I would like to unfold this by using an example to illustrate it. A
car accident involving four automobiles took place at an
intersection. There were four eyewitnesses--one on each corner. The
first car went out of control and hit the second. It in turn was
pushed into the third and the third into the fourth. Now, the four
witnesses did not give identical accident reports because they all
observed it from different locations. All four of them had their
attention fixed on different vehicles, and they all saw what
happened on different sides.
This accident had four different observations, just as we see in
the four gospels. Each man saw a different dimension of Christ in
The four gospels speak about the Lord Jesus Christ and His work.
Four men who were with the Lord Jesus Christ throughout His entire
ministry wrote the four gospels. They each had their own
observations because they saw Him in four separate dimensions. With
the report of four men on the gospel of Jesus Christ, we have a
much richer view because they each saw a different central theme of
the ministry of Christ.
Concerning the Sermon on the Mount, apparently Luke was not as
affected by it as Matthew was because Luke only wrote twenty-nine
verses about it. Matthew wrote three full chapters on the Sermon on
the Mount. A different central theme caught each of their
attention. All four gospels speak about the Lord Jesus Christ and
His ministry, but they each have their own theme.
In the Gospel of Matthew, the theme is the Lord Jesus Christ as
King. In the Gospel of Mark, the theme is the Lord Jesus Christ as
the lowly servant of the Father. Lukeís gospel shows the Lord Jesus
Christ as the Son of Man, and the Gospel of John shows Jesus as the
Son of God. All four gospels speak about the Lord Jesus Christ and
His ministry, but they each have their own theme. With the four
gospels, we see a much richer gospel than just by looking at one.
What one of the disciples didnít see, another one did.
This teaches us another lesson. No man who has ever walked the face
of the earth, except the Lord Jesus Christ, has seen the full
dimension of His ministry. This is important to understand.
The world has so many churches and different denominations. What is
the result? The result is a wrong philosophy of: "They donít see
what I see, so therefore they are wrong." The Lord has not given us
identical understandings. Our brother may have preached a God-sent
sermon, but in a different dimension than I have seen. I may have
an unbalanced gospel. I might not preach the full counsel of God! I
might preach gospel that is heavy on the Law, and someone else
might preach one that is light on the Law. When the Lord Jesus
Christ preached His gospel, He had a perfect balance of the Spirit
of the Law in His gospel. This is clearly demonstrated throughout
the Sermon on the Mount.
We must be most careful about condemning a man who has been sent by
Christ to preach the gospel. We cannot condemn him because he
doesnít see what we see. We must be very careful of this. Only one
place must be common ground. That is that Lord Jesus Christ and the
authority of the Word of God must be the absolute authority.