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On the Example of Christ.
PHILLIPIANS ii. 5.
Let this Mind be in you, which was alfe in
How Chrift has abolished Death.
2 TIMOTHY i. 10.
Who bath abolished Death.
DISCOURSE XXI, XXII, XXIII,
How Chrift brought Life and Immortality
2 TIMOTHY i. 10.
And bath brought Life and Immorta
lity to Light through the Gospel. P. 399.
On Chrift's Authority as a Teacher.
MATTHEW vii. 28, 29.
And it came to pass, when Jefus had ended thefe Sayings, the People were aftonished at his Doctrine. For he taught them as one having Authority, and not as the Scribes.
AVING in fome former Dif courfes offered feveral Obfervations concerning the Excellency of our Saviour's Teaching, I now come to confider that which giveth Weight to all the reft, and in which he was eminently fuperior to all others that ever appeared under the Character of Teachers, VOL. IV. B
viz. the Divine Authority with which d
he oppofed his own Determinations, în a Manner which plainly fhewed, that he taught as having an Authority fuperior to theirs, an Authority not derived merely from Men, but from above. Thus the People understood it, and this feems to be what they principally intended in saying, that He taught as one having Authority, and not as the Scribes; i. e. as one having an extraordinary Divine Authority and Commiffion, which was what the Scribes, who were not Prophets, nor had the Power of working Miracles, could not pretend to.
But it may alfo farther fignify, that he taught with a wonderful Gravity and Dignity, with a Power and Energy that ftruck. and penetrated the Soul; whereas the Scribes taught in a cold, formal, lifeless Way, that made little Impreffion upon the Heart. That Character given of the Word of God, Heb. iv. 12, might well be applied to our Saviour's Teaching: The Word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged Sword, piercing even to the Dividing afunder of Soul and Spirit, end of the Joints and Marrow, and is a Difcerner of the Thoughts and Intents of the Heart. And this particularly appeared in the great Effects his Preaching had even upon many of those that were called Publicans and Sinners, in bringing them to a fincere ReB 2 pentance.