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45 Days To Read The Gospel Challenge – The Gospel of Matthew Chapter Three: Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

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Overview of the Gospel of Matthew

Matthew’s name means “Gift of the Lord”, a tax collector who left everything to follow Jesus Christ as an apostle (disciple).  His former name was Levi, the tax collector.  Matthew wrote the Gospel of Matthew. He wrote it for people who converted from Judaism. This Gospel demonstrates that Jesus Christ is the King and Messiah of Israel.  His works support that Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of all of the old testament prophecies of the coming of the Messiah.

 “This book describes Jesus’s genealogy, his miraculous birth and childhood, his baptism and temptation, his ministry of healing and preaching, and finally his crucifixion and resurrection. The resurrected Jesus commissions his Apostles to “go and make disciples of all nations.”  Source: Retrieved from the internet on 11/16/2021 from The New World Encyclopedia.  https://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Gospel_of_Matthew

 

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Read the Word in the parking lot while waiting on others.

Read the Word in the morning with coffee and at night for easy rest at bedtime.

Read the Word when you walk for exercise.

Send the Word to your social media platforms.

Text the Word to people to encourage them in the Lord:  children, friends, spouses, acquaintances, or neighbors.

 

45 Days To Read The Gospel Challenge – The Gospel of Matthew Chapter Three:  Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
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OVERVIEW OF  THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW CHAPTER THREE

 John the Baptist preached and baptized people unto repentance in the wilderness of Judaea, Jordan, and Jerusalem.  John preached, Matthew 3:2 KJV ” Repent ye: for the kingdom is at hand”.  The prophet Esaias prophetized about John. John was a man sent from God to witness to the people about Jesus Christ.  Esaias said “The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.  

John the Baptists disapproves of the Pharisees and Sadducees when they showed up to be baptized by him.  He called them vipers and snakes and told them to bring fruit for their repentance.  Note: The Pharisees preferred human tradition to nullify scripture and practice hypocrisy.  They denied the existence of angels and the supernatural. They were ritual and legalists.  The Sadducees were compromised, nationalists, and political opportunists. The Pharisees and the Sadducees did not square with each other but joined together to be against Christ.   

John the baptists declared the seed of Abraham, promised heirs to the Kingdom of God, are Abraham’s seed by faith and repentance, not biological descendants.

Matthew 3:10  “And now also the ax is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.” He spoke to them about the ax is already at the root of the tree. This parable means irreversible judgment. If a person does not bear good fruit – bring others to the faith they are not considered good servants of the Lord. 

Note: Jesus taught everyone (noblemen, tax collectors, and prostitutes among other sinners) who would hear and accept salvation. Then told them to tell others, Thus bearing fruit when others convert.  Your faith with repentance will generate fruit because the word of God does not come in word only but with power. 1 Corinthians 4:20 KJV  “For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.”

Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist.  John said he was not worth tying Jesus shoes.  John the Baptist baptized people with water unto repentance. Matthew 3:11  “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:”   

When Jesus asked to be baptized by him, John the Baptist stood in awe.  Jesus told him all righteousness must be fulled.  Jesus set an example of everything he taught.  The baptism symbolizes being washed of all sins and unholy attachments by the Holy Spirit as well as the symbolism of the death and risen life of Jesus Christ. 

 

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TIME: 45 MINUTES TO COMPLETE LESSON: 30 MINUTES TO READ THE ENTIRE POST AND TAKE THE INTERACTIVE QUIZ, ADDITIONAL 15 MINUTES TO READ THE BIBLE CHAPTER.

 

Objectives for  Chapter Three -The Gospel of Matthew.  What you will learn:

 1.  You will learn what John the Baptist preached in the wilderness. 

 2. You will learn why John the Baptists disapproves of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

 3. You will learn why Jesus was baptized by John and what baptism means. 

 

Outline for Chapter Three of the Gospel of  Matthew

 1. The preaching of John the Baptist.

 2. He reproves the Pharisees and Sadducees.

 3. The baptism of Jesus.

 

 

Reflection and Discussion: Something to think about.
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Reflection question:  Do you remember when you were baptized and accepted salvation?  If not why? and if you are not saved, will you consider getting saved today? See the offer of salvation below. 

 

Resources For This Lesson

Click here for the King James Bible version in the text (pdf), mobile viewing on the web (KJV), YouTube audio, and video version 9 minutes

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See “Chapter Three Highlights” below for scriptures and help with the quiz. If needed, refresh the screen to retake the quiz.

 

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 1.  You will learn what John the Baptist preached in the wilderness.  Matthew 3: 1-6 KJV

1In those days came to John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, 2And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. 3For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. 4And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey. 5Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan, 6And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins. 

 

 2. You will learn why John the Baptists disapproves of the Pharisees and Sadducees.  Matthew 3: 7-10 KJV

7But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?   8Bring forth, therefore, fruits meet for repentance: 9And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. 10And now also the ax is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down and cast into the fire.

 

 3. You will learn why Jesus was baptized by John and what baptism means.   Matthew 3:11-17 KJV

 11I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: 12Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner, but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire. 13Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. 14But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? 15And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he suffered him. 16And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:  17And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

 

 

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#1. What did John the Baptist preach in the wilderness?

#2. Why did John the Baptists disapprove of the Pharisees and Sadducees?

#3. What is the reason Jesus gave for being baptized by John?

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Call to salvation:

John 3:16  “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Romans 10:9-10  9That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth, confession is made unto salvation. 

John 3:5-6  5Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is the Spirit.

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