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Chapter 1 - In the Gospel by Matthew Now, Lord, we pray that as we are gathered together in body, Thou wouldest gather us together in Spirit. If our minds are not gathered together, draw them now to Thyself. Lord Jesus, Thou art the center of our lives, help us to forget everything but Thyself, help us to forget the place and the people and just be preoccupied with Thee. Help us to forget the messenger and the interpretation and help us, Lord, to listen with our inward ears to Thy voice.
We are wholly dependent upon Thy Holy Spirit. Wilt Thou have regard unto our need. We ask in the Name of the Lord Jesus. I hold in my hand a little book, and all that is in between the covers of that little book has to do with one thing, or three aspects of one thing: the mission, the meaning and the message of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
You know that it is the New Testament, and the whole of the New Testament is summed up in those words - the mission, the meaning and the message of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and it is that with which we are going to be occupied, as the Lord helps.
I want to underline this: that the New Testament is all summed up in those three things. As you know, it has many parts.
There are twenty-seven books, but all the twenty-seven books make one whole. In some way each Dvořák*, Anja Thauer, Tschech Philharmonic Orchestra*, Zdenek Macal* - Cello-Concert of them tells us the mission of Jesus Christ, the meaning of Jesus Christ, and the message of Jesus Christ.
There are twenty-one personal letters, and it is a wonderful thing that God chose to give us all this in personal letters. It is indeed wonderful what a personal letter can do when God inspires it! One-third of the whole New Testament is in personal letters.
There are five historical books, the four Gospels and the book of the Acts; and then there is the one book, the Apocalypse, which contains history, prophecy and doctrine. The majority of the letters have personal names attached to them. The one exception is the letter to the Hebrews. There were evidently more writings by the apostles which have been lost, but two things of greatest importance remain to us.
Firstly, God has seen to it that everything has been preserved which is necessary to the life of a Christian. For the Christian life we do not need any more than what is in the New Testament, and I think you will agree that we have quite enough.
When I was a young man I thought that I understood the Bible. Someone has said that the Psalmist must have been a young man when he said: "I have more understanding Hélas !
Quel Bruit ! - Various - 200 Years Of Music At Versailles: A Journey To The Heart Of French all my teachers" Psalm Well, after sixty years of studying the New Testament, it is more than I can cope with today. God has seen to it that we have all that we need for life and conduct.
The second thing is this: the whole of the New Testament is a many-sided revelation of one Person. Every one of the twenty-seven books is a distinct aspect of one Person, and each one of those twenty-seven parts has a particular purpose, but very many Christians are quite unable to say what that particular aspect is.
The great need is for us to read one of these books, and I advise that you read it right through at one sitting. Remember that the chapter arrangements are quite a mechanical thing not arranged until the fifteenth century.
That is man's hand upon the book just for convenience, but the really valuable thing is to read the whole book through at once. Now having read that book, you stand back from it and you ask yourself some questions: 'What does that book say to me?
Now that I have read it, what does it amount to? What is its part of the whole? What is the result for me of having read that book? Our present purpose is firstly to show what we mean by what we have just said, and secondly to consider some of these parts of the whole. I want you to remember this as we go on - that we are trying to understand the very essence of Christianity. Having said that, we will start on our 1234 Hah Ha - Colby Sparks - Paper Forest part, which is the Gospel by Matthew.
I want you just to look at two fragments, one at the beginning and one at the end. We shall refer to these more fully later on. And when they saw him they worshipped: but some doubted. And Jesus came to them and spake unto them, saying, All authority hath been given unto me in heaven and on earth. Go ye therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you: and lo, I am with you alway even unto the end of the age" To reach a conclusion as to the message of Matthew we must first consider the man himself.
Who and what was Matthew? Well, we know that his former name was Levi, and he got a double name - Matthew Levi. We know that he was a tax-gatherer, Finding Dead Bodies On Accident - Quest For Fire - Quest For Fire he lived in Capernaum.
Please believe that this is not a lot of unnecessary detail; the two things that I have just said have a tremendous history bound up with them.
Matthew was a tax-gatherer and he lived in Capernaum. He was a man who was invested with Roman authority; he was employed by the 'army of occupation': he had sold himself to the enemy in the land. He had accepted Roman authority and he was a man under authority. If he said: 'I want so much as tax', all the Roman Empire stood behind him. That gave him a great deal of liberty, for he could put his own price on things, and he could be very exacting.
Do you remember when John the Baptist was baptizing in the Jordan and all the publicans came to him? I wonder if Levi was one of them! If he was, he My Homes In Alabama - Alabama - My Homes In Alabama never Can You Hear Us Calling (Dub Edit) - Alex M.
& Brooklyn Bounce - Can You Hear Us Calling baptized. What did John the Baptist say to these publicans? You are following me closely, are you not? Is your mind moving ahead of what I am saying? Levi was evidently a man who loved power, for he had imbibed the spirit of imperial Rome. What about the time in which Levi lived?
Put a ring round that word 'authority', for that is the key to Matthew. There is one other thing to say about Matthew. The only thing that remains as the fruit of his life is his Gospel. That is something very wonderful! We don't know anything else about the subsequent history of this man. Was he 1234 Hah Ha - Colby Sparks - Paper Forest apostle? Yes - and yet the only thing that remains is a book, but what a book it is!
He is 1234 Hah Ha - Colby Sparks - Paper Forest only man in the New Testament who calls himself a publican. He alone says: "Matthew the publican" Matthew Twenty centuries afterward we are studying that Gospel, and it has been studied all through those twenty centuries - the fruit of a 1234 Hah Ha - Colby Sparks - Paper Forest publican.
There are possibilities for us all! Now it says that Jesus came to Capernaum, and as He passed by He saw Levi sitting at the receipt of custom. He said: 'Levi, you wicked man! You traitor to your country! You enemy of your own country! What are you doing there, Levi? He looked at Levi, He saw his account books and all his money and He saw all the people looking at Levi with anger. He knew the worst about him and He said: "Follow me! And Levi arose and followed Him. I think it is possible that Levi had overheard Jesus' teaching in Capernaum, and perhaps he had seen some of the miracles, so that when Jesus said: "Follow me!
He heard something that 1234 Hah Ha - Colby Sparks - Paper Forest to his sense of authority. Jesus did not say: 'Levi, would you like to be one of My followers?
Young Christians, Jesus does not invite you to be Christians. He does not just say: 'Would you like to be one of My disciples? This is not a messenger of the King inviting; this is the King commanding. You refuse this call at your eternal peril. When Jesus says: 'Follow Me!
This is where we strike the message. Now note one or two other things about Matthew. Matthew already knew what was in the Bible. He knew the Scriptures, but the Scriptures had no authority in his life until Jesus came in.
If you read through this Gospel by Matthew you will find that he repeats one phrase nine times, and that phrase is: "that it might be fulfilled as it is written. I am seeing Jesus everywhere 1234 Hah Ha - Colby Sparks - Paper Forest That is very instructive. You see, we are 1234 Hah Ha - Colby Sparks - Paper Forest saved because we know something about the Bible, nor because we have been brought up in a religious family.
The very reality of Christianity is in an absolute committal to the authority of Jesus Christ. Now, just 1234 Hah Ha - Colby Sparks - Paper Forest that for a minute, and note Matthew's two focal points. In his genealogy he says: "Jesus
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