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Bible Commentaries

James Nisbet's Church Pulpit Commentary
Matthew

Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4
Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8
Chapter 9 Chapter 10 Chapter 11 Chapter 12
Chapter 13 Chapter 14 Chapter 15 Chapter 16
Chapter 17 Chapter 18 Chapter 19 Chapter 20
Chapter 21 Chapter 22 Chapter 23 Chapter 24
Chapter 25 Chapter 26 Chapter 27 Chapter 28

Book Overview - Matthew

by James Nisbet

Matthew 1:18-25 Two Great Truths

Matthew 1:21 Penalty Paid, Power Crushed

Matthew 1:21 The Fulness of Salvation

Matthew 1:21 Christ and His People

Matthew 1:23 The Divine Presence

Matthew 1:23 A Name of Comfort

Matthew 1:23 Truth Stated and Applied

Matthew 1:24 The Angel and the Guardian

Matthew 2:1 The Goodness of Christ

Matthew 2:1 The Men and their Guide

Matthew 2:2 The King and His Crown

Matthew 2:2 Little Knowledge, Much Faith

Matthew 2:9 The Guiding Star

Matthew 2:10 Stars as Types

Matthew 2:10 God’s Dealings with Men

Matthew 2:11 Christ in Common Life

Matthew 2:11 The Threefold Gift

Matthew 2:15 Called out of Egypt

Matthew 2:16 Slain for Christ’s Sake

Matthew 2:16 Sin and Suffering

Matthew 2:18 The Cry of the Children

Matthew 3:2 Repentance

Matthew 3:2 The Coming of the Kingdom

Matthew 3:8 Sins to be Repented of

Matthew 3:11 Cleansing and Burning

Matthew 3:11 Christ First

Matthew 3:11 Manifested by Fire

Matthew 3:12 Fan, Fire and Floor

Matthew 3:12 Unquenchable Fire

Matthew 3:16-17 The Voice of the Spirit

Matthew 4:1 The Purpose of Lent

Matthew 4:1 The Conflict and the Victory

Matthew 4:1 ‘As Christ Overcame’

Matthew 4:1 Christ’s Example

Matthew 4:1 Being Tempted

Matthew 4:1 Christ’s Sympathy with the Tempted

Matthew 4:3 ‘The Son of God’

Matthew 4:2-4 The Attack on Divine Sonship

Matthew 4:5-7 Sin as a Voluntary Act

Matthew 4:5-7 ‘I will keep thee’

Matthew 4:8-10 The Path to Victory

Matthew 4:8-10 The Greatest Danger in Life

Matthew 4:11 A Lifelong Campaign

Matthew 4:12-13 The Ministry Begun

Matthew 4:17 Christ’s First Sermon

Matthew 4:18 The Call of Andrew

Matthew 4:18 Andrew’s Example

Matthew 4:19 On Following Christ

Matthew 4:19 The Christian Ministry

Matthew 4:21-22 Christ’s Call Obeyed

Matthew 4:23 What Christ joined together

Matthew 5:3 Poor in Spirit

Matthew 5:3 Characteristics of Poverty

Matthew 5:4 Comfort for the Mourners

Matthew 5:5 The Meek and their Reward

Matthew 5:6 Hungering and Thirsting

Matthew 5:7 Mercifulness in Principle and Practice

Matthew 5:8 Purity of Heart

Matthew 5:9 Peace and Peacemakers

Matthew 5:10 The Persecuted

Matthew 5:11-12 Protection on Earth: Reward in Heaven

Matthew 5:13 The Christian in Society

Matthew 5:14; Matthew 5:16 The Influence of Christian Life

Matthew 5:14 The City on the Hill

Matthew 5:20 The Failure of the Pharisees

Matthew 5:20 The Pharisees’ Righteousness

Matthew 5:21-22 The Sin of Anger

Matthew 5:21-22 The Old Law Revised

Matthew 5:33-36 Reverence for the Holy Name

Matthew 5:37 Christian Truthfulness

Matthew 5:44 The Christian and His Enemies

Matthew 5:44 Who are our Enemies?

Matthew 5:48 Moral Perfection

Matthew 6:1-4 Almsgiving

Matthew 6:6 Alone with God

Matthew 6:6 Private Prayer

Matthew 6:6 Prayer and its Answer

Matthew 6:9 The Divine Fatherhood

Matthew 6:9 The Father’s Love

Matthew 6:9 The Hallowed Name

Matthew 6:9 God’s Glory

Matthew 6:10 God’s Kingdom

Matthew 6:10 Extending the Kingdom

Matthew 6:10 The Christian’s Aspiration

Matthew 6:10 God’s Will in Worship and Work

Matthew 6:10 The Obedience of Angels

Matthew 6:11 Only Bread

Matthew 6:11 As well for the Body as the Soul

Matthew 6:11 The Christian and Temporal Gifts

Matthew 6:12 Forgiveness for the Forgiving

Matthew 6:12 God’s Forgiveness and Man’s Response

Matthew 6:13 Sources of Temptation

Matthew 6:13 The Conflict with Evil

Matthew 6:13 Fourfold Power

Matthew 6:13 The Grand Doxology

Matthew 6:16 The Lenten Fast

Matthew 6:16 The Discipline of the Body

Matthew 6:20 Treasures in Heaven

Matthew 6:21 Choosing the Best

Matthew 6:22 Singleness of Eye

Matthew 6:24 The Two Masters

Matthew 6:25 Lessons from Nature

Matthew 6:25 The Law of Proportion

Matthew 6:28 Lessons from Lilies

Matthew 6:28 A Children’s Flower Sermon

Matthew 6:28 The Story of the Lilies

Matthew 6:32 The Antidote to Anxiety

Matthew 6:32 Divine Care

Matthew 6:33 The Economic Precepts of Christ

Matthew 6:33 The Principles of the Kingdom

Matthew 6:33 The Promise and its Condition

Matthew 6:34 One Day at a Time

Matthew 6:34 The Universal Providence of God

Matthew 7:1-2 Against Rash Judgment

Matthew 7:6 That which is Holy

Matthew 7:7 Ask and Receive

Matthew 7:7 Seeking and Finding

Matthew 7:12 The Golden Rule

Matthew 7:13 Avoiding the Way of the Many

Matthew 7:15-21 Beware!

Matthew 7:18 The Tree and its Fruit

Matthew 7:21 Nominal Discipleship

Matthew 7:24-25 Building upon the Rock

Matthew 7:28 The People Astonished

Matthew 8:1 Law and Life

Matthew 8:2 The Significant Unit

Matthew 8:3 Sin and its Cleansing

Matthew 8:3 The Leper and the Saviour

Matthew 8:8-10 The Only True Faith

Matthew 8:8-10 The Greatness of Faith

Matthew 8:8-10 Faith and Righteousness

Matthew 8:11-12 Home Citizens Defeated

Matthew 8:11-12 The Heavenly Banquet

Matthew 8:11-12 The Obligation of Privileges

Matthew 8:13 Faith and its Power

Matthew 8:16 The Divine Consoler

Matthew 8:22 A Threefold Following

Matthew 8:23-27 Christ in the Ship

Matthew 8:24 Christ’s Power over Nature

Matthew 8:26 The Secret of Calm

Matthew 8:34 A Terrible Prayer

Matthew 9:2 Co-operation in Religion

Matthew 9:2 Healing for Body and Soul

Matthew 9:2 Good Cheer

Matthew 9:2-3 The Forgiveness of Sins

Matthew 9:2-3 The Divine Healer

Matthew 9:9 Steady Obedience

Matthew 9:9 Conversion and Confession

Matthew 9:9 Leaving All

Matthew 9:13 Mercy not Sacrifice

Matthew 9:15 Religious Observances

Matthew 9:18 The Ruler who pleaded for his daughter

Matthew 9:21 Worship and Superstition

Matthew 9:24 Not dead, but sleeping

Matthew 9:29 The Faith and the Gift

Matthew 9:35 The Great Physician

Matthew 9:36 Sheep without a Shepherd

Matthew 9:36 Service—Prayer—Method

Matthew 10:4 A chapter in Human Biography

Matthew 10:12 The Salutation of Peace

Matthew 10:23 A Counsel of Prudence

Matthew 10:30 Hairs numbered

Matthew 10:37 The Affections demanded

Matthew 10:37 A Tremendous Claim

Matthew 10:38 The Cross

Matthew 11:2-3 The Baptist’s Doubt

Matthew 11:2-3 The Question and the Answer

Matthew 11:2-3 The Witness of the Miracles

Matthew 11:4 Christianity and Human Sorrow

Matthew 11:6 Mistakes about Religion

Matthew 11:7 The Baptist’s Character

Matthew 11:11 What is True Greatness?

Matthew 11:11 Greater than the Baptist

Matthew 11:12 Heaven taken by Storm

Matthew 11:16-19 The Portrait of an Age

Matthew 11:19 In the World—not of it

Matthew 11:25-30 The Revelation of the Gospel

Matthew 11:26 The Lesson of Submission

Matthew 11:28 Christ and Labour

Matthew 11:28 Christ’s Invitation

Matthew 11:28 The Promised Rest

Matthew 11:29 Learning of Christ

Matthew 11:30 The Yoke of Christ

Matthew 12:8 Lord of the Sabbath

Matthew 12:13 ‘Christ which Strengtheneth’

Matthew 12:14-20 The Gentleness of Christ

Matthew 12:24 Opponents of Religion

Matthew 12:30 No Neutrality

Matthew 12:32 The Unpardonable Sin

Matthew 12:37 Judged by Words

Matthew 12:41 Jonah’s Mission

Matthew 12:43-45 The Devil Dethroned

Matthew 12:43-45 Negative Religion

Matthew 12:50 Christ’s Relations

Matthew 13:3 Sowers of Seed

Matthew 13:3 The Seed and the Soil

Matthew 13:3 Hindrances to Growth

Matthew 13:8-9 Preacher and People

Matthew 13:16 Blessed Eyes and Blessed Ears

Matthew 13:28 The Enemy in the Field

Matthew 13:30 Growing Together

Matthew 13:31-32 The Tree from the Seed

Matthew 13:31-32 Life in the Seed

Matthew 13:32 The Power of Leaven

Matthew 13:32 The Transforming Power of the Gospel

Matthew 13:39 What will the Harvest be?

Matthew 13:44-45 Treasure and Merchant-Man

Matthew 13:52 Things New and Old

Matthew 13:58 The Sin of Unbelief

Matthew 14:10 The Causes of Herod’s Sin

Matthew 14:21 The Feeding of the Five Thousand

Matthew 14:23 The Solitude of Christ

Matthew 14:30 Beginning to Sink

Matthew 15:13 Party Spirit

Matthew 15:14 Unconscious Blindness

Matthew 15:19 Evil Thoughts

Matthew 15:22-28 The Woman of Canaan

Matthew 15:22-28 The Importunity of Faith

Matthew 15:23 Divine Silences

Matthew 15:23 ‘He knows’

Matthew 15:28 ‘Great Faith’

Matthew 16:13-16 The Son of Man the Son of God

Matthew 16:13-16 A Threefold Revelation

Matthew 16:18 ‘Upon this Rock’

Matthew 16:18 The Church

Matthew 16:21-23 Presumption Rebuked

Matthew 16:24 On Cross-Bearing

Matthew 16:24 The Crosses of Life

Matthew 16:24 Bearing the Cross

Matthew 16:24 The Symbolism of the Cross

Matthew 16:24 The Denial of Self

Matthew 16:25 Life Saved and Lost

Matthew 17:1-2 The Mount of Transfiguration

Matthew 17:8 The Catholic Faith

Matthew 17:8 None but Christ

Matthew 17:8 All of Thee

Matthew 17:19 Faith and Service

Matthew 17:20 Limitations and Ranges of Faith

Matthew 17:20 The Reason of Failure

Matthew 17:27 The Christian Law of Love

Matthew 18:1 Who is the Greatest?

Matthew 18:3 A Misunderstood Term

Matthew 18:3 The Disciples Rebuked

Matthew 18:4 The Cultivation of Humility

Matthew 18:7 Offences and Responsibilities

Matthew 18:10 Sources of Contempt

Matthew 18:19-20 The Believer’s Prayer

Matthew 18:21-22 The Spirit of Forgiveness

Matthew 18:23 The King and His Servants

Matthew 18:32-33 The Essence of Christianity

Matthew 18:35 The Unmerciful Servant

Matthew 19:14 Of Such is the Kingdom

Matthew 19:16 The Call to Youth

Matthew 19:16 The Clear Command

Matthew 19:21 Hindrances to Perfection

Matthew 19:22 A Young Man’s Sorrow

Matthew 19:30 Positions Reversed

Matthew 20:1 The Heavenly Householder

Matthew 20:6-7 The Reform of the Idler

Matthew 20:6-7 A Parable within a Parable

Matthew 20:8 At Eventide

Matthew 20:16 Called and Chosen

Matthew 20:21-22 A Mother’s Prayer

Matthew 20:22 The Cup in Service

Matthew 20:28 A Pattern of Ministry

Matthew 20:32-33 Opened Eyes

Matthew 21:3 Sincerity in Religion

Matthew 21:3 The Lord’s Need

Matthew 21:5 The Coming King

Matthew 21:10 Who were Moved?

Matthew 21:10 A Great Question Answered

Matthew 21:10 More than a Prophet

Matthew 21:10 Our Appreciation of Christ

Matthew 21:25 The Baptism of Goodness

Matthew 21:28 The Master’s Call

Matthew 21:28-31 The Two Sons

Matthew 21:28-31 Personal Religion

Matthew 21:42 Christ the Headstone

Matthew 22:2-3 The Laws of the Kingdom

Matthew 22:4 God’s Readiness

Matthew 22:4-5 The Invitation Ignored

Matthew 22:4-5 Trifling with Religion

Matthew 22:12 The Wedding Garment

Matthew 22:14 Clad in the Garment

Matthew 22:14 Selection and Election

Matthew 22:21 God’s Claim

Matthew 22:37 The Character of Love

Matthew 22:37 God and my Neighbour

Matthew 22:37 The Central Commandment

Matthew 22:42 The Question of Questions

Matthew 22:42 Thoughts on Christ

Matthew 22:42 Prophet, Priest, and King

Matthew 22:42 The Importance of the Question

Matthew 23:12 Characteristics of a Christian

Matthew 23:23 Sins of Omission

Matthew 23:29 Pharisaic Sins

Matthew 23:34 The Christian in the World

Matthew 23:35 Contrast and Type

Matthew 23:37 The Call Rejected

Matthew 24:4 The End of the Age

Matthew 24:13 Hindrances to Endurance

Matthew 24:14 The Gospel of the Kingdom

Matthew 24:34-35 Abiding Words

Matthew 24:34-35 The Words of Christ

Matthew 24:34-35 The Words of Christ for the World’s Need

Matthew 24:34-35 Things which Endure

Matthew 24:34-35 Characteristics of Christ’s Words

Matthew 25:1 To Meet the Bridegroom

Matthew 25:8 Lamps Burning Low

Matthew 25:10 The Penalty of Neglect

Matthew 25:10 The Closed Door

Matthew 25:21 Found Faithful

Matthew 25:24-25 The Disused Talent

Matthew 25:29 The Philosophy of Life

Matthew 25:30 No Neutrality

Matthew 25:34 The Call to Glory

Matthew 25:40 Christ in His Poor

Matthew 25:46 Eternal Punishment

Matthew 26:6-7 The Discipleship of Love

Matthew 26:8 The Best is not too good

Matthew 26:21-22 Is it I?

Matthew 26:31 Over-Confidence

Matthew 26:38 Fellowship with Christ

Matthew 26:38 The Agony in the Garden

Matthew 26:41 Watch and Pray

Matthew 26:41 To Stand when Flesh is Weak

Matthew 26:63 The High Priest’s Question

Matthew 26:64 The Advents of Christ

Matthew 27:1 The Passion

Matthew 27:22 Pilate’s Question

Matthew 27:22 The Right Answer

Matthew 27:34 Christ Refusing Help

Matthew 27:38 On the Cross

Matthew 27:42 Apparent Failure

Matthew 27:46 Christ forsaken

Matthew 27:46 The Cry of Agony

Matthew 27:46 The Mysterious Cry

Matthew 27:59-60 ‘He Descended into Hell’

Matthew 18:5 Easter Fear and Easter Joy

Matthew 28:6 As He Said

Matthew 28:6 The Empty Tomb

Matthew 28:6 The Place Where the Lord Lay

Matthew 28:18-19 The Last Command

Matthew 28:18-19 The Evidential Value of Missions

Matthew 28:18-19 Authority, Commission, and Support

Matthew 28:20 The Presence of the Risen Lord

Matthew 28:20 Christ’s Promise

Matthew 28:20 A Fixed Axiom of Life

Matthew 28:20 Alive for Evermore

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