Wiersbe's Expository Outline on the New Testament
Author: Warren W. Wiersbe
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CHAPTER-BY-CHAPTER THOUGH THE NEW TESTAMENT
Wiersbe's Expository Outlines on the New Testament will help you:
Understand the "big picture" of what the New Testament teaches
Grasp the significance of each individual book
Discover the life-changing truths of each chapter
Learn how to share the truth of God's Word with others
If you have used Dr. Wiersbe's popular BE series, you know how simple and practical his Bible studies are, with outlines that almost teach themselves. If not, you can now discover a wonderful new resource. This work is a unique commentary on every book of the New Testament. It contains new material not to be found in the BE series.
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Pub Date: July 1992
This book helps readers to understand the "big picture" of what the New Testament teaches. Grasp the significance of each book, discover the life-changing truths of each chapter, and learn how to share the truth of God's Word, contains material not found in the "Be" series.
In the first ten chapters of Matthew, we have "The Revelation of
the King." He reveals Himself to the Jews as to His Person (1-4),
His principles (5-7), and His power (8-10). Remember that Matthew
is seeking to prove that Jesus Christ is the King, "the Son of
David." In this first chapter, he gives the human ancestry of Christ
(vv. 1-17), then describes the birth of Christ (vv. 18-25). Thus,
Jesus is the "root and the offspring of David" (Rev. 22:16). He is
"the root" in that He is eternal God and brought David into being;
He is the "offspring" in that His humanity is linked to David in
His birth (Rom. 1:1-4).
I. The Faithful Providence of God (1:1-17)
Providence is God's control of circumstances so that His will prevails
and His purposes are fulfilled. Think of Satan's attacks against
Israel and how he sought to prevent Christ from coming! Because
of Abraham's disobedience, Sarah was almost lost and the promised
seed ruined (Gen. 12:10-20). At one time, the royal seed was all
slain, except for young Joash (2 Kings 11). This genealogy is not a
dull list of names. It is a record of the faithfulness of God in
preserving the children of Abraham as a channel through whom
Christ could come into the world.
Matthew's genealogy is of Joseph, Jesus' father in the eyes of the
law. Luke gives Mary's genealogy. Mary and Joseph were both
descendants of David.
You can see the grace of God in this list of names. Note the four
women mentioned: Tamar (v. 3, see Gen. 38); Rahab (v. 5, see
Josh. 2; Heb. 11:31); Ruth (v. 5, see the Book of Ruth); and
Bathsheba (v. 6, see 2 Sam. 12). Mary is also mentioned. These
women illustrate the grace of God. Tamar was guilty of whoredom,
yet God permitted her to be listed in the ancestry of Christ. Rahab
was both a harlot and a foreigner. She was saved by her faith. Ruth
was a Moabitess; and according to Deut. 23:3-6, she was excluded
from the nation of Israel. Bathsheba was partner to David's awful
sin, yet God forgave her and permitted her to be one of Christ's
ancestors through Solomon. "Where sin abounded, grace did much
more abound" (Rom. 5:20).
This genealogy is not complete, of course. Several names are left
out. It was common among the Jews to leave out unimportant
names to help the children remember the lists. Three sets of fourteen
names would be easy to remember. In 1:8, Ahaziah, Joash, and
Amaziah are omitted, probably because of their relationship to
Ahab's wicked daughter, Athaliah. No Jew today has his legal genealogy.
All the records were destroyed in A.D. 70 when the temple
was ruined. Jesus Christ is the only Jew alive today who can prove
His rights to the throne of David.
II. The Fulfilled Promise of God (1:18-25)
"Betrothal" (engagement) among the Jews was as binding as marriage.
When Joseph discovered Mary's condition, he naturally assumed she
had been unfaithful to him. Note his prudence: "While he thought on
these things" (v. 20). How important it is to be "slow to wrath" and
to consider matters thoughtfully! (see Prov. 21:5)
According to Deut. 22:23-24, Mary could have been stoned. Indications
are that the Jews did not obey this law but rather allowed
the innocent party to divorce the unfaithful mate. It took great
faith for Joseph to believe God's message in the dream. His love for
God and for Mary made him willing to "bear reproach" for Christ.
Imagine how the neighbors must have talked! In John 8:41, there is
a suggestion that the Jews slandered Christ's birth, intimating that
He was born of fornication. Satan has always attacked the truth of
the Virgin Birth, for when he does, he denies the Person and work
of Christ and the truth of the Bible.
The name Jesus means "Savior" and is a Gk. version of the Heb.
name "Joshua." In the OT, there are two well-known Joshuas: the
soldier who led Israel into Canaan (see the Book of Joshua), and
the high priest mentioned in Zech. 3. Christ is our Captain of
Salvation, leading us to victory. He is our Great High Priest, representing
us before the throne of God.
Christ's birth fulfills the prophecy of Isa. 7:14. Read Isa. 7 very
carefully. Ahaz was about to be attacked by Rezin, King of Syria,
and Pekah, King of Israel. The Lord sent Isaiah to encourage Ahaz
(7:1-9) and to give Ahaz a sign. Ahaz acted very pious and refused
the sign. So, God gave the sign to the whole house of David, not
just to Ahaz (see 7:13). The sign is the birth of Immanuel ("God
with us") to the virgin mother. This sign had nothing to do with
Ahaz at that time. In Isa. 8, God gave Ahaz His sign, using the
child of Isaiah to do this. (Note: the Heb. word in Isa. 7:14, and
the Gk. word in Matt. 1:23, can only mean virgin.)
We must admire Joseph's immediate obedience (v. 24). He was
careful to keep his relationship with Mary pure. In the Bible, only
four ways are noted to get a body: (1) without a man or a woman
as Adam did, made from the dust of the earth; (2) with a man, but
no woman as Eve did, made from Adam's side; (3) with a man
and a woman as all humans are born; or (4) with a woman, but no
man as Jesus was born, having an earthly mother but no biological
father. It was important that Jesus be born of a virgin that He
might have a sinless human nature, conceived by the Holy Spirit
(see Luke 1). Since He existed before the creation of man, how
could He ever be born of a human father and mother? Every new
baby is a being that has never existed before. The modernist who
denies Christ's virgin birth denies His eternal Godhead and deity.
Either He is God, or He is an imposter.
"Fulfilled" (v. 22) is a favorite word of Matthew's. He uses it at
least twelve times to show that Jesus completed the prophecies
given in the OT Scriptures.
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