Matthew 5:17-20 by Jerry Vines

MATTHEW 5:17-20
I believe that the greatest preacher who ever lived was the
Lord Jesus Christ. No man ever preached the way Jesus Christ
preached. When Jesus finished the Sermon on the Mount, the Bible
says,
...the people were astonished at his doctrine:
For he taught them as one having authority, and not as
the scribes (Matt. 5:28-29).
On another occasion, when Jesus was preaching, the Bible says
that it was said of him,
...Never man spake like this man (John 7:46).
All you have to do is just read the words of the Lord Jesus and
you will immediately discover that nobody ever taught and preached
like Jesus did. Jesus said one time,
... the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and
they are life.
No other person who ever taught or preached could ever make that
kind of statement. It is only as I speak the word of God and
share with you what God says in His Word that my words have spirit
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and life. There is no life or spirit in the words which I say
unless those words are drawn from the eternal, infallible,
inerrant Word of God. Every time Jesus opened His mouth, He was
speaking the literal Word of God. Jesus never had to ask a
question to get information. Every time Jesus spoke, He spoke
original, first hand truth. He spoke spirit and He spoke life.
Now because Jesus was the greatest teacher who ever lived and
we are studying the greatest sermon that has every been delivered,
we are interested in how Jesus goes about this kind of preaching.
One of the things that is going to become very apparent in this
message is that when Jesus preached he always applied what He said
to the lives of individuals. When people came to hear Jesus
preach He didn't talk about folks who were off somewhere else. He
addressed His remarks to the people who were right there in front
of Him. That's the way preaching is always to be. My preaching
is primarily intended for First Baptist Church. I doesn't make a
great deal of sense to me not to apply w ...


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