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GREAT TEACHER:

CHARACTERISTICS

OF OUR

LORD'S MINISTRY:

BY THE

REV. JOHN HARRIS.

WITH AN INTRODUCTORY ESSAY,
BY HEMAN HUMPHREY, D. D.

President of Amherst College.

THIRD EDITION.

A MHERST:
J. S. & C. ADAMS.

1837.

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Entered, according to the act of Congress, in the year

1835, by J. S. & C. Adams, in the Clerk's Ofice of the District Court of Massachusetts.

J. S. & C. Adams, Printers.

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A Divine Teacher needed-Desired-Might have been

expected--Was predicted–His advent in the person of

Christ-His lowly condition-Herald-Installation to

office-Subject proposed-A very small portion of his

discourses recorded-Scope of his teaching-First char-

acteristic, authority. I. * Authority of goodness-Invi-

tations, Beatitudes. II. Authority of greatness-

Claims universal audience-Superiority to Jonah, Sol-

omon, and all the great naines of the Jewish Church-

Supremacy--Central object of the judgment day-

Impress his name on every thing-Speaks of all

things awful and sublime, calmly, like one familiar

with them-Teaching, declarative and dogmatic.

III. Authority of solemnity–His peculiar formula-

His denunciations of woe. IV. Legislative authority

-Revises the Mosaic code-Asserts his superiority to

law -Repeals existing economy-Controls laws of na-

ture himself, and confers the power on others—' I say

unto you,'-His new commandment-Not only enacts

laws, but ensures obedience-Forgives sin-Reposed
on his own personal authority-Conclusion-His

teaching exempt from all supposable circumstances

unfavorable to authoritative teaching-Taught with

the perfect conviction of the truth of his doctrine-

His example enforced it-Cordial sympathy with it

Knew the ultimate principles on which his doctrines

rested-And the supreme value of the truth he taught

- And the purity of his own motives—And the ulti-

mate triumph of his doctrine-All this must have

clothed his teaching, especially when contrasted with

the prevailing mode of Jewish instruction, with com-

manding power-His disciples should be distinguished

by reverence and docility-These dispositions to be

sought and found at the throne of grace.

His person unique-Not understood by his disciples till

after his ascension. I. The complexity of his person.
II. Object of his advent--Evinced the divine existence
-Embodied the Divine spirituality-But, chiefly, rep-
resented the Divine character. III. Mode of manifes-
tation-By sensible representation-Affirming that all
he did was only in fulfillment of the Father's commis-
sion-Ascending the cross-Saving the outcast--Iden-
tifying his interest with ours-Sending salvation to
Jerusalem--Giving his own Spirit to his disciples-
Interceding--Personally-Allowing us to plead his
name-Engaging himself to answer prayer-Object of
the whole to demonstrate that "God is love;' and to
make us the heirs of that love.

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• The devil and his angels.'

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Satan the prince of devils—Number of his agents--His

apostacy, and ruin of man--His power on earth, a
kingdom-Organized-Long almost_undisputed-
Christ came to dispute his authorityTook an affect-
ing view of human vassalage-Satan, aware of his
advent-Undertook to conduct his templation-Made
his life an incessant conflict-Compassed his death-

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