Introduction to The Gospel according to Matthew

The Bible alone is the Word of God and has stood the test of the ages. It is able to make us wise for salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. The New Testament is key to understanding Jesus and his gospel. The Bible is profitable for teaching. It corrects us when we wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses the Bible to prepare and equips Christians for every good work (2 Timothy 3:15-17). The Bible alone is our final authority in all matters of faith and practice. For the prophecy never came from the prophet’s own understanding but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:20-21). Every opinion we hold and every conviction that motivates us should be based on the Bible. The New Testament Survey has been prepared specially for young and growing Christians. Our goal is to help them become familiar with the message of the New Testament. The reading of each chapter before reading the survey on the New Testament will help you to understand the meaning of the passage better. It is important to understand how each passage relates to Jesus Christ and our daily life. There are many books to aid us in our study of the scripture. However, nothing can take the place of regular reading of the Bible.  We trust that the Lord will draw you closer to Christ through the study of the New Testament survey. May the reading of this Survey be a vital help in knowing Christ and living for him. The Gospel according to Matthew: The four Gospels in the New Testament present a fourfold view of the life of Christ. The Gospels were written so that their readers would come to believe in Christ and receive eternal life. The four Gospels present four portraits of Jesus. Matthew was a Jewish tax collector. He wrote his gospel for the Jewish readers. Mark was a travel companion of Paul and Peter. He wrote his Gospel for the Roman mind. Luke was a physician. He traveled with Paul. He wrote his gospel for the Greek mind. John’s Gospel is different by nature from the other three. It is an interpretation of the facts of Jesus’ life and ministry rather than a biographical presentation in historical sequence. The first three Gospels are known as synoptic Gospel because in most part they look alike. Matthew presents Jesus as their long-awaited Messiah, the Son of God, and the Savior of the world. His Jewish name was Levi and he was a tax collector for Rome. When Jesus invited him to follow, he left everything and followed Christ (Matthew 9:9). Matthew was an apostle and an eye witness of Jesus Christ. He gives Christ’s legal genealogy to connect him with his royal heritage and shows Joseph as his legal father. In this gospel, Christ’s baptism, messages and miracles point to the conclusion that Jesus is the King of Jews, the Messiah. Many scholars consider the gospel of Mark as the source document to all the synoptic gospels, Matthew and Luke. Many consider that Matthew wrote his gospel in Greek language before the destruction of Jerusalem. Most likely the Matthew wrote his gospel in A.D 60 from Palestine (Matthew 24-25). This gospel bridges the Old Testament with the New Testament.
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