JESUS’ SPIRITUAL ORIGIN (1:1-17) 1.1. The genealogical list found in these verses is NOT based on Mary’s bloodline (Jesus’ biological ancestry, Luk 3:23-38), but rather Joseph – His adopted human father (16). 1.2. The reason Matthew starts w/ Jesus’ adopted family tree (versus His biological) is b/c of what it tells us about His spiritual […]
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 […]
Matthew Introduction – Part 10: Understanding what it means for Jesus to be the Christ.
6.3. Understanding what it means for Jesus to be the Christ. The Old Testament is filled with promises of a coming Christ. And the New Testament – most especially her gospels, are devoted to revealing Jesus as their fulfillment. It is therefore impossible to correctly interpret the Bible’s content without first knowing exactly what this […]