In Matthew [NIVAC] Michael. J. Wilkins illuminates lessons from three distinct groups of people surrounding Jesus within the broader theological aims of the first Gospel, namely, to inform his readers what the Kingdom of God is, and to identify Christ as the one who brings that Kingdom.
First are his disciples, those to whom Jesus expresses his most important teachings with the expectation that someday they will pass them on. Next are his enemies, a "lost cause" for they consistently reject his teachings and twist them so that they can eventually destroy him. The large, uncommitted group in the middle, however, will eventually have to make a decision, for when all is said and done, no one can remain neutral to Jesus. Throughout this commentary Wilkins challenges readers to examine their own discipleship, and in doing so echoes Matthew's voice by calling readers to unequivocally identify themselves with Jesus' disciples.
The importance of the Gospel of Matthew in church history cannot be overstated. For Jewish readers, it affirmed the Messiahship of Jesus, referring consistently to the Scriptures to establish his credentials. For Gentile disciples, it provided powerful and dramatic support of their inclusion in Gods kingdom. The cross of Christ had removed the division between Jew and non-Jew, and through Matthews writings, we see Israels God drawing the entire world to himself through Jesus. The Gospel according to Matthew . . . Was the most widely read and frequently used of any of the four Gospels in the formative years of the church, writes Michael Wilkins. In this volume of the NIV Application Commentary, Wilkins explains Matthews broad appeal not only to his ancient readers, but also to us today. Exploring the links between the Bible and our own times, Wilkins shares perspectives on Matthews Gospel that reveal its enduring relevance for our twenty-first-century lives. Most Bible commentaries take us on a one-way trip from our world to the world of the Bible. But they leave us there, assuming that we can somehow make the return journey on our own. They focus on the original meaning of the passage but dont discuss its contemporary application. The information they offer is valuablebut the job is only half done! The NIV Application Commentary Series helps bring both halves of the interpretive task together. This unique, award-winning series shows readers how to bring an ancient message into our present-day context. It explains not only what the Bible meant but also how it speaks powerfully today. This series promises to become an indispensable tool for every pastor and teacher who seeks to make the Bible's timeless message speak to this generation. Billy Graham It takes more than interpretation of God's Word to change lives, it takes application. Application is the bottom line in preaching and teaching. Without it, we've missed the point of the Bible. The NIV Application Commentary is an outstanding resource for pastors and anyone else who is serious about developing doers of the Word. Rick Warren, Pastor Saddleback Valley Community Church
Michael J. Wilkins (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is dean of the faculty and professor of New Testament language and literature at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, and the author of several books.
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James Montgomery Boice
Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, PA
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College Church, Wheaton, IL
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Howard J. Hendricks,
Dallas Theological Seminary
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George K. Brushaber,
President, Bethel College & Seminary
It takes more than interpretation of God's word to change lives, it takes application. Application is the bottom line in teaching and preaching. Without it, we've missed the point of the Bible. The NIV Application Commentary is an outstanding resource for pastors and anyone else who is serious about developing "doers of the word".
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Willow Creek Community Church
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