This is a sermon that we're posting by request. Brother Gill
preached it on June 15, 2016. It was the last sermon that he
preached before departing from that fellowship. In the times we
live, so much is taught in the name of Jesus Christ that is
contrary to the very words that He preached. Before His ascension
into heaven, He told the disciples, "Go ye therefore and teach all
nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things
whatsoever I have commanded you." (Matthew 28:19-20a) Since they
were instructed to teach us His teachings: What did Jesus
Here are the notes for this sermon:
What did Jesus Teach?
*The issue is not: “do you like or agree with
what I say?” The issue is, “What do the scriptures command?”
- The word “Christian” means “follower of Christ.”
- “Disciple” means, “A follower; an adherent to the doctrines of
- To “follow” means, “to walk after; practice”; or “act in
conformity to” that which is being followed.
- So, to be a Christian, or disciple of Christ, is to walk after,
practice, and act in conformity to the teachings and doctrines of
Jesus Christ. You should speak as Jesus spoke,
walk as Jesus walked, and believe as Jesus
taught: Without exception.
- In Matthew 11:28 Jesus said, “Take my yoke upon you, and
learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and
ye shall find rest unto your souls.”
- In Luke 6:46-49 Jesus said, “And why call ye me, Lord,
Lord, and do not the things which I say? Whosoever cometh
to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I
will shew you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built an
house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when
the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and
could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. But he that
heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation
built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat
vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was
- This is also repeated in the writings of the Apostles:
- 1 Timothy 6:3-4a says, “If any man teach otherwise, and consent
not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus
Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to
godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing,…”
- 1 John 2:3-6 says, “And hereby we do know that we know him, if
we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth
not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But
whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected:
hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth
in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.”
*Whose Spirit is it that Christians are born of anyways? Cf.
- Knowing that the scriptures set forth this truth, the question
we are going to ask is, “What did Jesus teach?”
- Are Jesus’ teachings applicable to Christians today?
- Some people teach that all, or parts, of Christ’s teachings
were not meant to be obeyed by Christians but were part of a
previous “dispensation of the law”. Here are some reasons why that
is not true:
- It contradicts Christ’s own words about when the time of the
Law of Moses ended: Christ said in Luke 16:16, “The law and the
prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is
preached, and every man presseth into it.”
- This verse states very clearly that Christ’s own preaching was
not of the Law of Moses, but about the gospel of the kingdom of
- It contradicts Christ’s commandments to the Apostles as part of
the great commission: Christ told them, “Go ye therefore, and teach
all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the
Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all
things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with
you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matthew
- It contradicts Christ’s own teachings. Christ taught that there
is nothing that man can eat that can defile Him, which contradicts
the Law of Moses.
- These three points make clear that what Christ taught
throughout His entire earthly ministry was intended for Christians
under the new covenant, and all His commandments in all the gospels
are still expected to be obeyed TODAY.
- How did JESUS preach the Gospel?
- In Matthew 4:23 it says, “And Jesus went about all Galilee,
teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of
the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all
manner of disease among the people.”
- In Matthew 24:14 it says, “And this gospel of the
kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness
unto all nations; and then shall the end come.”
- From the beginning of Christ’s earthly ministry to the end of
it He preached the gospel of the kingdom. He even states here that
this gospel of the kingdom would be preached in “all the
world” and then would be the end of the world and the return of the
- From Luke 16:16 to Acts 20:25, from Jesus Christ to the apostle
Paul decades later it was the same gospel of the kingdom
being preached. So how did Christ and the apostles present
- Matthew 4:17 says, “From that time Jesus began to preach, and
to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
- Mark 1:14-15 says, “Now after that John was put in prison,
Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of
God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is
at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.”
- *Notice what is not said.
- “Jesus loves you” is not ONCE ever used to draw sinners to
Christ. *Give the parachute illustration—the motive of the
sinner coming to Christ is of first importance.
- “Asking Jesus into your heart” is not ONCE ever said or used to
draw sinners to Christ.
- Telling people God will fix all their problems is not once used
to draw sinners to Christ.
- The gospel is not just for the broke down and beaten, drug
taking, drunken, poor people of the world. It is for the rich,
affluent, happy, cultured, and “intelligent” people also. The issue
is over sin, righteousness, and judgement to
- The Lord said count the cost (which means it costs something to
belong to Jesus Christ), He said deny yourself (not love yourself
and be who you are), He said if you love father, mother, sister,
wife, or your own children more than Him you are not worthy of Him
(and He makes very clear in His words to the church at Sardis that
you CAN walk worthy of Him, “Thou hast a few names even in Sardis
which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me
in white: for they are worthy. He that overcometh, the same shall
be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out
of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father,
and before his angels.” (Revelation 3:4-5))
- The gospel is ALWAYS preached commanding the lost to
- Many of you may be thinking, “Brother Jonathan, we know that.
That’s what we do.” I know that we say it, but it is quite
another thing to EXPECT it and UPHOLD it.
- How did Jesus teach Repentance?
- Turn to Matthew 21:28-31, “But what think ye?
A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said,
Son, go work to day 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. Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They
say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto
you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God
- Jesus taught that the young man who repented
was the one who DID the will of the Father. The
Lord taught that that is what will result in entering into
the kingdom of God. That is saving repentance.
- Some of you may say, “Brother Jonathan, we’re saved by grace
through faith and not of works. You’re certainly emphasizing a lot
- Yes, but what did Jesus teach about Faith and believing?
- How did Jesus teach faith?
- John 8:12 says, “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am
the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in
darkness, but shall have the light of life.”
- The Lord clearly identifies his followers; which is the
definition of a Christian. If we are following Him: we are not
walking in darkness. The results are that we shall have the light
- Matthew 7:21-23 says, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord,
Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the
will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that
day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy
name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful
works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart
from me, ye that work iniquity.”
- How can we say that it is doing the will of God that makes us
enter into the kingdom of heaven and also be saved by grace through
- Turn to Mark 2:1-5, “And again he entered into
Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the
house. And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that
there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the
door: and he preached the word unto them. And they come unto him,
bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. And when
they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the
roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down
the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. When Jesus saw
their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy
sins be forgiven thee.”
- How can Jesus SEE faith: by what they did. (Heb. 11:1; James
- What some may say then is, “Brother Jonathan, no one knows the
heart but God alone. So we can’t expect these things all the time.”
Is that what Jesus Christ taught?
- What did Jesus teach about how you live outwardly and the state
of the heart?
- Turn to Matthew 12:33-35, “Either make the
tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and
his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. O generation
of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of
the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of
the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an
evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.”
- Men DO that which is in their heart.
- Mark 6:21 says, “For where your treasure is, there will your
heart be also.”
- Matthew 15:18-20 says, “But those things which proceed out of
the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For
out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders,
adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These
are the things which defile a man: but to eat with
unwashen hands defileth not a man.”
- Christ taught saying, “For a good tree bringeth not forth
corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of
thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they
grapes. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth
forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure
of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the
abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.” (Luke 6:43-45)
- Some people will then say, seeking to justify themselves,
“Brother Jonathan, no one really knows who the true Christians
are.” Is that what Jesus taught?
- Did Jesus teach that no one knows who the true children of God
- Turn to Matthew 13:24-30, “Another parable put
he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a
man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his
enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But
when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then
appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came
and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field?
from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath
done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go
and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the
tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together
until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the
reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in
bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.”
- The average interpretation of this passage says: The field is
the church, there are tares and wheat in the church, no one can
tell the difference between them, and we have no authority to try
to separate them.
- The problem with those things is that Jesus Himself interpreted
the parable differently.
- V. 36-40, “Then Jesus sent the multitude away,
and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying,
Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. He answered
and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;
The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the
kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; The
enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the
world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are
gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this
- Christ Himself teaches that the field is the world (not the
church), it nowhere implies that there are supposed to be
tares in the church, Christ says it is when the wheat brought forth
fruit that the tares were made apparent, and even the Apostle Paul
taught that if any man called himself a Christian and lived in sin
the brethren were supposed to separate from him so that he
would be ashamed and repent.
- Christ said the thing that separated the children of the
kingdom from the children of the wicked one was that they brought
- John 15 makes very clear that those who are continuing in
Christ will bring forth fruit. It is
- The same is also confirmed by the words of the Apostle John,
“In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the
devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he
that loveth not his brother.” (1 John 3:10)
- So Christ and the apostles taught that you can absolutely
identify those who are believers.
- Some other things that Jesus taught that contradict the average
- The world and the believer will be at enmity.
John 15:18-19 says, “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated
me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would
love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have
chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.” And
in John 17:14-16, “I have given them thy word; and the world hath
hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of
the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the
world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are
not of the world, even as I am not of the world.”
- Christ said, “The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth,
because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.” If
Christ said the world would hate us, what does that imply about how
we speak about it? If the world has your affections then the Lord
- In Matthew 5:31-32 Christ said, “It hath been said, Whosoever
shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement:
But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving
for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and
whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.”
- Many today teach that it’s okay to remarry after divorce. They
that do so set aside the very clear teaching of Jesus Christ.
Someone who truly desires to please God doesn’t make excuses for
not keeping His commandments, and they don’t make up loopholes to
convince themselves otherwise either. Christ is very clear
about what He commands.
- Christ also taught in Matthew 5:33-37 saying, “Again, ye have
heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not
forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths: But
I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is
God's throne: Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by
Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King. Neither shalt thou
swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or
black. But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for
whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.”
- Oaths under any sort of penalty have been condemned by Christ
as being evil.
- I will be blunt now: There are people in this very congregation
who have taken oaths under penalty of death. When you sat there in
secret in your underwear with a bag over your head and a rope
around your neck, and when they poked you in the chest and made you
give your oath and confess your secrets to them so that they would
tell you their “secret doctrine”: did you think you were
pleasing Jesus Christ? What communion hath light with darkness, and
what concord hath Christ with Belial?
- Jesus taught these things after this manner. His followers
teach them also. Be careful lest you should put words in the Lord’s
mouth that He never said nor intended.
- Let’s put them in contrast.
- A person who teaches and practices according to the teachings
of Jesus Christ witnesses as follows:
- When conversing with an unbeliever he speaks of righteousness,
temperance, and judgment to come.
- He shows him how he has broken the commandments of God and
therefore the wrath of God abides on him. He makes it personal with
the man and not general. (“thou art the man” not “all have
- If the man understands these things and shows conviction of sin
and humbleness toward God for his sin then the believer continues
on to grace. If the man does not humble himself but seeks to
justify himself in self-righteousness then the believer does not
offer him grace because God resists the proud and gives grace to
- The believer continues with the humble man to tell how Christ
died for the ungodly to make a sacrifice for sin, and that the man
should repent of his sin, put his faith in Jesus Christ, and then
do works meet for repentance.
- The believer, upon seeing the man confess his sin and cast
himself upon Christ after some manner, will expect
to see an outward change in the man in a reasonable amount of time.
He will encourage him to put away sin and worldliness, give himself
wholly to the word of God, earnestly seek the face of God in
prayer, and live an outward life of holiness according to the
commandments of God.
- If the believer does not see a change in the life of the new
professing believer to one of holiness and separation from
the world then he warns him to change his ways.
- If the man does not repent, in accordance with the commandments
of scripture, he will bring one or two other Christians with him to
encourage the man to repent and live according to the commandments
- If the man refuses to repent still, he is taken before the
entire congregation and is encouraged to put away sin and
worldliness, according to the scriptural standards.
- If the man refuses still to put away sin and worldliness then
the congregation separates from him and esteems him to be a
lost man yet in his sins.
- If at any time before this point the man repents and orders his
life according to the word of God, he is received again in
fellowship and continues to grow in knowledge of the scriptures and
love for the Lord Jesus Christ.
- A person who teaches and practices according to the teachings
of “Church-ianity” goes as follows:
- When conversing with an unbeliever the “Church-ian” speaks of
the church he attends: how wonderful it is, how nice the people
are, how pretty the choir sings, and how he’s been going there
since he was five years old. “Church” is the abundance of
his heart, not Jesus Christ.
- If ever talking to the person about the gospel, and not church,
he will speak of sin generally and not specifically or directly.
“All men have sinned, everyone knows they’ve sinned against
- He will not define sin and make a personal application or
appeal to the man. Because of this the man will not be offended,
but he will also not know God’s standards or what sin is.
- He will not tell him God is angry with him, that the wrath of
God abides on him, and that unless he repents he will be cast into
Hell justly by God.
- He emphasizes that Jesus loves him, or that he has a God shaped
whole in his heart, or that God can heal his marriage, help him get
sober and clean, or give him peace in his life.
- The man is told it is “easy to be saved” and that he must “ask
Jesus into his heart”.
- He will not be told to count the cost, to take up his own cross
and follow Christ, to deny himself, to love God more than anyone
else, to expect persecution, that he must keep the commandments of
God, that he must endure to the end, and that he must do the will
of God from the heart.
- So he prays a prayer sincerely: He sincerely wants love in his
life, to be happy and satisfied in life, and to enjoy a community
of really nice and positive people. Besides, he knows he’s made
mistakes in his life before, and God’s probably not happy with
everything he’s ever done.
- He is told he has been born again, that if God gave him eternal
life he could never lose it, because it’s a gift he didn’t earn,
and eternal life is eternal right?
- He is treated as a Christian, though the only difference in his
life is that he comes to a nice building 3 times a week and there
enjoys talking with nice people about nice things.
- He likes the preacher a lot. He’s a really good speaker; though
it’s hard for him to remember sometimes what he was teaching
because his mind wanders a lot. All he knows is that he can’t take
more than 30 minutes of preaching: he’s got places to be.
- He doesn’t read his bible much, if at all. He finds it hard to
understand and rather dull. He’d much rather watch the newest movie
or TV show that everyone is talking about. He likes “Christian”
movies also, because they really stir his emotions and make the
bible come alive: even though they tell things very differently
than his bible.
- He is never called “worldly” or “carnal”, because it’s not
loving to do so. It’s the Holy Spirit’s job to do all the
convicting and negative things, except when the Spirit lays on
everyone’s heart to sing. Besides, they can’t judge him. No one
knows who the true children of God are: everyone knows that.
- He never misses church. Every time the doors are open he’s
there. It’s really important to him. He tries to get involved. It’s
good to try to make an impact on the community and invite people to
- But if he ever gets out of church or distracted from spiritual
things, he can always console himself with the fact that Jesus
loves him, and he will never leave him nor forsake him.
- So he thinks to himself, “I will just sit back, relax, and
enjoy my salvation.”
- In closing, Turn to John 3:20-21:
- “For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh
to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth
truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest,
that they are wrought in God.”
- John 14:21 says, “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth
them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved
of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to
- Don’t console yourself thinking, “Jesus loves me anyways.”
These are the words of Jesus Christ, saying, “he that hath my
commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he
that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love
- God loves the whole world, that doesn’t mean the whole world is
going to heaven.
- Now with every head up, and every eye looking at me: Are you a
Christian? Do you truly follow him, and keep his commandments? Do
you teach and uphold His doctrine? Please truly examine yourself,
and see if you are in the faith. He is the one to whom you must
give account, and he is the one who said you must do the will of
the Father to enter into the kingdom of Heaven.