Meet Your King – Part 1

Jesus was the perfect man. But what kind of man (or human) was He? What things did He care about? What things did He not care about? Where or with whom did He spend His time? How did He respond or react to others? How did HE come across to others? How did people view […]

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Matthew: One Third Review – Part 1

Given its rich supply of Old Testament allusions (the most of all the gospels) and the author’s ability to reveal redemptive truths both Old and New (Mat 13:52 = Matthew was a Levite scribe; Mar 2:14), Matthew should be the lens and launching for anyone wanting to understand their Bibles – or more specifically, it […]

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Matthew 5.0 – The Blessings God Promises to His People

CHAPTER (5) SYNOPSIS = Jesus’ Sermon On The Mount Address (Part 1). 1. Leading the Jewish crowds to a mountainside sb viewed as a clear sign that Jesus has become Israel’s new Moses since: 1.1. Like Moses, Jesus chooses elders to carry the ministry burden prior to going up the mountain (Luk 6:12-16 w/Exo 18:18-27) […]

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Matthew 4.1 -The Beginning of Jesus’ Public Ministry

CHAPTER (4) SYNOPSIS = Jesus’ Wilderness Temptation (1-11; this event is also recorded in Mark 1:12-13 and Luke 4:1-13); The Beginning of Jesus’ Public Ministry (12-25; portions of this event is found in Mark 1:16-20; Luke 5:2-11 and John 1:40-42). 1. Jesus being led into the wilderness to be tempted immediately following His baptism is […]

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Matthew 4.0 – Jesus’ Wilderness Temptation

CHAPTER (4) SYNOPSIS = Jesus’ Wilderness Temptation (1-11; this event is also recorded in Mark 1:12-13 and Luke 4:1-13); The Beginning of Jesus’ Public Ministry (12-25; portions of this event is found in Mark 1:16-20; Luke 5:2-11 and John 1:40-42). 1. Jesus being led into the wilderness to be tempted immediately following His baptism is […]

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Matthew 3.1 – John the Baptist and Jesus’ baptism

CHAPTER (THREE) SYNOPSIS = John the Baptist (1-12) and the Baptism of Jesus (13-17). Matthew’s account of these events is also recorded in (Luk 3:1-22; Mar 1:1-11 and Joh 1:19-34).  There are few events within the gospels that receive coverage by more than one of its authors, much less all of its authors! Such frequency […]

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Matthew 3.0 – John the Baptist and the Baptism of Jesus

CHAPTER (THREE) SYNOPSIS = John the Baptist (1-12) and the Baptism of Jesus (13-17). Matthew’s account of these events is also recorded in (Luk 3:1-22; Mar 1:1-11 and Joh 1:19-34).  There are few events within the gospels that receive coverage by more than one of its authors, much less all of its authors! Such frequency […]

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Matthew 1.4 – Jesus’ Birth (Matthew 1:18-25)

JESUS’ BIRTH (1:18-25) 1.1. Matthew’s progression from genealogy to how “the birth of Jesus Christ took place” (18) reflects the common practice of his time. Likewise, ancient biographers would also include important details about the person’s mother and father (e.g. Josephus, The Life of Flavius Josephus). This however is more than just Matthew being relevant […]

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Matthew 1.1 – Jesus’ Potential (Matthew 1:1-6)

In ancient times, when a family adopted a child, they believed that child to have equally adopted their family tree. Though there would clearly be a physical difference between the adopted child and the one blood-born based on their differing gene pools, their “spiritual genes” would be the same.  In other words, the adopted child […]

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Systematic Theology Part 16: Theology Proper – The Trinity Part 3

1.5.2 Introducing destructive heresy to the Church (examples of the two most popular): 1.5.2.1.  Modalism This heresy teaches that God is one person (the Father), who appears in different forms/modes (the Son and Holy Spirit). This heresy has existed since at least the third century when it was called Sabellianism after its teacher Sabellius. The […]

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Christ Is Lord Before Savior – Part 5

Matthew 7:24 Justification is to possess a reconciled, righteous, and forgiven state before God. Salvation is to be delivered from God’s eternal wrath (because I have maintained my justification to the end).

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