There is a lack of Bible knowledge among people who claim to be Christians. This devotional exposition of the New Testament is written to help new believers to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. The faith in Christ comes by hearing the Word of God (Rom 10:17). Prayerfully reading each chapter in the Bible before reading the commentary would help to understand it better. A regular and systematic reading of the Scripture is necessary for salvation and spiritual growth. I pray that this study would be a help in your spiritual growth.
The Gospel according to Matthew:
The four Gospels in the New Testament present a fourfold view of the life of Christ. The Gospels were written so that their readers would come to believe in Jesus Christ and receive eternal life. The four Gospels present four portraits of Jesus. Matthew was a Jewish tax collector. He wrote his gospel for the Jewish readers. Mark was a travel companion of Paul and Peter. He wrote his Gospel for the Roman mind. Luke was a physician who has traveled with Paul. He wrote his gospel for the Greek mind. John’s Gospel is different by nature from the other three. It is an interpretation of the facts of Jesus’ life and ministry rather than a biographical presentation in historical sequence. The first three Gospels are known as synoptic Gospel because in most part they look alike. Matthew presents Jesus as their long-awaited Messiah, the Son of God, and the Savior of the world. His Jewish name was Levi and he was a tax collector for Rome. When Jesus invited him to follow, he left everything and followed Christ (Matt 9:9). Matthew was an apostle and an eye witness of Jesus Christ. He gives Christ’s legal genealogy to connect him with his royal heritage. He shows Joseph as Jesus' legal father. Matthew gives the account of Christ’s baptism, messages and miracles point to out that Jesus is the King of Jews and their Messiah. Many scholars consider the gospel of Mark as the source document to all the synoptic gospels, Matthew and Luke. Many consider that Matthew wrote his gospel in Greek language before the destruction of Jerusalem. Most likely the Matthew wrote his gospel in A.D 60 from Palestine (Matt 24-25). This gospel bridges the Old Testament with the New Testament. It is the gospel written by a Jew to Jews about a Jew, Jesus Christ.