The Simplicity of Christ's Teachings
Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.
Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC
By: Charles Timothy Brooks
Excerpt from book: III. DOING AND BELIEVING. A CERTAIN MAN HAD TWO SONS: AND HE CAMK TO THE FIRST AND SAID, SON, GO WOHK TO-DAT IN MY VINEYARD. HE ANSWERED AND SAID, I WILL NOT: BUT AFTERWARD HE REPENTED AND WENT. AND HE CAME TO THE SECOND AND SAID LIKEWISE. AND HE ANSWERED AND SAID, I GO, SIR, AND WENT NOT. Matt. Xxi. 28-30. THEN SAID THEY UNTO HIM, WHAT SHALL WE DO, THAT WE MIGHT WORK THE WORKS OF GOD ? JESUS ANSWERED AND SAID UNTO THEM, THIS IS THE WORK OF GOD, THAT YE BELIEVE ON HIM WHOM HE HATH Sent. John vi. 28, 29. By way of breaking up the narrowing, enslaving, and distracting influence which the old, time-hallowed way of building upon single texts of Scripture has upon the mind, it is well for us, occasionally, to deduce the doctrine, on which we are going to meditate in these hours, from several different parts of the record, comparing them with each other, and with the inner light which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. By this course, we are tempted and assisted to rise out of the besetting tyranny of the letter and the form into the healthful and enduring religion of the spirit. The two extracts from our Master's discoursings with the Jews, which I have drawn together to make the basis of my sermon, belong, as you perceive, to quite different occasions, originally, but still theyboth bear upon the same great question, namely, what Christ, in the name of the Father, calls man to do: and they are, in such manner, supplements to each other, that whoso will read and reflect upon them in connection shall get a better impression of the word of Christ, as combining the liberal and the practical traits of a " law of liberty," than the readers of the written, and the hearers of the preached, word do generally receive. There is a twofold propriety in our cons...