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Matt. 7:24-27, "Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: {25} And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. {26} And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: {27} And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. {28} And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: {29} For he taught them as <one> having authority, and not as the scribes."

John 12:47-50, "And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. {48} He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. {49} For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. {50} And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak."

Introduction:

A. The Lord Jesus Christ is the Teacher Supreme! --- Unlike every other teacher, not only does His Teaching Still Live, but He Lives.

1. He is the Incarnation of The Truth.

2. He Came To Teach --- And all that He ever taught is perfectly summed up in Him --- His words are the Expression of Himself.

3. He not only spoke the Truth --- He Is The Truth!

John 14:6, "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

B. Notice the following Characteristics of Our Lord's Teaching:

1. The Authority With Which He Spoke.

a. Mark 1:22, "And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes."

b. The scribes had no message --- spoke about trivalities --- never spoke with any conviction.

c. 1 Peter 4:11, "If any man speak, <let him speak> as the oracles of God; if any man minister, <let him do it> as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen."

2. The Boldness With Which He Spoke.

a. He was Not Afraid of Anyone.

Matt. 23:27, "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead <men's> bones, and of all uncleanness."

John 7:26, "But, lo, he speaketh boldly, and they say nothing unto him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is the very Christ?"

b. Peter --- Acts 4:13, "Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus."

c. Paul --- Eph. 6:18-19, "Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; {19} And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,"

3. The Graciousness With Which He Spoke.

a. John 1:14, "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." --- V. 17, "For the law was given by Moses, <but> grace and truth came by Jesus Christ."

b. His words were an expression of Himself.

Luke 4:22, "And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph's son?"

4. The Simplicity With Which He Spoke.

a. His teaching was Profound, and yet,

Mark 12:37, "David therefore himself calleth him Lord; and whence is he <then> his son? And the common people heard him gladly."

b. Paul --- 1 Cor. 2:4, "And my speech and my preaching <was> not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:"

5. The Uniqueness of His Teaching.

a. Jesus was not only unique in what He taught, but in the way He did it.

b. John 7:46, "The officers answered, Never man spake like this man."

6. The Power of His Teaching.

a. His Words were Life and Power.

Luke 4:32, "And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power."

b. John 6:63, "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, <they> are spirit, and <they> are life."

c. Matt. 8:26, "And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm."

d. John 8:31-32, "Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, <then> are ye my disciples indeed; {32} And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

e. John 15:3, "Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you."

7. The Permanency of His Words.

a. The words of other great teachers have long been forgotten --- but His lives on.

b. Matt. 24:35, "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away."

c. 1 Peter 1:24-25, "For all flesh <is> as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: {25} But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you."

C. Jesus is truly the Wisdom and Power of God.

1. 1 Cor. 1:24, "But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

2. Col. 2:3, "In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge."

I. The Lord Jesus Christ Taught With Authority Because He Only Taught Those Things He Received From The Father.

A. John 8:26-28, "I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him. {27} They understood not that he spake to them of the Father. {28} Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am <he>, and <that> I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things." --- V. 38, "I speak that which I have seen with my Father:"

B. John 12:48-50, "He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. {49} For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. {50} And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak."

"What I should say" (the Matter) --- and "What I should speak" (the Words)

C. John 14:24, "He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me."

II. The Lord Jesus Christ Taught The Absolute Authority of The Old Testament Scriptures.

A. Many today who profess to be followers of the Lord, deny the authority of the Old Testament.

B. Jesus constantly referred to and quoted from the Scriptures of the Old Testament.

1. Jesus Endorsed The Opening Chapters of Genesis.

Matt. 24:37, "But as the days of Noe <were>, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be."

Mark 10:6, "But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female."

Matt. 15:4, "For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death."

Luke 24:27, "And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself."

2. For more confirming scriptures, compare:

1 Sam. 21:6, "So the priest gave him hallowed <bread>: for there was no bread there but the showbread, that was taken from before the LORD, to put hot bread in the day when it was taken away."

Matt. 12:3-4, "But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him; {4} How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the showbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests?"

1 Kings 17:9, "Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which <belongeth> to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee."

Luke 4:26, "But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, <a city> of Sidon, unto a woman <that was> a widow."

2 Kings 5:1, "Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honourable, because by him the LORD had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in valour, <but he was> a leper."

Luke 4:27, "And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian."

C. Our Lord quoted from: Isa. 61:1 --- Jer. 7:11 --- Dan. 11:31 --- Hosea 6:6 --- Jonah 1:17 --- Zech. 13:7, and Mal. 3:1.

D. Jesus Honored The Entire Bible as the Authoritative Word of God, saying --- "... the Scriptures Must Be Fulfilled ..."

Mark 14:49, "I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and ye took me not: but the scriptures must be fulfilled."

John 13:18, "I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me." --- 17:12, "While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled."

III. The Lord Jesus Christ Taught The Absolute Authority of The New Testament Scriptures.

A. 2 Tim. 3:16, "All scripture <is> given by inspiration of God, and <is> profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:"

B. 2 Peter 1:21, "For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake <as they were> moved by the Holy Ghost."

C. 1 Cor. 2:13, "Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual."

D. From this study, we learn that Jesus Christ is Our Teacher --- He is the Living Word.

John 1:1-2, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. {2} The same was in the beginning with God." --- V. 14, "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth."

E. He speaks to us today with authority Through The Written Word.

Psa. 119:160, "Thy word <is> true <from> the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments <endureth> for ever."




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