Saying, What think you of Christ? whose son is he? They say to him, The son of David.
I. THAT CHRISTIANITY CHALLENGES HUMAN THOUGHT. It is a system of thought; its first impulse is to set the mind at work. You will find in all systems of error a tendency to prevent men from thinking. Tyrants do not wish their people to think. Man is not only to think of things on earth, but of things in heaven. How elevating the character of the thought; it travels to the spiritual and invisible.
II. THE EFFECT WHICH THE THOUGHTS HE. GIVES HAS UPON LITERATURE. The thoughts of Christ are the thoughts that give power to the world. The people who worship Christ are the great inventors and law-givers to our earth.
III. WHERE CHRIST IS RECEIVED AS DIVINE, HUMANITY BECOMES DIGNIFIED AND ENNOBLED; for if Christ was Divine, the human nature may be nearly joined to God. Man is lifted up from grovelling appetites, and becomes the prospective inhabitant of eternity; heir to a throne. Christ connected with human nature sanctifies it.
IV. NOTE ONE PROPHECY. Isaiah saw Him as a child that was born, a son given, called Wonderful, etc. These characteristics of Christ are all fulfilled in Christianity. Christianity was small at first. The cry of a child was heard; then it grew strong like a son, coming to grasp the government; and then it was wonderful. Then as the everlasting Father it is full of pity. "What think ye of Christ?" When we look at Him personally He is our Saviour. Whatever we think I know what others think; the angels, "Glory to God in the highest," etc. What do the host of the departed think: "Unto Him that loved us," etc.
Parallel VersesKJV: Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The Son of David.