Matthew 9:9-17by Alan Sherban
Jesus calls all his disciples to follow him, and his disciples will follow. But his call is not an undefined and open-ended call; Matthew 9:9-17 indicates that it is a call marked by 6 specific characteristics.
Matthew 9:1-8by Alan Sherban
The healing of the lame man as recorded in Matthew 9:1-8 evidences the fact that the saving power of Jesus is stronger than any sin that might tempt us to doubt his ability to save.
Matthew 8:23-9:8by Alan Sherban
Jesus is not only stronger than any natural force or circumstance, but he also demonstrates the fact that he has unassailable power over the supernatural realm.
Matthew 8:23-9:8by Alan Sherban
The second set of three miracles in Matthew 8-9 reveals to us that Jesus is more powerful than any potential threat to our souls.
Matthew 8:18-22by Alan Sherban
Knowing more facts about Jesus isn't the chief goal of Matthew's Gospel. He rather would have his readers realize that the truth about who Jesus is means that he must be followed on his terms.
Matthew 8:1-17by Alan Sherban
The most important instructions gleaned from reading the three healing accounts in Matthew 8 are the manifestation of his inherent power and his uncompromised identity.
Matthew 8:1-17by Alan Sherban
Out of the thousands of healings that Jesus performed, Matthew recorded just three particular instances in order to portray Jesus as the Christ, the Son of David, and the Son of Abraham. In this first part of consideration of these verses we consider the fact that these three miraculous events all give evidence to what true saving faith actually is.
Matthew 7:24-29by Alan Sherban
The conclusion to the Sermon on the Mount is a clear and helpful illustration that distills the entirety of the Gospel of the Kingdom down to its essential truth. We must know the preacher for who he is. We must comprehend the sermon for what it says. We must understand the choice which lay before us.
Matthew 7:21-23by Alan Sherban
Jesus is the judge of all mankind, yet there are those who will appeal his verdict on the last day. His reply will be a final and sobering cry of justice that he never knew them.
Matthew 7:15-20by Alan Sherban
The second warning of the Sermon on the Mount has to do with a danger which poses a great threat to the souls of mankind. We all must beware of false teachers, for they disguise themselves in order to deceive in order that other might join them in the fire and destruction that awaits them.
Matthew 7:13-14by Alan Sherban
Only one way leads to life, Jesus says. It's the way that is restricted, exclusive and hard. And after one finds this gate to God, it also must be willingly entered.
Matthew 7:12by Alan Sherban
Continuing in his teaching on good judgment, Jesus uses a well-known principle for righteous living to help us understand the practicality, the principality, and the power of Holy Scripture.
Matthew 7:9-11by Alan Sherban
We ought to be compelled to pray to our Father in heaven because he is essentially good. That God is good means that he never disappoints, and his goodness is in a category all to its own. Because those things are true, we ought to petition him with confidence.
Matthew 7:7-8by Alan Sherban
If we look at all the Christ calls his kingdom people to be and to do, we are left with the realization of our inherent inability. But the Lord also calls us to have right discernment about the character of God that we might ask him for the help we need. We must judge our heavenly Father to be a giving Father.
Matthew 7:6by Alan Sherban
Jesus continues in his explanation of how we are to have good judgment; this time by helping us understand how to have discernment in our evangelism.
Matthew 7:1-5by Alan Sherban
Having oriented our thinking around the fact that our main pursuit ought to be the God-centeredness of the Kingdom and the all-sovereign justice of God, Jesus turns our attention to right thinking about how we judge others.
Matthew 5:19-34by Alan Sherban
10 Principles for Clear Spiritual Vision
Matthew 6:19-34by Alan Sherban
If we are to have proper spiritual vision, then we must understand the true nature of what heaven itself is, and what kind of treasure it is that we are to lay up for ourselves there.
This great sermon of the Lord builds in its logic and application throughout the first several sections, and up to this point where Jesus teaches his listeners how they can have proper spiritual vision.
Matthew 6:16-18by Alan Sherban
The third example of hypocritical righteousness comes to us via a call to not be hypocritical in our fasting. But. What exactly is this kind of fasting that Kingdom citizens are to practice?
Matthew 6:5-6by Alan Sherban
Since God sees in secret, and since God evaluates based upon what he sees in secret, whatever it is that we are before him in the secrecy of our hearts is what matters. Prayer from that secret and hidden corner of our hearts is what we must find to be delightfully satisfying and joy-giving.
Matthew 6:2-4by Alan Sherban
True righteousness in giving (or in anything else for that matter) is that which occurs as the natural result of a heart which has been so inclined by God's power and grace. In that way, the left hand doesn't even know what the right hand is doing.
Matthew 6:1by Alan Sherban
Jesus issues a compelling warning to those who would consider themselves a part of his Kingdom: A lifestyle of unbroken hypocritical self-righteousness may leave a person deceived as to their true spiritual state.
Matthew 5:43-48by Alan Sherban
The last of six examples of kingdom righteousness comes with four empowering reasons as to why we should love even our enemies.
Matthew 5:38-42by Alan Sherban
Jesus explains how the principle of an "eye for an eye" prompts us to think about our rights as Kingdom citizens in a way that isn't natural to mankind. We are to be those who value what's best for the Kingdom higher than our personal rights.
Matthew 5:33-37by Alan Sherban
Jesus uses the example of making oaths to illustrate the fact that true kingdom righteousness recognizes God to be our supreme audience, in whose view we live our lives.
Matthew 5:31-32by Alan Sherban
This text is most often thought of as Jesus' instruction on divorce and remarriage, for good reason. But it is far more than this; in this example he illustrates the fact that Kingdom righteousness has to do not only with personal purity, but also with the purity of those whom our actions affect.
Matthew 5:27-30by Alan Sherban
Jesus indicates that those who are a part of his Kingdom will be characterized by fighting against the desires of the flesh. So how can we find success in engaging in this battle which the Christian's new heart longs to do?
Matthew 5:29-30by Alan Sherban
Not only is true righteousness concerned with defining pure desires the way God defines them, but it is also concerned with the positive quality of aggressively and radically fighting against all which would intend to pollute them.
Matthew 5:27-28by Alan Sherban
In his second example of the kind of righteousness which exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, Jesus hits right at the heart in dealing with the righteousness of pure desires. External measuring-up to the letter of the Law isn't what God is after - he wants heart-level desire for what is right.