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On the Extraordinary Perfections of Christ as Teacher.

On the Extraordinary Perfections of Christ as Teacher.

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John, Chap. 7, Versk 46.
" Never man spake like this man."

John, Chap. 7, Versk 46.
" Never man spake like this man."

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Jul 15, 2014
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On the extraordinary perfections of Christ as teacher. REV. GEORGE BUIST, B, B. John, Chap. 7, Versk 46. " ever man spake like this man." Jesus Chnst is, in every respect, the most wonderful personage that ever appeared upon the theatre of the world. The personal gran- deur of his character, the innocence of his life, the noble generosity of his actions, the se- verity of his sufferings, Ihe sublimity and wis- dom of his discourses and instructions, taken either separately or in connection, have never been equalled in the history of mankind. In him we behold the Deity made flesh and dwel- ling among men. In him we see a man, holy, harmless, undefiled, and separate from sin- ners. In him we admire a great philanthro- pist continually going about doing good. In VOL. II. B 2 SERMO I. him we see a martyr suffering in the best of causes and with unexampled fortitude and re- signation. In him we listen to a great teach^ er speaking as never man spake — declaring truths of infinite importance, in a manner the most admirably adapted to the understanding of his hearers, with infinite wisdom and irre- sistible persuasion. Such a bright constellation of excellencies dazzles the sight, and can only be viewed
separately and in detail. The text, (which is not the language of encomium, or the pane- gyric of a friend, but the confession of his enemies, extorted by the irresistible force of truth,) leads us to consider him as a publick teacher, and to point out his great superiority, not only to the philosophers and orators of ancient heathenism, but also to all the former messengers and prophets of the Most High. And the truth of the assertion of the officers in the text will fully appear, if we consider the matter t the jnamier, and the effect of our Saviour's preachings, and shew that never man spake truths of such importance — never man spake in such a manner — never man spake with such authority and power. These three things constitute the excellence SERMO I. 3 of every discourse : that the matter be im- portant and worthy of attention ; that the manner be interesting, well adapted to the subject, and suited to the hearers — and lastly, that the intended effect may be produced, and a due impression made on the audience. I. The matter of our Saviour's discourses is superiour to that of any other teacher either heathen or Jew ; for none of them ever de- clared truths of such infinite importance to the world. The subject matter of our Saviour's dis- courses comprehends either such things as had been handled by former teachers, or such things as were altogether new, and of which
the world are indebted to him for the discov- ery. Many things indeed had engaged the attention of former teachers, which were alto- gether below his notice, which were too tri- fling to consume one moment of his precious time. For this purpose came he into the world, " that he might bear witness unto the " truth," — not to indulge in the false glossesand absurd commentaries of the scribes and pha- risees, the quibbles of the sophist, the vain conceits of the philosopher, the profane bab- blings and oppositions of science falsely so 4 SERxMO I. called. The most finished compositions of ancient times treat of subjects comparatively mean and insignificant : the rise and fall of states and empires, the debates of a faction, the petty interests and competitions of the present life. Jesus came with a message of infinitely greater extent and importance. He was in truth the oratour of the human race — his dis- courses were big with the fate of all mankind. He performed a work and derlared truths which were devised before the foundations of the earth were laid, and which reached into the remotest ages of eternity. The ancient phi- losophers and oratours had chiefly in view the display of their own talents, or of the powers of their art. Jesus sought only to deliver truths useful and instructive to his hearers. Their lectures were employed in inquiring into the origin of all things, in describing the courses of the planets, the laws of the material M^orld, the properties of an animal or a plant. Such barren speculations were foreign to the design of our Saviour's mission — he had a

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