Matthew

The Gospel According to Matthew tells how Jesus the Messiah sends his disciples to preach his Gospel to the whole world.

CHAPTERS: 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28

RESOURCES: Summary, Outline, Memorize, Commands, Spirituality


SUMMARY

AUTHOR. The evidence within the Gospel of Matthew points to Matthew as its most likely author.

And many church fathers cited Matthew as its author, including Clement of Rome, Polycarp, Justin Martyr, Clement of Alexandria, Tertullian, and Origen.

RECIPIENTS. Jewish people, both those who were Christian believers as well as those who were not.

DATE. Scholars suggest a variety of dates, ranging from 37 AD to 70 AD. A date of around 50 AD seems most likely.

PURPOSE. First, to show non-Christian Jewish people that Jesus is the Messiah. Matthew had found the Messiah, and he wanted others to come into that same relationship. And second, to encourage Christian Jewish believers.

 


OUTLINE

INTRODUCTION

Matthew 1:1-17. The ancestors of Jesus Christ

Matthew 1:18-25. Mary becomes pregnant by the power of the Holy Spirit

Matthew 2:1-12. Wise men from the East visit the newborn Messiah

Matthew 2:13-15. The family flees to Egypt

Matthew 2:16-18. King Herod massacres infants

Matthew 2:19-23.The family settles in Nazareth

PROCLAIMING THE KINGDOM OF GOD

Matthew 3:1-10. John the Baptist prepares the way

Matthew 3:11-12. Jesus Christ will baptize us with fire

Matthew 3:13-17.John baptizes Jesus Christ

Matthew 4:1-3. Satan tempts Jesus in the wilderness

Matthew 4:4-11. Jesus lives on the Word of God

Matthew 4:12-17. Jesus begins his public ministry

Matthew 4:18-25. Jesus calls his first disciples

Matthew 5:1-2. The Sermon on the Mount

Matthew 5:3-12. The Beatitudes

Matthew 5:13-16. Be Salt and Light

Matthew 5:17-20. Obey and teach the Law

Matthew 5:21-26. Anger equals murder

Matthew 5:27-30. Lust equals adultery

Matthew 5:31-32. Grounds for divorce

Matthew 5:33-37. Do not take an oath

Matthew 5:38-42. Do not retaliate

Matthew 5:43-48. Love your enemies

Matthew 6:1-4. How to give to the needy

Matthew 6:5-15. How to pray

Matthew 6:16-18. How to fast

Matthew 6:19-23. Live for heavenly treasures

Matthew 6:24-34. Seek God not money

Matthew 7:1-6. Do not judge others

Matthew 7:7-11.Pray effectively

Matthew 7:12. Live by the Golden Rule

Matthew 7:13-14. Enter through the Narrow Gate

Matthew 7:15-20. Beware of false prophets

Matthew 7:21-23. Be a true disciple

Matthew 7:24-29. Build on the Rock Foundation

MINISTRY IN GALILEE

Matthew 8:1-4. Jesus heals a man with leprosy

Matthew 8:5-13. A Roman officer has great faith

Matthew 8:14-17. Jesus heals many

Matthew 8:18-22. Jesus points out the cost of following him

Matthew 8:23-27. Jesus calms the storm

Matthew 8:28-34. Jesus delivers two men from demons

Matthew 9:1-8. Jesus heals a paralyzed man

Matthew 9:9-13. Jesus calls Matthew

Matthew 9:14-18. A discussion about fasting

Matthew 9:19-26. Jesus heals in response to faith

Matthew 9:27-31. Jesus heals two blind men

Matthew 9:32-34. Jesus heals a man who was mute

Matthew 9:35-38. The urgent need for evangelizers

Matthew 10:1-4. Jesus sends the Twelve on a short-term mission

Matthew 10:5-15. Instructions for the mission

Matthew 10:16-23. They will face persecution

Matthew 10:24-33. Don’t be intimidated

Matthew 10:34-39. Not peace but a sword

Matthew 10:40-42. Great rewards are in store

OPPOSITION

Matthew 11:1-6. John the Baptist sends messengers

Matthew 11:7-19. Jesus praises John the Baptist

Matthew 11:20-24. Jesus denounces cities that did not repent

Matthew 11:25-27. Jesus thanks God the Father

Matthew 11:28-30. Jesus offers us rest

Matthew 12:1-8. Working on the Sabbath

Matthew 12:9-14. Jesus heals on the Sabbath

Matthew 12:15-21. Jesus is God’s chosen servant

Matthew 12:22-29. Is Jesus working with Beelzebub?

Matthew 12:30-32. Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit

Matthew 12:33-37. Know a tree by its fruit

Matthew 12:38-42. The sign of Jonah

Matthew 12:43-45. The return of an unclean spirit

Matthew 12:46-50. The true family of Jesus

Matthew 13:1-9. The parable of the sower

Matthew 13:10-15. The purpose of the parables

Matthew 13:16-23. Jesus explains the parable of the sower

Matthew 13:24-30. The parable of the weeds and the wheat

Matthew 13:31-32. The parable of the mustard seed

Matthew 13:33. The parable of the yeast

Matthew 13:34-35. Jesus kept speaking in parables

Matthew 13:36-43. Jesus explains the parable of the weeds

Matthew 13:44. The parable of the treasure

Matthew 13:45-46. The parable of the pearl

Matthew 13:47-50. The parable of the net

Matthew 13:51-52. Treasures old and new

THE KINGDOM OF GOD

Matthew 13:53-58. Jesus is rejected in his hometown

Matthew 14:1-2. Herod’s opinion of Jesus

Matthew 14:3-13. The death of John the Baptist

Matthew 14:14-21. Jesus feeds more than five thousand people

Matthew 14:22-33. Jesus walks on water

Matthew 14:34-36. Jesus heals the sick in Gennesaret

Matthew 15:1-9. Jesus disregards religious traditions

Matthew 15:10-20. Things that actually defile us

Matthew 15:21-28. The Canaanite woman’s faith

Matthew 15:29-31. Jesus cures many

Matthew 15:32-39. Jesus feeds more than 4,000 people

Matthew 16:1-4. They demand a miraculous sign

Matthew 16:5-12. The yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees

Matthew 16:13-20. Who do you say Jesus Christ is?

Matthew 16:21-23. Jesus predicts his own death and resurrection

Matthew 16:24-28. The cost of discipleship

Matthew 17:1-13. Jesus is transfigured

Matthew 17:14-21. Jesus heals a demon-possessed lad

Matthew 17:22-23. Jesus predicts his own execution

Matthew 17:24-27. Jesus pays the temple tax

Matthew 18:1-6. Who is the greatest?

Matthew 18:7-11. Get rid of temptations to sin

Matthew 18:12-14. The parable of the lost sheep

Matthew 18:15-20. Correcting someone who sins

Matthew 18:21-22. Forgiving one another

Matthew 18:23-35. The parable of the unforgiving servant

MINISTRY IN JUDEA & JERUSALEM

Matthew 19:1-9. Jesus answers a question about divorce

Matthew 19:10-12. Jesus strongly recommends singleness

Matthew 19:13-15. Jesus blesses little children

Matthew 19:16-30. A rich young man asks how to get eternal life

Matthew 20:1-16. A parable of laborers in a vineyard

Matthew 20:17-19. Jesus again predicts his own death and resurrection

Matthew 20:20-24. The mother of James and John

Matthew 20:25-28. Not to be served, but to serve others

Matthew 20:29-34. Jesus heals two blind men

Matthew 21:1-11. Jesus triumphantly arrives in Jerusalem

Matthew 21:12-16. Jesus clears the temple

Matthew 21:17-22. Jesus curses a fig tree

Matthew 21:23-27. The authority of Jesus is challenged

Matthew 21:28-32. The parable of the two sons

Matthew 21:33-46. The parable of the wicked tenants

Matthew 22:1-14. The parable of the wedding feast

Matthew 22:15-22. Should we pay taxes?

Matthew 22:23-33. A question about the resurrection

Matthew 22:34-40. Which is the greatest commandment?

Matthew 22:41-46. Whose son is the Messiah?

Matthew 23:1-8. Reject ALL religious titles

Matthew 23:9-12. Call no one “Father”

Matthew 23:13-36. Jesus denounces the religious leaders

Matthew 23:37-39. Jesus weeps over Jerusalem

Matthew 24:1-2. Jesus foretells the destruction of the temple

Matthew 24:3-8. Signs of the End of the Age

Matthew 24:9-14. Persecution is on the way

Matthew 24:15-28. The abomination of desolation

Matthew 24:29-31. The return of the Son of Man

Matthew 24:32-36. The lesson of the fig tree

Matthew 24:37-44. Be vigilant

Matthew 24:45-51. The wise and faithful servant

Matthew 25:1-13. The parable of the ten bridesmaids

Matthew 25:14-30. The parable of the talents

Matthew 25:31-46. The final judgment

THE DEATH OF JESUS

Matthew 26:1-5. The religious leaders conspire to kill Jesus

Matthew 26:6-13. A woman anoints Jesus in Bethany

Matthew 26:14-16. The Betrayer goes to the religious leaders

Matthew 26:17-25. Jesus celebrates the Passover

Matthew 26:26-30. The Lord’s Supper

Matthew 26:31-35. Jesus predicts Peter’s denial

Matthew 26:36-46. Jesus prays at Gethsemane

Matthew 26:47-56. Jesus is betrayed and arrested

Matthew 26:57-68. Jesus stands before the religious leaders

Matthew 26:69-75. Peter denies Jesus

Matthew 27:1-2. They bring Jesus before Pilate

Matthew 27:3-10. Judas takes his own life

Matthew 27:11-14. Pilate questions Jesus

Matthew 27:15-20. They want Barabbas, not Jesus

Matthew 27:21-26. Pilate permits the death sentence

Matthew 27:27-31. The soldiers torture Jesus

Matthew 27:32-44. They crucify Jesus

Matthew 27:45-56. Jesus dies

Matthew 27:57-61. They bury his body

Matthew 27:62-66. They guard the tomb

THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS

Matthew 28:1-10. Jesus has risen from the grave and is alive!

Matthew 28:11-15. The religious leaders conspire against the truth

Matthew 28:16-20. Jesus commands us to go make disciples of all nations

 


MEMORIZE

Matthew 1:18. Now the birth of Jesus Christ was like this: After his mother, Mary, was engaged to Joseph, before they came together, she was found pregnant by the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 1:19. Joseph, her husband, being a righteous man, and not willing to make her a public example, intended to put her away secretly.

Matthew 1:20. But when he thought about these things, behold,‡ an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, don’t be afraid to take to yourself Mary, your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 4:4. Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (NIV 1984)

Matthew 4:17. From that time, Jesus began to preach, and to say, “Repent! For the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”

Matthew 4:19. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” (NIV 1984)

Matthew 5:1. Seeing the multitudes, he went up onto the mountain. When he had sat down, his disciples came to him.

Matthew 5:2. He opened his mouth and taught them, saying,

Matthew 5:3. “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.

Matthew 5:4. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Matthew 5:5. Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.

Matthew 5:6. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.

Matthew 5:7. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.

Matthew 5:8. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

Matthew 5:9. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.

Matthew 5:10. Blessed are those who have been persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.

Matthew 5:11. “Blessed are you when people reproach you, persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

Matthew 5:12. Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Matthew 5:16. Even so, let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

Matthew 5:36. Neither shall you swear by your head, for you can’t make one hair white or black.

Matthew 5:37. But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes’ and your ‘No’ be ‘No.’ Whatever is more than these is of the evil one.

Matthew 5:44. But I tell you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who mistreat you and persecute you,

Matthew 5:48. Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

Matthew 6:6. But you, when you pray, enter into your inner room, and having shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.

Matthew 6:7. In praying, don’t use vain repetitions, as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their much speaking.

Matthew 6:19. Don’t lay up treasures for yourselves on the earth, where moth and rust consume, and where thieves break through and steal;

Matthew 6:20. but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consume, and where thieves don’t break through and steal;

Matthew 6:21. for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Matthew 6:24. No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other; or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You can’t serve both God and Mammon.

Matthew 6:33. But seek first God’s Kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things will be given to you as well.

Matthew 6:34. Therefore don’t be anxious for tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Each day’s own evil is sufficient.

Matthew 7:1. Judge not, that ye be not judged. (King James Version)

Matthew 7:7. Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it will shall be opened to you: (King James Version)

Matthew 7:8. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. (King James Version)

Matthew 7:12. Therefore whatever you desire for men to do to you, you shall also do to them; for this is the law and the prophets.

Matthew 7:21. Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

Matthew 7:22. Many will tell me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name, in your name cast out demons, and in your name do many mighty works?’

Matthew 7:23. Then I will tell them, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you who work iniquity.’

Matthew 7:24. Everyone therefore who hears these words of mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man, who built his house on a rock.

Matthew 9:36. But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion for them, because they were harassed and scattered, like sheep without a shepherd.

Matthew 9:37. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest indeed is plentiful, but the laborers are few.

Matthew 9:38. Pray therefore that the Lord of the harvest will send out laborers into his harvest.”

Matthew 11:28. Come to me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest.

Matthew 11:29. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you will find rest for your souls.

Matthew 11:30. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Matthew 12:50. For whoever does the will of my Father who is in heaven, he is my brother, and sister, and mother.

Matthew 16:18. I also tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my assembly, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.

Matthew 16:24. Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

Matthew 18:15. If your brother sins against you, go, show him his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained back your brother.

Matthew 18:20. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in the middle of them.

Matthew 19.29. Everyone who has left houses, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive one hundred times, and will inherit eternal life.

Matthew 20:28. even as the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

Matthew 21:22. All things, whatever you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.

Matthew 22:9. Go therefore to the intersections of the highways, and as many as you may find, invite to the marriage feast.

Matthew 22:29. But Jesus answered them, “You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures, nor the power of God.”

Matthew 23:8. But don’t you be called ‘Rabbi,’ for one is your teacher, the Christ, and all of you are brothers.

Matthew 23:9. Call no man on the earth your father, for one is your Father, he who is in heaven.

Matthew 24:35. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

Matthew 25:31. “But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory.

Matthew 25:32. Before him all the nations will be gathered, and he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.

Matthew 25:33. He will set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

Matthew 25:34. Then the King will tell those on his right hand, ‘Come, blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world;

Matthew 25:35. for I was hungry, and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me drink. I was a stranger, and you took me in.

Matthew 25:36. I was naked, and you clothed me. I was sick, and you visited me. I was in prison, and you came to me.’

Matthew 28:1. Now after the Sabbath, as it began to dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb.

Matthew 28:2. Behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from the sky, and came and rolled away the stone from the door, and sat on it.

Matthew 28:3. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow.

Matthew 28:4. For fear of him, the guards shook, and became like dead men.

Matthew 28:5. The angel answered the women, “Don’t be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus, who has been crucified.

Matthew 28:6. He is not here, for he has risen, just like he said. Come, see the place where the Lord was lying.

Matthew 28:7. Go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has risen from the dead, and behold, he goes before you into Galilee; there you will see him.’ Behold, I have told you.”

Matthew 28:8. They departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring his disciples word.

Matthew 28:9. As they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, “Rejoice!” They came and took hold of his feet, and worshiped him.

Matthew 28:10. Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Go tell my brothers * that they should go into Galilee, and there they will see me.”

Matthew 28:11. Now while they were going, behold, some of the guards came into the city, and told the chief priests all the things that had happened.

Matthew 28:12. When they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave a large amount of silver to the soldiers,

Matthew 28:13. saying, “Say that his disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.

Matthew 28:14. If this comes to the governor’s ears, we will persuade him and make you free of worry.”

Matthew 28:15. So they took the money and did as they were told. This saying was spread abroad among the Jews, and continues until today.

Matthew 28:16. But the eleven disciples went into Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had sent them.

Matthew 28:17. When they saw him, they bowed down to him, but some doubted.

Matthew 28:18. Jesus came to them and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth.

Matthew 28:19. Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

Matthew 28:20. teaching them to observe all things that I commanded you. Behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

Great verses to memorize from the entire Bible

 


COMMANDS

Matthew 4:4. But he answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’ ”

Matthew 4:17. From that time, Jesus began to preach, and to say, “Repent! For the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”

Matthew 4:19. He said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers for men.”

Matthew 5:16. Even so, let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

Matthew 5:17. “Don’t think that I came to destroy the law or the prophets. I didn’t come to destroy, but to fulfill.

Matthew 5:19. Whoever, therefore, shall break one of these least commandments, and teach others to do so, shall be called least in the Kingdom of Heaven; but whoever shall do and teach them shall be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.

Matthew 5:24. leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.

Matthew 5:25. Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are with him on the way; lest perhaps the prosecutor deliver you to the judge, and the judge deliver you to the officer, and you be cast into prison.

Matthew 5:29. If your right eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out and throw it away from you. For it is more profitable for you that one of your members should perish, than for your whole body to be cast into Gehenna.

Matthew 5:30. If your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off, and throw it away from you. For it is more profitable for you that one of your members should perish, than for your whole body to be cast into Gehenna.

Matthew 5:32. but I tell you that whoever puts away his wife, except for the cause of sexual immorality, makes her an adulteress; and whoever marries her when she is put away commits adultery.

Matthew 5:34. but I tell you, don’t swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is the throne of God;

Matthew 5:37. But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes’ and your ‘No’ be ‘No.’ Whatever is more than these is of the evil one.

Matthew 5:39. But I tell you, don’t resist him who is evil; but whoever strikes you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also.

Matthew 5:40. If anyone sues you to take away your coat, let him have your cloak also.

Matthew 5:44. But I tell you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who mistreat you and persecute you,

Matthew 5:48. Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

Matthew 6:1. Be careful that you don’t do your charitable giving before men, to be seen by them, or else you have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.

Matthew 6:6. But you, when you pray, enter into your inner room, and having shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.

Matthew 6:8. Therefore don’t be like them, for your Father knows what things you need, before you ask him.

Matthew 6:9. Pray like this: ‘Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy.

Matthew 6:14. “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

Matthew 6:17. But you, when you fast, anoint your head, and wash your face;

Matthew 6:20. but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consume, and where thieves don’t break through and steal;

Matthew 6:25. Therefore I tell you, don’t be anxious for your life: what you will eat, or what you will drink; nor yet for your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food, and the body more than clothing?

Matthew 6:33. But seek first God’s Kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things will be given to you as well.

Matthew 7:1. Judge not, that ye be not judged. (King James Version)

Matthew 7:6. Don’t give that which is holy to the dogs, neither throw your pearls before the pigs, lest perhaps they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

Matthew 7:7. Ask, and it will be given you. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and it will be opened for you.

Matthew 7:12. Therefore whatever you desire for men to do to you, you shall also do to them; for this is the law and the prophets.

Matthew 7:13. Enter in by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter in by it.

Matthew 7:15. Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves.

Matthew 9:13. But you go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ for I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

Matthew 9:38. Pray therefore that the Lord of the harvest will send out laborers into his harvest.

Matthew 10:17. But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to councils, and in their synagogues they will scourge you.

Matthew 10:26. Therefore don’t be afraid of them, for there is nothing covered that will not be revealed; and hidden that will not be known.

Matthew 11:28. Come to me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest.

Matthew 11:29. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you will find rest for your souls.

Matthew 12:31. Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men.

Matthew 12:50. For whoever does the will of my Father who is in heaven, he is my brother, and sister, and mother.”

Matthew 13:9. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

Matthew 16:6. Jesus said to them, “Take heed and beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”

Matthew 16:12. Then they understood that he didn’t tell them to beware of the yeast of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

Matthew 16:15. He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”

Matthew 16:24. Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

Matthew 18:15. If your brother sins against you, go, show him his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained back your brother.

Matthew 19:9. I tell you that whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and he who marries her when she is divorced commits adultery.”

Matthew 19:12. For there are eunuchs who were born that way from their mother’s womb, and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men; and there are eunuchs who made themselves eunuchs for the Kingdom of Heaven’s sake. He who is able to receive it, let him receive it.”

Matthew 20:26. It shall not be so among you, but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant.

Matthew 20:27. Whoever desires to be first among you shall be your bondservant,

Matthew 21:22. All things, whatever you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.

Matthew 22:9. Go therefore to the intersections of the highways, and as many as you may find, invite to the marriage feast.

Matthew 22:21. They said to him, “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them, “Give therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

Matthew 22:37. Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’

Matthew 22:39. A second likewise is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

Matthew 23:8. But don’t you be called ‘Rabbi,’ for one is your teacher, the Christ, and all of you are brothers.

Matthew 23:9. Call no man on the earth your father, for one is your Father, he who is in heaven.

Matthew 23:10. Neither be called masters, for one is your master, the Christ.

Matthew 24:4. Jesus answered them, “Be careful that no one leads you astray.

Matthew 24:14. This Good News of the Kingdom will be preached in the whole world for a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.

Matthew 24:23. “Then if any man tells you, ‘Behold, here is the Christ,’ or, ‘There,’ don’t believe it.

Matthew 24:26. If therefore they tell you, ‘Behold, he is in the wilderness,’ don’t go out; or ‘Behold, he is in the inner rooms,’ don’t believe it.

Matthew 24:32. “Now from the fig tree learn this parable. When its branch has now become tender, and produces its leaves, you know that the summer is near.

Matthew 24:42. Watch therefore, for you don’t know in what hour your Lord comes.

Matthew 24:44. Therefore also be ready, for in an hour that you don’t expect, the Son of Man will come.

Matthew 25:13. Watch therefore, for you don’t know the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.

Matthew 25:35. for I was hungry, and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me drink. I was a stranger, and you took me in.

Matthew 25:36. I was naked, and you clothed me. I was sick, and you visited me. I was in prison, and you came to me.’

Matthew 28:19. “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

Matthew 28:20. teaching them to observe all things that I commanded you. Behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

Commands of Jesus Christ

 


SPIRITUALITY

The spirituality of the Gospel of Matthew is the spirituality of Holy Writ, the Sacred Page. You might call it biblical mysticism.

Before Jesus Christ called him, Matthew had been a tax collector in Capernaum. He was Jewish. More than any of the other Gospel writers, Matthew notices how Jesus Christ fulfills the ancient prophecies about the Messiah.

Matthew notes subtle little details, things most people would neither notice nor understand until it was explained to them. Matthew doesn’t notice the action as much as the thinking behind it.

The things that Matthew observes and writes will make his Gospel especially appealing to certain people: thinkers. Intellectuals, analytical people and seekers of knowledge will find that Matthew has put the welcome mat out for them.

If the four Gospel writers were likened to the parts of a body, we see Matthew as the brain.

If you find richness in sacred texts, if you’re an intellectual or analytical or a seeker, then you’ll likely be inspired by all sorts of spiritual texts. With some careful guidance, you might find real inspiration in theology or Systematics or Church history or doctrine.

The biblical text becomes a conduit for a living relationship with God. This is the spirituality of reading.

Reading the biblical text on a regular basis might expand to listening to it in audiobooks or memorizing important verses or finding ways to put the text to song and music. It wouldn’t be too surprising if small-group Bible study and discussion become the meat-and-potatoes of your whole spiritual life. These are the spiritualities of thinking.

Here’s a Bible verse that captures this spirituality of Matthew:

Romans 12:2a: Be ye transformed by the renewal of your mind. (KJV)

John MacArthur represents this spirituality of Holy Writ, as does Chuck Smith and Robert Barron, Thomas Bokenkotter and Paul Tillich.

If the spirituality of Matthew is for you, you’ll want to read the Bible. Other texts might include any Systematic theology text, a Church history text, a Catechism from your church movement. You need the deep thinkers, not the popular stuff.

If the people of intellectual spirituality have a weakness, it’s that they have an intellectual spirituality. What do thinkers do? They sit around and think. And talk. Most aren’t very motivated to put into practice the great things they come up with.

Another weakness is that some people are prone to legalism. They’ve drunk deeply from source texts, books that hardly anybody else even knows about. These people have found THE answer, and everybody had better see it their way!

THE FOUR GOSPEL SPIRITUALITIES: MatthewMark, Luke, John

 


MATTHEW

CHAPTERS: 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28

RESOURCES: Summary, Outline, Memorize, Commands, Spirituality

Unless otherwise noted, all Bible quotations on this page are from the World English Bible and the World Messianic Edition. These translations have no copyright restrictions. They are in the Public Domain.


 

Author: Todd Van Natta

I was given a great gift. It is to be passionate about Jesus Christ and the Bible and the spiritual life. I am a Christian believer. I believe in Jesus Christ. I’m in love with Jesus! I believe the Bible. I love the Bible. For decades, I've been reading it cover-to-cover, again and again and again. I’ve memorized a whole lot of Bible verses. Most of all, I want the Bible to help us fall more deeply in love with God the Father, with Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, with other people, and with ourselves. And I've been reading the great writings from the entire Christian heritage for decades. At Explore the Faith, I share what I have discovered.