Introduction: The Gospel of Matthew, written by a man who was a pilfering publican (tax collector) prior to his conversion to Christ, is the first book of the New Testament, as well as the first of the New Testament's four Gospels. It contains Matthew's narrative of the life of Christ as the promised Jewish Messiah.
Matthew 2:21-23 — Isaiah predicted that the promised Messiah—Anointed One—would spring up from the stump of Jessie like a sprig, a prophecy Matthew said was fulfilled when Jesus came forth as a Nazarene; that is, a branch—Nazareth means branch—from a cut down Israel. (Isaiah 11:1)
Matthew 4:12-17 — Overcome and overrun by Gentiles in Isaiah’s day, Galilee, a land of darkness and distress, became, as Isaiah predicted, a land of great light and deliverance when illuminated and liberated by the initiating of the promised Messiah’s miraculous ministry within it. (Isaiah 9:1-2)
Matthew 5:3 — Blessed (happy) are those who are convicted over, as well as contrite enough to confess, the spiritual poverty of their sinful depravity, for the kingdom of Heaven belongs to the humble, not to the haughty.
Matthew 5:4 — Blessed (happy) are those who mourn with godly sorrow their spiritual death in trespasses and sins, for their grieved souls shall be saved and comforted by God. (Matthew 5:4)
Matthew 5:5 — Blessed (happy) are the belittled of the earth who bow in submission to God, for they are God’s ultimate beneficiaries of the earth.
Matthew 5:6 — Blessed (happy) are those with an insatiable hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be ultimately and utterly satisfied.
Matthew 5:7 — Blessed (happy) are those who are merciful to others, for God will be merciful to them.
Matthew 5:8 — Blessed (happy) are the pure-hearted, for through the eyes of their pure heart they shall see God.
Matthew 5:9 — Blessed (happy) are the peacemakers, for unlike the pugnacious, they are affirmed and acknowledged to be the children of God.
Matthew 5:10 — Blessed (happy) are those persecuted in this world for the sake of righteousness, for it proves their possession of a secure reservation in Heaven.
Matthew 5:13 — Christians are the salt of the earth, the preservers of society who are commissioned by Christ to stand up against society’s putrid evils. However, if we lose our saltines—fail to stand up—we are useless to society and will be tossed aside and trampled by it.
Matthew 5:14-16 — Christians are the light of the world, the conscience of society illuminating right from wrong for others to see. However, if we fail to boldly speak out our light is doused out and our society left out in the dark without a Biblical beacon to guide it.
Matthew 5:17 — Jesus Christ, as the Living Word of God, came into this world to fulfill everything God has ever spoken.
Matthew 5:43-48 — The distinguishing characteristics of a child of God is to love those who hate you, bless those who curse you, be good to those who are bad to you, and pray for those who persecute you. It is only paragons of such uncommon virtue who prove their heavenly parentage.
Matthew 6:7-8 — We should pray to invoke God, never to impress or instruct Him.
Matthew 6:12 — Although often recited in prayer, few, I fear, really want this prayer answered. Do you? Do you really want God to forgive you as you are forgiving others?
Matthew 6:25 — True trust in the Lord is testified to by taking no thought for your life.
Matthew 6:25-30 — God, who feeds the fowls and adorns the flowers, can be counted on to forever care for His children.
Matthew 6:27 — Worry is this life’s greatest exercise in futility, since it is completely incapable of changing anything.
Matthew 7:1-2 — God will measure you up in His judgment of you just as severely as you have measured up others in your judgment of them.
Matthew 7:7-11 — God’s good and gracious gifts come to those who pray for them. Their treasures are found by those who tenaciously seek them, and the doors to them are opened to those who diligently knock upon them.
Matthew 7:15 — The narcissist is the epitome of a wolf in sheep's clothing. (3 John 1:9-10)
Matthew 7:15-20 — If the contemporary church had more fruit inspectors it would have far fewer false instructors.
Matthew 7:21-23 — All who profess Christ, but live in disobedience to Christ, are phony disciples of Christ who are destined in the end to be disowned by Christ.
Matthew 7:22-23 — Self initiated prayers of self-interest prayed without Christ’s authorization are never prayers prayed “in Jesus name,” regardless of our feigned attempts to pass them off as such by wrapping them up with these well-worn words.
Matthew 8:27 — Human impotence is capsulized in the expression, “You might as well speak to the wind.” Divine omnipotence is found in the fact that Jesus does!
Matthew 8:27 — The wind is hushed and the sea is calmed at the command of Christ.
Matthew 10:22-25 — Christ warned His disciples to expect this fallen world's furious animosity, ferocious abuse, and false accusations. That the contemporary church entreats the world's approval rather than expects its animosity proves the dearth of true disciples within it.
Matthew 11:1-6 — To be content with one’s Christ-given station in life, even if it is a dungeon, and not to be offended at the apparent better station of others, whom Christ has delivered from all their distresses, is to successfully scale a soaring and most blissful spiritual summit.
Matthew 12:22-32 — A hard heart attributing divine deliverance to the devil’s doing, i.e., calling God's Good News hate-speech, has not only blasphemed the Holy Spirit—God’s final call to fallen humanity—but also committed an unpardonable sin, having denounced as hate its only hope.
Matthew 13:44-46 — The appreciation of spiritual truths, no matter how much they are treasured, is never to be mistaken for their acquisition. Their possession positively necessitates the personal payment of their nonnegotiable high price.
Matthew 15:14 — Rather than ditching their spiritually blind leaders the spiritually blind follow them until both fall into the ditch of this spiritually blind world.
Matthew 16:18 — Christ builds His church, we don’t grow it. Though opposed by fallen men and angels, Christ’s overcoming church is offensive—attacking the gates of Hell—not defensive—being attacked by them.
Matthew 17:20 — The strength of faith is not found in its amount, but in its object. A little faith in Christ can move mountains, but misplaced faith, regardless of its quantity, can’t move a thing.
Matthew 18:20 — The big question is not have we come to church to meet with God, but will God come to our church to meet with us! He will if we’ve gathered to glorify His name rather than make a name for ourselves or our church.
Matthew 22:35-40 — To be what we should, to do what we should, and to live as we should, only requires us to love God and others as we should!
Matthew 23:37 — Those who resist God’s prophets and reject God’s Son relinquish divine protection and are risking imminent punishment.
Matthew 24:6 — Jesus clearly taught that war is an inevitability in this fallen world. It is, unfortunately, inescapable and unavoidable.
Matthew 24:7-8 — According to Jesus, pandemic pestilences will prove to be one of the birth pangs to the birth of unprecedented end-time perils.
Matthew 26:39 — Whereas it may be said that we’re the beneficiaries of Christ’s one unanswered prayer, we may rest assured that we’ve also benefitted from all our unanswered prayers. (James 4:3)
Matthew 27:22-25 — Are you willing to join in the chorus of today’s politically correct crowd in calling for Christ’s crucifixion, despite the danger of the stain of His blood being forever on you and your children?
Matthew 28:18-20 — Christ did not commission His church to make decisions, but disciples. To profess the Christian faith is one thing, to practice it is quite another. The Great Commission is not fulfilled until the commands of Christ are being adhered to, not just avowed.
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