Christ’s Doctrine Of Man And Sin -- By: H. J. Flowers

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 085:337 (Jan 1928)
Article: Christ’s Doctrine Of Man And Sin
Author: H. J. Flowers


Christ’s Doctrine Of Man And Sin

H. J. Flowers

The message of salvation was at the heart of the teaching of Jesus. His message was a Gospel. His desire was to save men from sin and all its consequences. He began His memorable sermon at Nazareth with the startling assertion that the promised day of deliverance had at last come. His preaching was addressed to sinners, to the weary, the outcast, the lonely, those in need of a physician, the depraved. Such a message demands a twofold view of human nature. First of all, man is dear to God. God loves him and wants him. He is a being of dignity and worth. And then secondly, man is lost. He has wandered from home. He has to be sought for and brought back. There is a barrier between him and God. That is the whole doctrine of man as it was conceived by Jesus. In the life of men, there is the combination of dignity and tragedy. Ordinary men and women are at once the children of God and the servants of the devil. Our Lord’s whole attitude to human nature resolves itself into those two thoughts.

We are met on every page of the New Testament with the evidence of this. The work of Jesus was to preach the Gospel, the Good News, the Glad Tidings. He spoke to men, conscious of their depravity and yet unfalteringly confident of the love of a Father whose grace could reach down to the deepest roots of their worst faults, and make them to be ineffective. It was the Gospel of the glory of God, the Gospel of salvation, the Gospel of the grace of God, the Gospel of Jesus Christ that the early Church was privileged to preach. The name of the babe of Bethlehem was Jesus, “Saviour,” for He was to save the people from their sins. The message given to the shepherds was, “Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people, for there is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour who is Christ the Lord.” There was “no other name under heaven, given among men whereby men must be saved.” This is the general tone

of the New Testament. Jesus might do this for one and that for another. To the blind, He might give sight. To the sick, He might give health. To the hungry, He might give food. To the dead, He might give life. But all this gracious activity was taken to be symbolical of a greater work which embraced it all, a work which had directly to do with the soul of man, the work of bringing the wandering children of God back to the home of their Father.

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The first point that needs examination in the study of the doctrine of man is one of psychology. There is no need to take very seriously the many attempts to work out a scientific Biblical Psychology, for, as a matter of fact, there is no such thing. The ...

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