Overview of the Gospel According to Matthew

Overview of the Gospel According to Matthew

Author: Matthew, the Apostle

Original Audience: Matthew wrote especially to the Jews.

Date of Writing: Approximately A.D. 60–65

Background: Matthew was a Jewish tax collector who became one of Jesus’ disciples. This Gospel forms the connecting link between the Old and New Testaments because of its emphasis on the fulfillment of prophecy.

Major Theme: Christ, the Incarnate God, Immanuel, has inaugurated the kingdom of God and the new covenant, which is realized in the Church.

 

Key Concepts

  • Jesus is the promised Messiah, whose death brings salvation from sin.
  • Jesus’ birth, life and death on the cross fulfilled the promises of the Old Testament.
  • Jesus’ resurrection vindicated his claims and brought in a new era of salvation for all who believe in him.”

 

Essential Verses (NIV)

  • Matthew 5:17: Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.
  • Matthew 7:21: Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
  • Matthew 11:28: Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
  • Matthew 22:37: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.
  • Matthew 28:19–20: Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching “them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

Key Teachings:

  • Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament Scriptures.
  • Jesus is the promised King (Messiah).
  • Jesus inaugurated the kingdom of God while on Earth.
  • Jesus’ followers must spread the kingdom to all nations.
  • Jesus’ followers will suffer, but Jesus is always with them.
  • Jesus will complete the kingdom of God at his return.

 

Reading Guide:

Matthew can be read in 14 days by taking two chapters per day.

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