Through the Scriptures

The Christian Home (Ephesians 5)

An interesting truth emerges as we study the New Testament regarding men who were brought to Christ.  The home became their first sphere of testimony: 

- The demoniac man, recently healed was told by the Lord “To go home.” (Mark 5:19) 
- When Peter left his fishing he took the Lord home. (Mark 1:29)
- The Philippian jailer, after his conversion, turned over his home to the Lord. (Acts 16)

An open home for the Lord and His people is the stamp of reality of our faith in Christ. (Lydia – Acts 16). The greatest honor that a family can have is to have the Lord dwelling in their home.


Our Conduct in the Home

Ephesians 5:2“Walk in love, as Christ has loved us.”

First: Love. This is the first requirement of an ideal Christian home. That same love that thrilled you and prompted you to ask your partner to marry you, should be constantly displayed in the home. Our love for each other should be similar to the love Christ has for us.  It is into such a home that Jesus will come, making it a veritable heaven upon earth.


Things to Avoid

Matthew 7

Generally speaking the Sermon on the Mount covers three distinct areas of the believers life.
    (1) In chapter 5 we have the believers relation to the world.
    (2) In chapter 6 we have the believers relation towards God.
    (3) In chapter 7 we have the believers relation towards his fellow believers.

Campbell Morgan calls chapter 7 “a summary of principles of action.”

This chapter opens by forbidding hypocritical judgment of others. There seems to be a connection between the opening salvos and the Lord’s provocative teaching about earthly riches. The poor may have been critical and censorious of the rich. Conversely, the rich may have been wrongly judging the poor.

Verse 1, “Judge not, that ye be not judged”

There are some areas of the Christian life where it is improper to judge another.
    (1) We should not judge another’s motives. Only God can read them.
    (2) We should not judge outward appearances, John 7:24.
    (3) We should not judge those with conscientious scruples, Rom 4:3-13.
    (4) We should not judge the service of another Christian, 1 Cor 4:1-5.
We must avoid the sin of continually finding fault - being harsh - critical - censorious.  When we are tempted to judge any of these things, we should remember Rom 14:10.  But why dost thou judge thy brother? For we as well as he will stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ.

While the foregoing may be true there are areas in which Christians are commanded to judge.
    (1) When disputes arise between believers, they should be judged and settled in the church and not in the civil court, 1 Cor 6:1-8.

Matthew 21

The triumphal entry into Jerusalem.


The final hours of Jesus’ life on earth drew near. The cross was less than a week away, Jesus knew this. Matthew 20:17-19. In sharp contrast to the shame of the cross is the triumphant entry into Jerusalem, described by all four gospels. The Lord’s heart must have been stirred.


Jesus entered into Jerusalem in a manner which showed that He was the Messiah, the Son of David.


The four accounts of this triumphal entry differ in some respects. John, who wrote his Gospel sixty years after the event, gives some interesting details, including the fact that the night before the triumphal entry, Jesus had an intimate supper in the home of Lazarus, Martha and Mary. John 12:1-11.


The prelude to His triumphal entry into Jerusalem is interesting. He sent two of His disciples into the village to bring to Him an ass and its colt. The owner possibly knew Jesus. “Loose them - bring them unto Me.”


Matthew 20

The parable of the householder and the laborers. Verses 1-16.


Describe briefly what actually happened.


This parable is really an amplification of the Lord’s answer to Peter’s question in Chapter 19:27, “What shall we have, therefore?”


In the context of Chapter 19 the Lord told Peter that the disciples would sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. Verse 28.


In Verse 29 “all” who have sacrificed houses, lands, friends, and family for Christ’s sake will be rewarded   one hundredfold.


Then in Verse 30 the Lord adds a rider “The first shall be last, and the last shall be first.”

This parable in Chapter 20 is the explanation of this profound statement.


There are several lessons here for our admonition.

Matthew 19

The early part of this chapter is of tremendous importance and certainly relevant to present-day society.


The Lord was beginning His last journey to Jerusalem. Crowds were following Him for healing and teaching.


Verse 3 The Pharisees were there also, trying, as usual to trap the Lord. The question of divorce was a sensitive one in those days. The Jews themselves were split. One school was very liberal. The other school was very strict.


The question which they asked was loaded, no matter how the Lord answered, He would offend one party or the other.


The question, Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for every cause?


Verse 4 In His answer the Lord took them back to creation and reminded them that God created one wife for Adam. The principle here is that a man should only have one living wife.


Verse 5 This verse reminds us that the marriage relationship supercedes all other relationships, including the parental relationship. God also states that in marriage the two participants become one.

Matthew 18


Verses 1-4

Despite the teachings of Jesus regarding the spiritual aspect of the kingdom, the disciples had not understood. Hence they asked the question, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”


To answer their question Jesus called a little child to Him.


When they had gathered round Him, Jesus revealed two great principles,

(1) For men to be converted and enter this spiritual kingdom they must become childlike in their faith.

(2) Those that would be great in this kingdom must live humbly as a little child.


The Lord is the great example. John 13 and Philippians 2. Note that these standards and values are the exact opposite of those practiced in the natural world. “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3.


In verses 5-6 there seems to be a switch from the natural to the spiritual. Blessed thought, that those who receive and care for a newborn babe in Christ actually receive Christ Himself.


Matthew 17

During the time the Lord and His three favored disciples were on the Mount of glory, the rest of the group were having their problems in the valley.  They had miserably failed in a healing mission.  The distraught father was waiting for the Savior.  Kneeling before Him, he asked the Savior to have mercy on his son.  He suffered terribly from some form of epilepsy, which caused him to fall into the fire and into water.  The father had taken his son to the disciples fr...

Introduction to Matthew's Gospel

The four Gospels are neither histories of the life of Christ nor biographies.  They are rather portraits of the person and work of the world's Savior.  As portraits they present four different poses of one unique personality. Matthew presents Him as King - Mark as Servant - Luke as Man - John as God. Ezekiel's vision.  In this four dimensional view the Gospels focus on Christ's threefold ministry of Prophet, Priest and King. As Prophet He did not speak for God...

Matthew 1

Matthew 1

Matthew is the Kingly Gospel. He writes principally to the Jews to show that the Jesus of Nazareth of the New Testament is the Messiah predicted in the Old Testament.

A king must be able to trace his royal ancestry. Matthew begins the New Testament by presenting the genealogy or family tree of Jesus the Christ.  Read Verse 1.

He traces the legal descent of Jesus as King of Israel. Then uniquely Matthew follows the royal line from David, through his son Solomon. In doing this he establishes beyond doubt the claims of Christ to be King.  Interestingly, there is a statement in Genesis 5:1 which is similar to the pronouncement of verse 1: "This is the book of the generations of Adam."

The two statements are descriptive of the two great themes of Scripture. The O.T. is devoted to the record of Adam and his descendants. The N.T. gives the history of Christ, the Son of God, and His redeemed family.

To sum up, Matthew is presenting Jesus Christ as the Son of David - The Son of Abraham - the rightful King of the Jews.  He also presents Him as Jesus - Jehovah Savior.

At this point we should notice verse 16. Casually reading this verse we might assume the word "whom" refer back to Joseph and Mary, and that Jesus was born of Joseph and Mary. How carefully the Spirit has guarded against such a conclusion. The word "whom" is in the singular feminine gender. Praise God, Jesus was born of Mary, but not of Joseph.

The second portion of the chapter contains the story of the miraculous conception and birth of the King.

Verse 18: "Now the birth of Christ was in this way." Note how different the birth of Jesus was to the others mentioned. His birth was without the involvement of a human father.

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