MATTHEW 3

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Matthew 3:1-12

WHEN JOHN CAME

 

John’s Coming was:

A WAKEUP THAT WAS NEEDED – Vss. 1-2

A WORD THAT WAS FULFILLED – Vss. 3-4

A WORK THAT WAS FRUITFUL – Vss. 5-6

A WARNING THAT WAS DIRECT – Vss. 7-10

A WITNESS THAT WAS MESSIANIC – Vss. 11-12

 

 

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Matthew 3:1-12

THE NEED OF REPENTANCE

 

REPENTANCE IS NECESSARY:

1.     BECAUSE THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS NEAR – Vs. 3

2.     BECAUSE THE LORD’S PATHS NEED TO BE STRAIGHT (INTO OUR HEARTS) – Vss. 4-6

3.     BECAUSE OF SPIRITUAL PRIDE – Vss. 7-9

4.     BECAUSE OF COMING JUDGMENT – Vss. 10-12  

 

 

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Matthew 3:1-12

LISTEN TO JOHN

 

John was the prophet assigned to being the forerunner of the Lord Jesus.  He cried out to the Jewish people that they should "Prepare ye the way off the Lord, make his paths straight."  We should listen to John today as we hear him:

 

CRYING FOR REPENTANCE Vss. 1-6

John was calling for repentance. Baptism was the symbol of the repentance these Jews were experiencing.  Today, Baptism is for believers in the Lord Jesus Christ after coming to Christ as Savior (Matthew 28:19-20.)  However, we are never beyond need of repentance, and should be ready to turn away from all evil, so we can have closer fellowship with our Lord.  Psalm 66:18, 1 John 1:9

 

WARNING THE RELIGIOUS Vss. 7-10

The Pharisees, especially, were known for being very religious.  John called upon them to give up their hypocrisy and repent.  Many Christians appear very devout but harbor inner sins. It is time to give them up, and live truly Godly lives. James 4:7-20

 

PROMISING RENEWAL Vss. 11-12

Jesus did baptize with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2) and does baptize each new Christian with the Holy Spirit today (1 Corinthians 12:13, Romans 8:9).  However, as we confess our sin and ask for filling, we will be filled (controlled) by the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 5:18-21, Galatians 5:16, 22-23, 1 John 5:14-15)

 

 

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Matthew 3:1-12

THE MINISTRY OF JOHN

 

A PREDICTED MINISTRY - Vss. 1-3

 

A PRODUCTIVE MINISTRY - Vss. 4-6

 

A POINTED MINISTRY - Vss. 7-10

John was strong towards those who needed it most.

 

A PROPHETIC MINISTRY - Vss. 11-12

 

 

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Matthew 3:1-12

MEET JOHN

 

JOHN'S MINISTRY - Vss. 1-6

 

JOHN'S MESSAGE - Vss. 7-10

 

JOHN'S MASTER - Vss. 11-12

 

 

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Matthew 3:13-17

MEET THE TRINITY

There are people today who would like to remove the doctrine of the Trinity from Christianity. When they do, the whole building called our faith comes tumbling down. The doctrine of the Trinity is part of the structure of our faith. Without it, we do not have Biblical Christianity.

When we think of the word Trinity, we think of the Biblical teaching that God is "three in one and one in three". Although the word "Trinity" is not found in the Bible, the doctrine of the Trinity is. Don't panic if you do not fully understand how there can be one God, and yet three persons in the Godhead. No human being can fully comprehend the doctrine of the Trinity.

 

In this passage we are examining the Baptism of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is an important passage because it is here that we find the Trinity presented together. Jesus the Son of God is baptized. The Holy Spirit descends upon him in the form of a dove. God the Father gives his approval from Heaven.

 

This scene reminds me of some of the ways God the Trinity is involved in the lives of true Christians.

 

GOD WITH ME - IDENTIFICATION

Jesus is God with us - God identifying with man.

 

Instead of remaining aloof from his creation, Jesus Christ who for all eternity has been and ever will be the Son of God, came to earth, identifying with man.

 

Jesus identified with us in his BIRTH. Matthew 1:20-23

 

Jesus identified with us in his BAPTISM. Matthew 3:13-15

 

Jesus identified with us through his BLOOD. 1 Peter 1:18-19, 2 Corinthians 5:21

 

Jesus identifies with us in the BATTLE. 1 John 2:1-2, Hebrews 4:14-15 (He is always interceding for us before the Father.)

 

Jesus identifies with us in BEREAVEMENT. Isaiah 53:3, Matthew 28:20, Hebrews 13:5, Romans 8:35-39

 

GOD IN ME - INDWELLING - Vs. 16

The Holy Spirit is God in us - God indwelling man

 

Because Jesus was the perfect man, the God-Man, He did things the way we should do them. He was our example.  All that Jesus did as a man on earth was done in the power of the Holy Spirit. This is fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah 61:1. John promised that Jesus would baptize with the Spirit. Matthew 3:11, 1 Corinthians 12:13

 

There is PRESENCE. Romans 8:9 (The Holy Spirit Indwells)

 

There is POWER. Acts 1:8

 

There is PRODUCTION. Ephesians 5:18-21, Galatians 5:22-23

 

There is PRAYER. Romans 8:26

 

GOD OVER ME - INVOLVEMENT - Vs. 17

The Father is God over us - God involving Himself with man.

God the Father is present as He always is. He is involved in the life of the perfect man. He is also involved in the life of the Christian.

 

God's AUTHORITY - "This is"

One of the greatest reasons for Godly Christian behavior is God's authority in my life.

 

God's AFFECTION - "My Beloved Son"

We too are God's beloved children if we know Christ. John 1:12, 1 John 4:10, John 3:16

 

God's APPROVAL - "In Whom I am well pleased."

The perfect man had approval from God.

We, as His children, can also have his approval.

As Jesus pleased God, God approved.

As we please God, God approves.

 

 

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Matthew 3:13-17

BAPTISM!

 

A SPECIAL REQUEST - Vs. 13

Jesus wanted to be baptized.

 

A STEADY RESISTANCE - Vs. 14

Knowing the identity of Jesus, John realized that Jesus should be baptizing him.

 

A SUBSTANTIAL REASON - Vs. 15

Jesus said that He must be baptized to fulfill all righteousness.

 

A SUPERNATURAL RESPONSE - Vss. 16-17

God, the Spirit, descended on Jesus in the form of a dove. Vs. 16

God, the Father, spoke from Heaven, giving His approval. Vs. 17

 

 

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Matthew 3:17-25

A GREAT START

 

It's important to get a good start on a project or ministry that God has called you to.

Our Lord Jesus got off to a great start on His ministry.

 

JESUS' MESSAGE - Vs. 17

The message was a call to repentance because the Kingdom of Heaven was at hand.

 

JESUS' MANDATE - Vss. 18-22

Jesus called Peter, Andrew, James and John as disciples.  They were to follow Him. He would make them "fishers of men".

 

JESUS' MINISTRY - Vss. 23-25

1. Teaching

2. Preaching

3. Healing

 

 

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