How Much Authority Does Satan Actually Have?

In the prelude to Jesus’ public preaching ministry, He has been led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit to be tempted by the devil. Tonight we will observe the third and final wilderness temptation. As we work through the text and consider Matthew’s (and Jesus’) use of the Old Testament, we will ask this... Continue Reading →


How Does Satan Use the Bible?

Last week, we read about the first temptation that Jesus experienced in the wilderness and we saw that the Holy Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness for the particular reason of being tempted, which was fitting to fulfill all righteousness (we talked about what this meant two weeks ago). This week, we will read about... Continue Reading →

If God’s Love is Unconditional, why are there so many conditional statements in the Old Testament?

In chapter 3 of Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus revealed that before beginning His preaching ministry, it was fitting to fulfill all righteousness. This was done in His baptism by John and it would be done in the Temptations. Tonight, we arrive at the first temptation. We will spend the whole night on this one temptation and... Continue Reading →

Why Did Jesus Receive the Baptism of Repentance From John?

Last week, we started this section of Matthew’s Gospel that we are referring to as the prelude to Jesus’ preaching ministry. John the Baptist taught some very significant things concerning the kingdom of heaven, which was at hand. As he is teaching, Jesus comes to be baptized by him. Matthew 3:13-17 Then Jesus arrived... Continue Reading →

What is the Great and Terrible Day of the Lord?

In Matthew 3:1-4:11, we find Matthew’s prelude to Jesus’ public preaching ministry. In this prelude, the necessity of the true Gospel will be made evident and Matthew will take the opportunity to, once again, prove that Jesus is the fulfillment of national Israel. Matthew 3:1-12 Now in those days John the Baptist came, preaching... Continue Reading →

What is Your Excuse for Unbelief?

Today, we will finish our current study of the second chapter in Matthew’s Gospel and we will conclude the geographical prophecies presented by Matthew. So far, we have read about two explicit geographical prophecies being fulfilled. The Messiah would be born in Bethlehem and would be called out of Egypt. Before we read the Scriptures,... Continue Reading →

Jesus, Born King of All Nations

In the previous session, we saw that Jesus was born the savior of His people (Matthew 1:23). We compared the birth of Jesus to the prophecy in Isaiah. In this session, we will begin the second chapter in Matthew’s Gospel, in which the childhood of Christ is continued and in which Matthew describes the fulfillment... Continue Reading →

Do You Have Peace With God?

After recording the genealogy of Jesus of Nazareth, Matthew tells the story of Jesus’ birth and childhood by expositing the Old Testament text. This section in our current study of Matthew’s Gospel begins in Matthew 1:18 and ends in Matthew 2:23. This section of the text includes the geographical prophecies of the Old Testament and... Continue Reading →

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