Bible Word of the Day: Symphoneo

From Matthew 18:19 –

συμφωνέω (symphōneō): fit (in) with, match (with), agree with; fit together; match in sound; be in agreement, in harmony,; be of one mind, . . . → Read More: Bible Word of the Day: Symphoneo

Jesus and the Guts of Compassion

In my Bible reading yesterday morning, I came across one of my favorite passages in the Scriptures, Matthew 9:35-39. As Matthew recounts this story, he sets the context by telling his readers what Jesus was doing: (1) going everywhere he could (“all the towns and villages”), (2) teaching where they were already gathered (the synagogue), (3) . . . → Read More: Jesus and the Guts of Compassion

Perfection in the Sermon on the Mount: Attainable or Not?

This passage in Matthew 5:48, and others like it (cf. 1 Pet. 1:15-16), has always confused me:

“You shall be perfect (τέλειοι), as your heavenly father is perfect (τέλειός).”

If we understand perfection as something that’s unattainable this side of heaven, and if we see God as qualitatively and categorically different from us in holiness and perfection, then . . . → Read More: Perfection in the Sermon on the Mount: Attainable or Not?

The Kingdom of Heaven is Near, and Stays Near

I was reading through Matthew 3:1-9 today, and came across a familiar phrase in verse 2:

“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near” (Μετανοεῖτε· ἤγγικεν γὰρ ἡ βασιλεία τῶν οὐρανῶν.)

Interestingly, the verb translated “has come near” (ἤγγικεν) is in the perfect tense, giving the sense that the kingdom has already drawn near, and also persists . . . → Read More: The Kingdom of Heaven is Near, and Stays Near

Book Review: Matthew (ZECNT) by Grant Osborne

In my preaching, research, and personal study, I have benefitted greatly from numerous scholarly commentaries. One new budding commentary series is the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (ZECNT), which promises 20 volumes by evangelical scholars on all the books of the NT. As part of the ZECNT Blog Tour, I was blessed to receive . . . → Read More: Book Review: Matthew (ZECNT) by Grant Osborne