John Piper has often remarked that he finds the most help from old commentaries.
It is the Puritans and other Christians from previous generations that usually made a point to wrestle deeply with the questions raised by the text and its theological import, rather than mainly the technical details. Nonetheless, it is important to be aware of the modern scholarly commentaries, and there is indeed much benefit that can be derived from them as well.
In addition, a precious few do stand out as continuing the spirit of the former days. We would recommend the following as some of the more significant modern commentaries and resources on commentaries written from an evangelical perspective. There are a couple of books which provide brief descriptions and reviews of every major commentary. These books are invaluable resources to consult in developing a solid commentary library, large or small. For the New Testament, D. Both Longman and Carson are solid evangelicals and give insightful advice. Denver seminary also has a helpful online commentary resource.
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Best Commentaries on Matthew - Tim Challies
Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them.
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Beware of false prophets : Jesus just warned us of a path that leads to destruction. Now He reminds us that there are many who would try to guide us along the broad path that leads to destruction. The first step to combating these false prophets is to simply beware of them.
Often they deceive even themselves, believing themselves to be sheep when in fact they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits : We guard ourselves against false prophets by taking heed to their fruits. This means paying attention to several aspects of their life and ministry.
We should pay attention to the manner of living a teacher shows. Do they show righteousness, humility and faithfulness in the way they live? We should pay attention to the content of their teaching. We should pay attention to the effect of their teaching. Are people growing in Jesus or merely being entertained, and eventually falling away?
Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit : This fruit is the inevitable result of who we are. He that brings forth no fruit, and he that brings forth bad fruit, are both only fit for the fire. This is vital, but never enough by itself. Though hypocrites may say it, we should not be ashamed to say it. Yet it alone is not enough. Their mind is elsewhere, but they believe there is value in the bare words and fulfilling some kind of religious duty with no heart, no soul, not spirit — only bare words and passing thoughts.
They go to church, perhaps fulfill some daily religious duties, yet sin against God and man just as any other might. Who says to Me…will say to Me in that day : It is staggering that Jesus claimed He is the one that people must stand before on that final day of judgment, and He is the one rightly called Lord.
This obscure teacher in a backwater part of the world claimed to be the judge of all men in that day.
Will you then count yourself wise to have so earnestly pursued it? You fancy that you can defend it now, but will you be able to defend it then, when all things of earth and time will have melted into nothingness? Lord, Lord, have we not : The people Jesus speaks of here had impressive spiritual accomplishments. They prophesied , cast out demons , and had done many wonders. These are wonderful things, but they meant nothing without true fellowship, true connection with Jesus.
Jesus did not seem to doubt their claims of doing the miraculous. Significantly, they even did these things in the name of Jesus. Yet, they never really had a relationship of love and fellowship with Jesus. If prophesying could save a man, Balaam would not have been a castaway. It is our connection to Him — by the gift of faith that He gives to us — that secures our salvation.
Connected to Jesus we are secure; without connection to Him all the miracles and great works prove nothing. What a dreadful separation! Depart from ME! From the very Jesus whom you have proclaimed in union with whom alone eternal life is to be found. For, united to Christ, all is heaven ; separated from him, all is hell. In addition, these are not people who lost their salvation.
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Instead, they never truly had it I never knew you. But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell.
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And great was its fall. The real foundation of our life is usually hidden and is only proven in the storm, and we could say that the storms come from both heaven rain and earth floods. The likeness between them is very considerable. Jesus warns us that the foundations of our lives will be shaken at some time or another, both now in trials and in the ultimate judgment before God.
We may be surprised when we see who has truly built upon the good foundation. It is better that we test the foundation of our life now rather than later, at our judgment before God when it is too late to change our destiny.
Jesus may have had in mind an Old Testament passage: When the whirlwind passes by, the wicked is no more, but the righteous has an everlasting foundation. Proverbs It is necessary that we are also doers of His Word. Not in deliberately seeking a bad foundation, but in taking no thought of foundation…His fault was not an error in judgment, but inconsiderateness.
It is not, as is commonly supposed, a question of two foundations, but of looking to, and neglecting to look to, the foundation. Yet no one can read this without seeing that they have not, do not, and will not ever completely do them. People might criticize John, but look at what he did - he led thousands of people into repentance, preparing the way for the Messiah.
People might criticize Jesus, but look at what He did - taught and worked and loved and died like no one ever has.
Mat Jesus rebukes the cities that did not repent in light of both John the Baptist's ministry and Jesus' own ministry. Then He began to rebuke the cities in which most of His mighty works had been done, because they did not repent: "Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you. And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hades; for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.
But I say to you that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you. He began to rebuke the cities in which most of His mighty works had been done, because they did not repent : Because most of His mighty works were done in these cities they experienced a greater light, which also required a greater accountability. This principles - greater light means greater responsibility - means that the western world has a tremendous accountability before God.
The west has had an access to the gospel that no other society has, yet remains in desperate need of repentance. It will be more tolerable : When Jesus said that it will be more tolerable for certain cities in the day of judgment, He implied that there are in fact different degrees of judgment. Some will be punished more severely in the final judgment than others. Luke , a point Paul well understood Romans The implications for Western, English speaking Christendom today are sobering.
Chorazin … Bethsaida … Capernaum : God's judgment was fulfilled against these cities. Each one of them was destroyed long ago and has been desolate for generations upon generations. We don't read in the gospels of the great works that Jesus did in Chorazin or Bethsaida, but we are told something in John : And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.
What Jesus did in Chorazin and Bethsaida are among those unwritten works. This is a good reminder that the gospels are a true account of Jesus' life, but He did much that was not included in the gospel records. Neglect can kill as much as persecution can. Mat Jesus praises those who do receive His message. At that time Jesus answered and said, "I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.
The persons of the Trinity speak and commune with each other with joy. The note of praise was the response of Christ's heart to the secret of Jehovah.
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