Which ones were passed down by word of mouth, and which ones were passed down by letter?
2 Thessalonians 2:15
ESV - 15 So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter.
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There are no oral or written "traditions." What is written in verses 2:1-3? Our Apostle, Paul, tells his fellow Christians not to tremble over the rumor that the Tribulation and the 2nd Coming are just around the corner. Read verses 5-14. He isn't talking about the Jewish traditions, the "traditions of men." He wants them to remain steadfast in the understanding that there will be a return of Jesus. "Traditions" they are to "hold fast to" are those truths they have been taught. "Traditions," in this sense, is a warning. In effect, Paul is saying "Don't trust your traditions --- trust what you have been taught, what you have learned."
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