Lessons from the New Testament: Matthew 5-7

In "the Sermon on the Mount", we learn, from Jesus, that the way to happiness is the way of holiness. Holiness is to be seen. Happiness is to be shared. Holiness must take shape in our lives - the shape of Jesus Christ, living in us. The truly happy life is the Christ-centred life. It's …

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Lessons from the New Testament: Matthew 3-4

We read of John, the baptist, and Jesus, the baptized. The baptism of Jesus is a high point - we read of the Spirit's descent and the Father's declaration. It is followed  by a low point - the wilderness of temptation. In 3:17, we read of the Father's interest in Jesus. In 4:1, we read …

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Lessons from the New Testament: Mark 1-3

Jesus came, preaching the Kingdom, but he did not only preach. He demonstrated the Kingdom.His words were spoken with power - the power of God. We see this in the mighty miracles, which declare the coming of the Kingdom among us. This Kingdom was set against the kingdom of darkness. The coming of God's Kingdom …

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Lessons from the New Testament: Matthew 25

Jesus, in His parables, emphasizes that the Gospel calls for a response. If the response is lacking, "there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth." This will take place at Christ's return. Then, the sheep and the goats will be separated. It will become clear that men and women, in their response to Christ, have …

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Lessons from the New Testament: Matthew 23-24

The way of hypocrisy must be avoided (chapter 23). It is a way which comes under the stern judgment of the Lord Jesus Christ. The seeds of judgment are sown by the hypocrite in this earthly life. The fruit of judgment on hypocrisy will be seen in its fullness when Christ returns - "there will …

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Lessons from the New Testament: Matthew 21-22

Jesus' parables of the Kingdom were a significant part of His ministry. It is still true today that there are those who, when they hear God's Word, see what it's all about, while there are others who miss the point altogether. We should not be discouraged because some do not believe, but we should give …

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Lessons from the New Testament: Matthew 15-17

The Lord Jesus Christ stood in stark contrast to the religious leaders of His day. They were false hypocrites. He was, in reality, the Christ, the Son of the living God (16:16). In chapter 17, Jesus is preparing His disciples for the events that lay ahead of Him - His death and resurrection. We must …

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Lessons from the New Testament: Matthew 12-14

Much of Jesus' ministry was carried out under the watchful eye of the Pharisees.These men were out to get Jesus. For all their religion, they had no time for Jesus. Jesus' teaching in parables was hidden from proud religious unbelief and was revealed to simple, childlike faith. As Jesus did mighty works, faith arose in …

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Lessons from the New Testament: Matthew 8-9

The great works, done by Jesus, provoked the question - "What sort of man is this?" His mighty works led to the declaration: "Nothing like this has ever been done in Israel" (chapter 9). To come face-to-face with Jesus Christ is to encounter His uniqueness - no ordinary man but the eternal Son of God …

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Lessons from the New Testament: Matthew 18-20

Jesus teaches us how we are to relate to God. He, also, teaches us how we are to relate to one another. Our relationship with God shapes our relationship with others. We, who love God, are to show our love for God in our love for others (chapter 18). Our relationship with God, also, shapes …

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