard to understand. In other words, the meaning was very difficult to accurately isolate. Try reading Romans a few times and see how many times you come up with your head buzzing. I think Isaiah is another one that has that effect on me. We can have a degree of courage if we have the Spirit of Christ, for if we do not have this witness with one another, there would be no way of knowing if we were being spoken to by a ‘preacher of righteousness’ (one of satan’s messengers) The Scriptures, Traditions and Magisterium are not flawless…though we might like to imagine that, but the agency whereby they have come is flawed and as a result we need stronger way of discovering the correct meaning, to isolate the word of God or voice of God is crazy and I don’t think we were ever meant to do that. It immediately then makes assertions about authority that is only reserved for the one who speaks and the sea roars, the mountains tremble, who left a glow on the face of Moses, which he drapped in a shroud (papyrus - just my funny thought) and kept it on long after the glory had faded. Moses description of the burning bush can never replace the actual burning bush, and Scripture is only a sketch book of the Creator who lives forever in light unapproachable.
Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ. Now I praise you because you remember me in everything and hold firmly to the traditions, just as I delivered them to you.
No doubt this is where we should all be at. We have these fragments and pieces, we patch a pretty quilt. Some say it all means this, others that, we weigh it all by the Spirit of Christ, and if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is NONE of His.
"Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.
He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.
Yes, a noble task to preach the ORACLE of GOD. This we do most humbly knowing that it cannot be accomplished without the indwelling Spirit of Christ.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
The meaning has been passed on and hopefully we have not lost the meaning in our fractured texts, or wobbly traditions and our human Magisterium. It has been 2000 years plus since Christ gave these instructions and yet we do not see a unified front. The meaning of what it means to be a disciple varies from denomination to denomination, from one person to the next…ONLY if we are united in the truth of living from the Spirit of Christ within, do we have a hope of unification. It is my firm conviction. He is with us, but as He said, and He will be IN YOU.
but in case I am delayed, I write so that you will know how one ought to conduct himself in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth.
To be a pillar and a support reminds me a little of looking at a packed soccer stadium. We are in that number if we have the Spirit of Christ, if not we are none of His. We as a unified body are the pillar and support, but we are not the truth. The truth is Christ and He does not need pillar or support, the idea here is more of a network of pillars (those who stand out through History as being those who spoke by the Spirit of Christ.) and the support are the many, many souls who have stood faithful for Christ, many whose blood was shed, whose blood cries up for justice and the coming Government of God.
In the end we are so alone on this blue dot, and without an inner knowing and a way to understand what the voice of God is saying we are set to mumble sweet nothings to one another, and perhaps that is all this is. Sweet dialogue between Creator and creature which finds so many meanings, and with tolerance we are able to settle and rest in the completed work of the Lord Jesus Christ.