Topic: Gospel of Matthew

The Science of Hypocrisy and Christ’s Thunderous Wrath Against It, Matthew

18:1-11

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson expounds Christ's pronouncement of the "Seven Woes" upon those who have rejected the Messiah in the name of the Hebrew faith.

The Genealogy of Christ

Matthew 1: 1-17

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson explains the significance of Christ’s genealogy as it is found in the Gospel of Matthew. As an introduction to the first of the synoptic gospels, The Genealogy of Christ expounds the discrete link between Jesus and the royal line of David. Dr. Johnson details the significance of Jesus as the promised, Messianic king and from it gives insight into the nature of God’s grace.

The King’s Supernatural Birth

1: 18-25

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson discusses Christ's birth and its importance to his Messianic credentials. The importance of the virgin birth is expounded.

When Bethlehem Became the House of Bread

2:1-12

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson discusses the Messianic prophecies centered around the place of Jesus' birth. Dr. Johnson also expounds on the significance of the visit of the Wise-men

From Bethlehem to Egypt to Nazareth

2: 13-23

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson details the flight of the holy family into Egypt and explains how even in the face of evil, God's Messianic plan is at work.

The Herald of the King, Matthew

3: 1-12

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson expounds upon the ministry of John the Baptist.

The Baptism of the King

3: 13-17

Transcript For those of you who have been following along in our studies in the Gospel of Matthew, you will know that we have arrived at the passage which recounts the baptism of our Lord, which is found in Matthew

The Temptation of the King

4:1-12

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson provides exposition about Jesus' temptation by the devil in the wilderness and relates its importance to his Messianic kingship.

The Beginning of the King’s Ministry

4: 12-25

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson expounds upon the official beginning of Jesus' ministry in Galilee.

The Beatitudes I – From Poverty to Royalty

5: 1-3

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson introduces the Sermon on the Mount and its first Beatitude.

The Beatitudes II – Blessed Grief

5: 1-12

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson goes into deatail on the Beatitudes. Dr. Johnson exposits what Christ meant when he said, "blessed are those who mourn."

The Beatitudes III – Blessed Meekness

5: 5

In his third message on the Beatitudes, Dr. S. Lewis Johnson discusses what Christ meant by "blessed are the meek."

The Beatitudes IV – Blessed Righteousness and Mercy

5: 6-8

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson continues his exposition of the Beatitudes.

The Beatitudes IV – Peace and Persecution, Matt

5: 9-12

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson concludes his discussion of the Beatitudes.

The Similitudes: The Salt of the Earth

5: 13-16

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson expounds "the Similitudes" found in the Sermon on the Mount.

The King, the Scriptures, and the Righteousness that Saves

5: 17-20

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson presents Jesus' view of the Scriptures.

Jesus on the Sins of Our Age

5: 21-32

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson continues his exposition of the Sermon on the Mount by detailing Jesus' comments on sin and how Jewish law was interpreted against it. Dr. Johnson provides insight into how Jesus's ministry clarified the true meaning of the law.

Truths, Rights and Christian Love

5: 33-48

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson provides further insights into the nature of Jesus' Messianic kingdom, explaining how Jesus' teachings contrast with those of the Jewish leaders of his time.

Alms, Prayer and Fasting for the Glory of Men

6: 1-8, 16-18

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson continues to expound Jesus' new Messianic kingdom as set forth in the Sermon on the Mount. Dr. Johnson explains how Jesus began to differentiate himself from the religious culture that had developed around the Jewish law.

The Lord’s Prayer: A Primer for Prayer

6: 9-15

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson discusses Jesus' model prayer for his disciples.

God and Mammon, or Advice to Fortune Hunters

6: 16-24

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson gives practical advice for Christians about both true and temporal wealth.

The Infidelity of Anxiety,

6: 25-34

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson discusses the providence of God and explains how worry by the believer is an expression of unfaithfulness.

On Criticism – Censorious and Sensible

7: 1-6

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson exposits Jesus' instructions about believers' criticism of others and of those outside the family of believers. Dr. Johnson also explains the concept of discriminiation in evangelism.

The Queen of Experiences and the Everest of Ethics

7: 7-12

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson expounds the famous passage of the Sermon on the Mount which includes Christ's command to "ask, seek and knock." Dr. Johnson describes how prayer is the expression of this teaching of Jesus.

Two Ways, Two Trees, Two Houses

7: 13-29

Concluding his exposition of the Sermon on the Mount, Dr. S. Lewis Johnson explains how Jesus sets forth two paths for people to follow -- one leading into his Messianic kingdom.

The Cleansing of the Leper, or Christ both Powerful and Good

8: 1-4

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson expounds upon Christ's first miracle recorded in the Gospel of Matthew. Dr. Johnson provides details of how this miracle and Christ's ministry are in harmony with the true spirit of Jewish law.

The Healing of the Centurion’s Servant, or the Faith that Astonished Christ

8: 5-13

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson discusses the miracle of Jesus involving the Roman Centurion. Dr. Johnson emphasizes the role of faith in the Messiah's miracles.

Healings, the Atonement, and the Implications of Discipleship

8: 14-22

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson discusses Jesus' first miracles and their significance in support of his Messianic identity.

His Wonders in the Deep

8: 23-27

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson describes the deity of Christ demonstrated during the storm on the Sea of Galilee.

‘Jesus is No Ordinary Person’ – the Demons

8: 28-34

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson relates how even the demons acknowledge Christ's Messiahship before he casts them out of two men into a herd of swine.

The Paralytic, The Pallet, and the Power of the Son of Man

9: 1-8

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson discusses the growth of Jesus' ministry and authority and it's effect on the Jewish elders during the instance in which he heals the paralytic.

When Sick Men Reject Their Doctor, or Growing Opposition to the King

9: 9-17

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson goes into detail about the reaction of the Jewish elders to Jesus' ministry and claims. Also discussed is the calling of the gospel's author, Matthew the Evangelist.

Master of Death and Man of Feeling

9: 18-26

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson expounds the first recorded miracle of Jesus that involves the raising of someone from the dead. Dr. Johnson also explains how the miracle illustrates the compassion of the Messianic king.

Blind Men and the Lord, Then and Now

9: 27-31

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson relates Jesus' healing of the blind men of Capernaum. Dr. Johnson also points out the defining prophecy from the Book of Isaiah in support Jesus' Messianic identity.

An Unequal Cure and Uncommon Critics

9: 32-34

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson concludes a group of messages on Christ's Messianic credentials as they are set forth in Matthew.

The Mission of the Twelve

9: 35- 10: 42

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson expounds a lengthy passage detailing Jesus' sending out of his disciples to declare the arrival of the Messiah to the people of Israel.

John’s Doubts About Jesus’ Messiahship

11: 1-19

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson discusses John the Baptist's discouragement about Christ after being imprisoned by King Herod. Dr. Johnson explains how Jesus responded and provided the essential authentication of his Messianic ministry.

The Unshared Sonship of the Son of God

11: 20-30

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson continues his exposition of Jesus as the Messiah, possessing full unity with God the Father.

Lord of the Sabbath

12: 1-8

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson discusses two major confrontations of Jesus with the Jewish leaders over the interpretation of the law.

The Man With the Withered Hand

12: 9-14

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson discusses Jesus' healing in the synagogue of the man with the withered hand. Dr. Johnson also relates how this miracle hardenes the opposition of the Jewish elders to Jesus.

God’s Elect Servant – Gentle and Quiet

12: 15-21

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson explains how the prophecy about the nature of the Messiah was fulfilled in Jesus' ministry.

The Unpardonable Sin

12: 22-37

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson provides valuable insight into what, exactly, "the unpardonable sin" is according to Jesus.

Jonah, the Unclean Spirit and the Family of Jesus

12: 38-50

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson expounds upon three exchanges during Jesus' ministry in Galilee, one of which is the "sign of Jonah" given by Christ to the Pharisees.

Jonah, the Unclean Spirit and the Family of Jesus

12:38-50

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson expounds upon three exchanges during Jesus' ministry in Galilee, one of which is the "sign of Jonah" given by Christ to the Pharisees.

The Parable of the Soils

13: 1-23

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson begins his exposition of Jesus' parables with the Parable of the Soils, or Parable of the Sower.

The Tares and the Wheat, or Satan in the Kingdom

13: 24-30, 36-44

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson continues his interpretation of the parables of Jesus with an exposition of the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares.

The Mustard Seed, Leaven and the Growth of the Kingdom

13:31-35

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson discusses Jesus' parables which symbolize the specific nature of the Messianic kingdom.

A Treasure, a Pearl, a Fisherman’s Net

13: 44-51

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson concludes his exposition of the parables of Jesus found in Matthew chapter 13 with a study of the stories that describe the divine kingdom as a thing of great value.

The Beheading of a Baptist

13: 51- 14: 12

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson discusses the final portion of the parables found in the Gospel of Matthew, followed by the news that John the Baptist has been murdered by King Herod.

The Feeding of the Five Thousand

14: 13-21

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson expounds upon Jesus' miracle, later in his ministry, of feeding thousands with only a small portion of food.

The Possibility of the Impossible

14: 22-36

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson gives exposition about Jesus' encounter with Peter and the disciples as he walked out to their boat during a storm on the Sea of Galilee.

Human Tradition vs. Holy Scripture

15: 1-20

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson discusses a pivotal confrontation during Jesus' ministry with the Jewish elders. Dr. Johnson describes this passage as "the collision of two views of religion."

Dogged Faith Triumphing Over the Silent Messiah

15: 21-31

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson discusses Jesus' ministry to the Gentiles during the healing of the Syro-Phoenician woman.

The Feeding of the 4,000, the Signs of the Times, and a Warning Against Heresy

15: 32- 16: 12

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson gives exposition of a lenghty passage from the Gospel of Matthew in which Jesus performs a second feeding of the multitude and continues to confront the Jewish elders.

Is Peter the Rock?

16: 13-19

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson expounds on Peter's confession.

The Keys of the Kingdom of God

16: 13-20, 18: 15-20

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson dicusses what Jesus meant when he declared the beginning of his church on earth.

The Proclamation of the Passion

16: 21-23

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson expounds upon Jesus' explanation to his disciples of his coming suffering, death and resurrection. Dr. Johnson also discusses Peter's reaction and his master's rebuke.

Jesus on How to Find It

16: 24-28

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson discusses Jesus' words to his disciples concerning his work as the Messiah who must suffer.

The Transfiguration of Christ

16: 28-17: 8

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson expounds upon the Transfiguration of Christ and the reaction of the Apostle Peter.

Elijah’s Second Coming, Impotent Disciples and the Miracle of the Tribute Money

17: 9-27

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson explains more about the nature of his kingdom to his disciples, giving further lessons to Peter as the "first among equals."

The Law of Precedence in the Kingdom

18: 1-14

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson discusses how Jesus instructed his disciples about what lie ahead of him in order to fulfill his role as the Messiah -- and what the true nature of the Messiah is.

Discipline in the Kingdom

18: 15-20

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson gives a message on Christ's guidance for the behavior of his saints and their relationship to each other.

The Law of Forgiveness in the Community of the Forgiven

18: 21-35

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson expounds upon the parable of the two debtors, providing additional thoughts about Jesus' expectations of his saints.

Christ and Divorce

19: 1-12

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson dicusses Christ's view on divorce, and how his reaction to a challenge by the Jewish leaders on the subject is an illustration of the true spirit of God's law.

The Rich Young Ruler, or Salvation: the Gift of God

19: 16-26

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson gives exposition on Jesus' encouter with the Rich Young Ruler, and how Christ used the exchange to express the specific nature of salvation.

Laborers in the Vineyard, or Sovereign Grace in the Doctrine of Rewards

19: 27-20: 16

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson expounds the parable of the vineyard workers and explains the doctrine of rewards in the Messianic kingdom.

Particular Redemption and Greatness in the Kingdom

20: 17-28

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson dicusses what it means to follow Christ based upon his response to the request of James and John to be seated next to him in the throneroom of what they thought would be his kingdom.

The Second Joshua Working Miracles in Jericho Again

20: 29-34

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson dicusses Jesus' visit through Jericho on his way to Jerusalem, explaining the importance of the healings of the blind men in that city.

The Untriumphal Entry

21: 1-11

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson expounds Jesus' entry into Jerusalem and the beginning of the Passion Week.

The Cleansing of the Temple, or the Primacy of the Spiritual

21: 12-17

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson gives exposition on the Monday before Jesus' crucifixion, focusing on Christ's attack on the temple money-changers.

The Withered Fig Tree, or Israel Under a Curse

21: 18-22

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson discusses the perplexing curse by Christ on the fig tree and explains its sympolism with reference to Israel.

The Authority of John and Jesus

21: 23-32

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson dicusses the exchange between Jesus and the temple leaders about the authority of the Messiah.

Jesus, Israel and the Problem of History

21: 33-46

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson expounds the parable of the vineyard as Jesus' ministry draws to a close in the face of his coming crucifixion.

The Parable of the Marriage Feast

22: 1-14

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson expounds Jesus' analogy of the Messiah's coming as a wedding banquet in need of guests.

Christ’s Answers to Carping Questions

22: 15-40

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson expounds Jesus' response to two attempts by the different factions of the Jewish leaders to entrap him in his speech.

The Cardinal Question of the Day of Questions

22: 41-46

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson expounds the ultimate confrontation between Jesus and the Jewish leaders about the Messiah.

The Sins of the Scribes, Pharisees and Christians

23: 1-12

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson discusses the characteristics of the Jewish elders in conflict with Jesus, giving practical exhortations to Christians to avoid the same sin.

The Science of Hypocrisy and Christ’s Thunderous Wrath Against It

23: 13-36

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson expounds Christ's pronouncement of the "Seven Woes" upon those who have rejected the Messiah in the name of the Hebrew faith.

Christ’s Lament Over Jerusalem

23: 37-39

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson teaches on Christ's mourning over Jerusalem and its rejection of their Messiah.

Advent Questions

24: 1-14

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson begins his exposition of Jesus' teachings during the Olivet Discourse. Dr. Johnson emphasizes the commitment of the Christian to the truth when discussing the second coming of the Messiah.

The Great Tribulation

24: 15-28

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson expounds Jesus' teachings on Israels' "seventieth week," also known as the Great Tribulation prophesied to occur before the return of the Messiah.

The Second Advent, the Hope of the World

24: 29-31

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson discusses the cosmic disturbances to accompany the Great Tribulation.

Jesus’ Knowledge of his Second Coming

24: 24, 32-36

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson gives exposition on more of Christ's teachings during the Olivet Discourse.

The Ten Virgins, or the Qualifications for the Kingdom, Matthew

25: 1-13

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson gives exposition on Jesus' Parable of the Ten Virgins, explaining the importance of preparedness by the Christian for the Second Advent.

The Parable of the Talents, Matthew

25: 14-30

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson expounds the Parable of the Talents, providing insight into the responsibility of followers of Christ to be faithful with what God provides them.

The Judgment of the Living Gentiles, Matthew

25: 31-46

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson concludes his exposition of Christ's Olivet Discourse by explaining the responsibility of the Gentiles in anticipation of the Messiah's second coming.

The Order of the Alabaster Box, Matthew

26: 1-16

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson expounds the actions and significance of Mary of Bethany, who anointed Jesus with the expensive perfume.

The Last Passover and the First Lord’s Supper, part I, Matthew

26: 17-25

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson expounds the first two "movements" of the Lord's Supper with Jesus and his disciples. Dr. Johnson details the significance of the prepartions made for Christ's final Passover and of the indentification of Judas as the betrayer.

The Last Passover and the First Lord’s Supper, part II, Matthew

26:26-29

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson continues his study of Jesus' final Passover feast with his disciples, focusing on Christ's presentation of himself as the atoning sacrifice.

Peter Learning Romans Seven, Matthew

26: 30-35

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson relates the episode of Peter's denials.

The Agony in Gethsemane, Matthew

26: 36-46

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson gives exposition of Jesus' prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, shortly before his arrest. Dr. Johnson discusses the deep spiritual separation Christ experienced during his prayer in Gethsemane.

Sovereign Grace in the State of Humiliation, Matthew

26: 47-56

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson studies Jesus' betrayal and arrest. Dr. Johnson also details the symbolism behind the priest's servant who was injured during the confrontation in the Garden of Gethsemane.

Christ Before Caiaphas, the Cynical Timerserver, Matthew

26: 57-69

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson expounds the midnight trial of Jesus before the Sanhedrin. Dr. Johnson gives particular attention to the actions of Caiaphas, the Jewish high priest.

Judas Iscariot — a Message for Disciples, Matthew

27: 1-14

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson provides expostion of Judas Iscariot, the betrayer of Jesus.

Barabbas, the Man for Whom Christ Died, Matthew

27: 15-21

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson discusses the release of Barabbas in exchange for the death of Christ at the hands of the Jews and Romans.

The Son of God Being Repudiated by the Sons of Men

27: 22-31

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson discusses the scourging of Jesus by the Romans.

The King Crucified, Matthew

27: 32-34

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson expounds the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

Immanuel’s Orphaned Cry – Disillusionment or Dependence? Matthew

27: 34-50

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson gives a detailed exposition of Christ's fourth statement on the cross: "My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?" Dr. Johnson explains the importance of this moment of Christ's suffering in the doctrine of atonement.

‘And the Graves Were Opened,’ or Mysterious Visitors from the Spirit World Matthew

27: 50-56

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson gives his thoughts on the signs that accompanied Jesus' death.

The Burial of Christ, Matthew

27: 57-61

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson discusses Christ's burial, giving specific emphasis to the role of Joseph of Arimathea and the impact of Jesus' death upon his faith.

The Resurrection of Christ – and Christianity, Matthew

27: 62 - 28: 15

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson exponds the resurrection of Christ. Dr. Johnson also provides extensive refutations of the many theories put forward since the event which attempt to discredit it.

An Unlimited Scepter, a Boundless Commission and – Immanuel! Matthew

28: 16-20

Dr. S. Lewis Johnson gives exposition on the Great Commission.

Pentecost and the Gift of Tongues

Acts 2:1–13

TRANSCRIPT [Prayer] Father, we thank Thee for the privilege of the study of the Scriptures. We thank Thee for the light that they shed upon the truth of the Word of God. We thank Thee for the ministry of the