The Lord Jesus Christ - His teaching

    We know that thou art a teacher come from God." Jn 3:2.

"Never man spake like this man." Jn 7:46.

He stands as the peerless teacher of the ages

45 times the Gospels call Him 'Teacher' or 'Master'. see Jn 13:13

His followers were called disciples, or learners,

  • His manner.
    • It was dogmatic.
    • "I say unto you..." Jn 3:3, 5:24-25,
    • "he taught them as one having authority." Matt 7:29.
    • this authority was repugnant to some, but always unmistakable,
  • He spoke as a Divine messenger.
    • It was simple.
      • NO :- striving after effect : parade of learning : confusing sentences; references to science or philosophy : technical terms : secondary topics : shallow or trivial subjects : misunderstanding of the human mind. Jn 2:25,
      • FEW :- theological expressions : speculative or theoretical passages.
      • MANY :- commonplace illustrations : concise and pointed stories : vivid and lucid sentences : plain and direct statements : repetitions.
      • a unique combination of simplicity and profundity
      • "and the common people heard him gladly." Mk 12:37.
    • It was practical.
      • when the Sermon began, the application began. He made it pointedly personal.
      • everybody knew who the sermon was FOR, and were either enraptured or enraged.
      • He showed that doctrine must be translated into holy living.
      • It is not enough to 'talk the walk'. We must 'walk the talk',
      • He did not scale down His demands to meet the limitations of sinful human nature.
      • Our Lord's method, then, was - State : Illustrate : Apply
      • For an excellent example of this, see Matthew 6:24:34.
    • His subject matter.
      • God.
      • God the Father - He had come to reveal Him, and spoke about Him constantly.
      • God the Son - He sought to reveal both the fact and the meaning of His coming death and resurrection.
      • God the Holy Spirit - Teaching about His Person and ministry assumed increasing prominence as the time of His departure drew nearer.
      • The kingdom of God - He mentioned this 78 times, on 30 occasions, He stressed that God rules over all, Yet He has a spiritual kingdom, where Christ reigns in the heart of the believer. He spoke of this kingdom's nature, growth, and consummation
      • Godliness
      • Salvation - Typical themes are the reality and wickedness of sin the necessity and availability of righteousness : repentance conversion; the new birth : eternal life begun now : the end of the world : the judgement : heaven and hell.
      • Edification - He spoke about the nature of true worship : true and counterfeit faith: distinctive Christian behaviour : the believer's privileges : the believer's responsibilities to God, fellow-believers, others, himself, the state etc...
      • " And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth," Luke 4:22,
  • His humility.
    • "I am meek and lowly in heart." Matt 11:29.
    • He had humility within; spoke of it often; and was a living example of it.
    • The world despises it.
    • no ancient philosopher considered humility to be a virtue; but a vice
    • they had no word for it: only a word for 'faint-hearted', or 'mean spirited'.
    • the Lord Jesus Christ showed humility to be a primary virtue
    • it is the opposite of the first and greatest sin - pride
    • His teaching on the subject was radical. Lk 9:48, 14:11.
    • His disciples found it all but impossible to look upon humility as something to be desired, and not despised.
    • yet the world still confuses meekness with weakness, and lowliness with 'an inferiority complex'
    • it applauds those who seek attention, or strive after effect
    • it considers the humble to be insignificant.
    • He exemplified it.
    • "He made himself of no reputation.. humbled himself." Phil 2:7-8.
    • became "the carpenter's son." Matt 13:55.
    • poor. 2 Cor 8:9
    • a servant. Lk 22:27
    • a suffering servant ! Lk 12:50, yet see Is 53:7.
    • in complete subordination to His Father. Jn 5:19, 30, 7:16, 28, 8:28, 50
    • lovingly serving men, because He liked to do so. Matt 20:28, Jn 13:1-17:
    • yet all the time conscious of His divine origin and nature, and accepting men's worship as His due. Jn 13:1, Lk 7:38.
    • We should pursue it.
    • His washing of the disciples' feet is specifically said to have been an example. Jn 13.15.
    • We should carefully consider the following references, each of which teaches us that God's way up is down.
      • Matt 5:3-5
      • Matt 11:29
      • Matt 18:1-4
      • Lk 9:46-48
      • Lk 14:7-11
      • Lk 22:24-27
    • "In lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
    • Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
    • Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus...." Philippians 2:3-5.

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