IT is certainly a great favor, which can never be sufficiently estimated, that Jesus's views of the system of true religion, taken from His own mouth, and recorded soon after, have been preserved and handed down to us, that we may each see for ourselves what those doctrines are, which it concerns us to believe, and what those duties are which it concerns us to practice.
To exhibit a summary view of the leading doctrines and duties which Christ preached, is the principal design of this discourse.
To attend minutely to every sentiment communicated by Christ in His public ministry, is not proposed; not is it intended to advert to all the evidence which might be adduced in support of the leading articles of His scheme. The design is only to give the outlines -- to notice the principal doctrines and duties of that system of truth to which He bore witness, to adduce evidence as may be deemed necessary; and then make some remarks and reflections.
The principal doctrines and duties which Christ preached are the following:
UNITY. -- He taught his disciples to believe the unity of the Godhead, that there is but one God; he ever spoke to and of God in the singular number. Thus he approved of the language of Moses: "Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God and Him only shalt thou serve"; and again, "Hear, O Israel, the Lord, or God is one Lord"; and on another