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He writes: Most of us, perhaps, are familiar with the parallel which has often been noted between the four Gospels and the four “living creatures” in the opening vision of the prophet Ezekiel. John immediately (1:1-2) focuses the reader on the deity of Christ by presenting Jesus as the eternal Son of God who gives eternal and abundant life to all who would receive Him by believing in Him (John ; -18, 36; ).The four “living creatures,” or cherubim, are thus described in Ezekiel : “As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side; and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle.” The lion symbolizes supreme strength, kingship; the man, highest intelligence; the ox, lowly service; the eagle, heavenliness, mystery, Divinity. Though written to all mankind, John’s Gospel is especially written to the church.
This was continued by the Savior through the Holy Spirit working in the life of His apostles following Christ’s ascension into heaven.
If so, why did the religious leaders fail to receive Him and why didn’t He establish the promised kingdom? Thus, Matthew is addressed primarily to a Jewish audience to show them that this Jesus is the long-awaited Messiah.
This is seen in Jesus’ genealogy (1:1-17); the visit of the Magi (2:1-12); His entry into Jerusalem (21:5); the judgment of the nations (-46); the often mentioning of the “kingdom of heaven” as is common with the other Gospels, and in the Old Testament fulfillment quotations mentioned previously.
Suggestions for the dating of Matthew range from A. Jesus had plainly declared that He was their Messiah.
Was He really the Old Testament Messiah predicted by the prophets?
The Gospels give us God’s portrait of the person and work of Christ with four distinct pictures. Luke strongly stresses the true humanity of Christ while also declaring His deity.
In Sidlow Baxter’s Explore the Book, he calls our attention to the interesting similarity between the vision in Ezekiel and the Gospels, though he does not suggest the four living creatures were a type of the Gospels. Some believe that Luke particularly had the Greeks in mind because of their keen interest in human philosophy.It is the life and death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.” Following this four-fold account, Acts gives the historical account of the extension of the gospel message from Jerusalem, into Judea and Samaria, and to the farthest parts of the earth, into the Gentile world.It begins: 1:1 I wrote the former account (the Gospel of Luke), Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and teach 1:2 until the day he was taken up to heaven, after he had given orders by the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen.” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Matthew gives the four stock answers or schools of thought for a large number of people in Jesus’ day. Matthew addresses his Gospel primarily to the Jews to convince them that Jesus of Nazareth is their Messiah, the King of the Jews.Only a few at first, a believing remnant, recognized Him for who He really was, the Son of God. With the genealogy of Jesus, Matthew also uses ten fulfillment quotations by which he seeks to show that this Jesus, though rejected and crucified, is the long-awaited Messiah of the Old Testament (Matt. But though rejected by the nation as a whole and crucified, the King left an empty tomb.Matthew, who was one of the original disciples of Jesus, was a Jew writing to Jews about the One who was their own Messiah. Matthew worked as a publican collecting taxes in Palestine for the Romans until he was called by the Lord to follow Him (Matt. His quick response may suggest his heart had already been stirred by the ministry of Jesus. 140, but “the fact that the destruction of Jerusalem in A. 70 is viewed as an event yet future (24:2) seems to require an earlier date.