May 18, 2013

Amazing Teaching – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:33 pm by sranderson0103

When Jesus had finished these words, the crowds were amazed at His teaching; (Matthew 7:28)

Many popular preachers today teach only that which reinforces  what most already believe, lessons designed to make people feel good and pat the preacher on the back. This verse tells us that the preaching of Jesus was different. The audience that had the opportunity to hear Jesus teach His sermon on the mount was “amazed.”

Consider the definition of this word provided by Thayer’s Greek lexicon.

“(εκπλησσω) …to strike out, expel by a blow, drive out or away; to cast off by a blow, to drive out;… to strike with panic, shock, astonish; passive to be struck with astonishment, astonished, amazed;”

The word implies that the teaching did not “fit in” with popular opinion. As is often the case with those who do not know the truth, it “struck them between the eyes.” It hit with the force of a sledgehammer.

There are four other verses that use this same word to describe the results of the teaching of Jesus, Matthew 22:33; Mark 1:22; 11:18; Luke 4:32. In addition, we learn that the proconsul Sergius Paulus was “amazed” (same word) at the doctrine of the Lord when he heard Paul preach, (Acts 13:12).

One astonishing aspect of the doctrine of Christ is indicated by Mark. “They were amazed at His teaching; for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.” (Mark 1:22). Jesus did not appeal to opinion polls or follow the deep ruts of tradition practice. He emphasized the contrast between what they had been hearing and what, “I say to you.” He was not suggesting that they comply. He commanded obedience.

While Jesus was here on earth, before He sat down at the right hand of God and began to reign with all authority, His lessons still required obedience. At this point, He explained, “My teaching is not mine,” He said, “but His that sent me,” (John 7:16). For the same reason, Paul could also teach this “astonishing” doctrine because he was careful to teach only the word of God. Likewise, gospel preachers today, and you, can speak with authority, when we believe and teach only the inerrant, doctrinal authority of God’s word.

When husbands or wives are emotionally involved in fierce conflicts with spouses, surrounded by biased friends who are encouraging them not to take it any more, they need more than suggestions. The overwhelming tide of what “everybody” thinks cannot be swept back with recommendations. We need the powerful force of the Creator’s word.

God’s divine institution, the home, will be stable when it is founded upon and maintained by “astonishing” authority. You will not be able to help in such tragic circumstances until you forget self-serving opinion trends and teach what the Judge demands.

It has become fashionable today, to avoid “indoctrination” in favor of “discussion” and “personal Christianity.” This is a great mistake and largely accounts for the increasing secularization of our society and the weak influence of Christians on our deteriorating society. Jesus commissioned Christians to “observe all that I commanded you,” (Matthew 28:20). It is imperative that we, like Paul, “not shrink from declaring to you the whole purpose of God,” (Acts 20:27), because whoever “does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God,” (II John 9).

Ideas suggested by an article by Henry Morris




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