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THE TEACHING OF JESUS
REV. GEORGE JACKSON, B.A.
“Whosoever goeth onward and abideth not in the teaching of Christ, hath not God: he that abideth in the teaching, the same hath both the Father and the Son.“–2 JOHN IX (R.V.).
DORA, KENNETH, BASIL, ARNOLD
MY WISEST TEACHERS
IN THE THINGS OF GOD
The following chapters are the outcome of an attempt to set before a large Sunday evening congregation–composed for the most part of working men and women–the teaching of our Lord on certain great selected themes. The reader will know, therefore, what to look for in these pages. If he be a trained Biblical scholar he need go no further, for he will find nothing here with which he is not already thoroughly familiar. On the other hand, the book will not be wholly without value even to some of my brother-ministers if it serve to convince them that a man may preach freely on the greatest themes of the gospel, and yet be sure that the common people will hear him gladly, if only he will state his message at once seriously and simply, and with the glow that comes of personal conviction. Indeed, one may well doubt if there is any other kind of preaching that they really care for.
My indebtedness to other workers in the same field is manifold. As far as possible detailed acknowledgement is made in the footnotes. Wendt’s Teaching of Jesus and Beyschlag’s New Testament Theology have been always at my elbow, though not nearly in such continual use as Stevens’ Theology of the New Testament, a work of which it is impossible to speak too highly. Brace’s Kingdom of God, Stalker’s Christology of Jesus, Harnack’s What is Christianity? Horton’s Teaching of Jesus, Watson’s Mind of the Master, Selby’s Ministry of the Lord Jesus, and Robertson’s Our Lord’s Teaching (a truly marvellous sixpenny worth), have all been laid under contribution, not the less freely because I have been compelled to dissent from some of their conclusions. Like many another busy minister, I am a daily debtor to Dr. Hastings and his great Dictionary of the Bible. And, finally, I gladly avail myself of this opportunity of expressing once more my unceasing obligations to the Rev. Professor James Denney, of Glasgow. Now that Dr. Dale has gone from us, there is no one to whom we may more confidently look for a reasonable evangelical theology which can be both verified and preached.
It only remains to add that in these pages critical questions are for the most part ignored, not because the pressure of the problems which they create is unfelt, but because as yet they have no place among the certainties which are the sole business of the preacher when he passes from his study to his pulpit.
Luke xxiv. 19. “A prophet mighty in word before God and all the people.“
John iii. 2. “A teacher come from God.“
John xvii. 11. “Holy Father.“
Matthew xvi. 15. “Who say ye that I am?“
Mark x. 45. “The Son of Man came … to give His life a ransom for many.“
John xiv. 16. “I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may be with you for ever, even the Spirit of truth.“
John xvi. 7. “It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I go away, I will send Him unto you.“
Matthew vi. 10. “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so on earth.“
Luke xv. 10. “There is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.“