Matthew (Part 01) – Genealogy

The study of some books, like Revelation, involves the review of a lot of controversy due to the presuppositions of various eschatological options. As we approach the study of Matthew, however, we may think that there may not be controversy since we should be able to...

Matthew (Part 02) – The Virgin Birth

Matthew is writing to Jews. His purpose is to show that Christ not only is the Messiah promised in OT Scriptures but also that this Messiah is more than what they had traditionally expected. The Messiah would be God himself. Matthew begins his book with the genealogy...

Matthew (Part 03) – The Magi and Their Star

Although we say that Matthew includes one of the two birth narratives of the New Testament, Matthew has very little to say about the birth of Jesus. As far as storyline goes, chapter 1 focuses on the genealogy and Joseph’s handling of the Holy Spirit conception. At...

Matthew (Part 04) – Scriptures Fulfilled

In the first two chapters (the introduction of the book), five times Matthew refers to events as fulfillments of prophecy. But when viewing these events in Christ’s life as the realizations of prophetic predictions, we may think Matthew reaches a bit far to conclude...

Matthew (Part 05) – Baptism

Would it be permissible to baptize yourself? After all, isn’t baptism your own public profession? Why do you need someone else assisting? Although it may seem plausible, self-baptism does not follow the examples we have in Scripture. From the very first encounter with...

Matthew (Part 06) – Temptations

Chronologically, chapter 4 begins immediately after the baptism. From the incredible high point of God’s Spirit descending on Christ as a dove and the voice from heaven announcing Jesus as beloved Son, the Holy Spirit leads Jesus out into the wilderness of Judea, away...