Expository notes on the Gospel of Matthew

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 Much of the material embodied in this volume has appeared in the course of the past nine years, in The Sunday School Times, and is used here in accordance with an understanding had with, and permission given by, the owners of that periodical when I assumed responsibility for the leading article on the weekly International Lesson. With so much matter already in print and available for use, it was thought best not to wait until circumstances permitted me to give a series of lectures on Matthew to be stenographically reported and edited for publication, but rather to write a connected exposition, filling in with new material what was lacking in the notes from The Sunday School Times. This accounts for the different form in which this book appears to those on the other Gospels for which I have been responsible. I send the book out with the earnest prayer that it may prove helpful to many. 
—H. A. Ironside
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 Henry (Harry) Allan Ironside was born in Canada in 1876. Converted at the age of fourteen, he lived to preach and did so throughout North America and the British Isles. For Eighteen Years he was pastor of Chicago's Moody Memorial Church. The author of over 100 books, his scholarship was recognized by many Bible Institutes and Seminaries. 

H.A. Ironside went on the be with the Lord in 1951. The clarity of his preaching led hundreds of thousands to a knowledge of the Word of God. His writings are as fresh and instructive today as when first published.

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Solid Christian Books
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Published on
Apr 30, 2015
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Pages
296
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9781511961424
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English
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Religion / Biblical Commentary / New Testament
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 There is nothing redundant in God’s Word. Men write books and very frequently pad them in order to give quantity as well as quality, but there is nothing like that in the Bible. God’s words are tried—“as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times”—and therefore we may well give our most careful attention to every item and every expression used. What is the outstanding theme of the Epistle to the Ephesians? It opens up the truth of the privileges and responsibilities of the church as the body and bride of Christ. It brings before us our position as believers who have been quickened, raised, and seated in Christ in heavenly places. 
There are very remarkable similarities between certain Old Testament books and New Testament Epistles. The Epistle to the Romans, for instance, corresponds to the book of Exodus; the letter to the Hebrews is the counterpart of Leviticus; and the Epistle to the Ephesians is the New Testament book of Joshua. In Joshua we have the people of Israel entering the possession of their inheritance. In Ephesians believers are called to enter now by faith into the possession of that inheritance which eventually we shall enjoy in all its fullness. We are far richer than we realize. All things are ours, and yet how little we appropriate! 
It is said in the prophecy of Obadiah that when the Lord returns and His kingdom is established, the people of Israel shall “possess their possessions.” This is a challenge to us. Do you possess your possessions? Or are your heavenly estates like castles in Spain about which you dream, but never really possess? I trust the Spirit of God may lead us into the present enjoyment of our inheritance in Christ. For our purpose the Epistle may be divided very simply, without breaking it up into many portions that would be difficult to carry in our memories. We shall divide it into two parts, the first three chapters giving us the doctrine, and the last three, the practical outcome; the first division gives us our inheritance, and the last, the behavior that should characterize those who are so richly blessed. Often that is the divine order of Scripture: instruction in the truth first, practice in accordance with the truth afterwards. 
H.A.I
Experience internationally known Bible teacher Warren W. Wiersbe's commentaries on the Gospels, now available in one edition. This collection contains: Be Loyal (Matthew), Be Diligent (Mark), Be Compassionate (Luke 1–13), Be Courageous (Luke 14–24), Be Alive (John 1–12), and Be Transformed (John 13–21).Be Loyal (Matthew): Gain a better understanding of the King of Kings in this commentary and study of the gospel of Matthew.Be Diligent (Mark): The gospel of Mark shares the life, love, and ministry of Christ, who provides the ultimate example for those longing to actively serve others and God.Be Compassionate (Luke 1-13): The life of Christ was marked by His compassion for people. This study explores the heartbeat of our Savior, and inspires us to share His compassion with the world around us. Based on the Minor Prophets of the Bible, this dynamic study examines the amazing ways in which God works in the hearts and lives of His people.Be Courageous (Luke 14-24): It takes courage to walk out our faith. Based on the courageous life of Christ, this study encourages us to trust God, stand for what we believe, and embrace fearless living.Be Alive (John 1-12): Grasp the significance behind Jesus' life and ministry in this commentary on the first half of the Gospel of John—and come to know the living Savior like never before.Be Transformed (John 13-21): Stand on the eternal promises of God and understand your role as a believer, both abiding in the Source and obeying Him as Lord, as beloved Bible teacher Dr. Warren Wiersbe leads you verse-by-verse through the second half of the Gospel of John.
 The book of Acts is the story of early Christianity. This book gives us a great many principles that should guide us in Christian effort at the present time. One is reminded of the Lord’s word to Moses when He commanded him to build the tabernacle: “Look that thou make them after their pattern which was showed thee in the mount” (Exodus 25:40). God has given us in the book of Acts a pattern of Christian testimony, missionary effort, world evangelism, and building of Christian churches—a pattern which we would do well to follow. Certainly we can be assured of this: the closer we come to following this holy pattern, the greater blessing will attend our efforts. The title of this book as given in our English Bibles is of course not inspired. These titles have been added to the books by editors. Sometimes they seem to have been given with great exactness; in other cases we may question their appropriateness. Actually this book does not contain the acts of the apostles as a whole. The fact of the matter is, very few of the apostles are even mentioned in it. The book is largely limited to the ministry of two of them—Peter, who was one of the twelve, and Paul, who was an apostle of a different order altogether and not one of the twelve. He did not know our Lord on earth, but received his commission directly from Heaven. Actually the book might be called, as others have suggested, The Acts of the Holy Spirit; or, if you will, The Acts of the Risen Christ through the Holy Spirit Working in the Church on Earth. In this book we have brought before us in a wonderful way the work of that promised Comforter who came to earth to witness to the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ and to convince men of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.
“For such are false apostles, deceitfulworkers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel;for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light” (2 Cor. 11:13, 14).

The days in which you and I are living are days inwhich Christians need to know their Bibles, for the only way by which we mayknow whether or not a system of teaching is of God is by viewing the systemthrough the lens of Holy Writ—reading thesystem in the light of the Bible and not reading the Bible in the light of thesystem.

Because of the crying need of Biblical light on theseerroneous teachings, I gave a series of addresses in the Church of the OpenDoor, on “The Cult Kingdom,”selecting ten of the most damaging heresies for discussion. When people sawthem revealed in the searchlight of God’s Word a large number of men and women,held in their grip, were mercifully delivered.

This created a wide-spread interest among God’schildren, culminating in a demand for the printing of these addresses so thatothers, caught in the meshes of false doctrine, might also find freedom.

I was about to comply with this request when Idiscovered a book compiled by William C. Irvine, called “HERESIES EXPOSED.” This book completely covers not only the ten cultsI exposed, but many others, so instead of publishing my addresses I havearranged with the writer to allow me to print this special edition of hisexcellent work. By so doing we meet the demand of friends for this material andprovide my radio audience with another valuable book. 

 For nearly two years, 1934 and 1935, it was my privilege to attempt to expound the Corinthian Epistles at the regular Sunday morning gatherings, numbering from 2500 to 3500 people, in the auditorium of the Moody Memorial Church in Chicago. With radio equipment these addresses were broadcast over a large stretch of territory, thus reaching many thousands more. So insistent has been the demand for their publication in printed form that I have decided to send them out in this way. The original messages were taken down by a competent reporter and have been considerably revised and shortened, as otherwise it would have taken several volumes to reproduce them.

I am more firmly convinced than ever that there is need to emphasize the fundamental principles set forth in these letters given by inspiration through the apostle to the Gentiles, in order that Christians generally may be called back to the simplicity of early days. In 1 Corinthians we have the order that should prevail in Christian assemblies, while the second Epistle deals more particularly with the ministry of the church. If it please God, the addresses on that second letter will be published later.

I hope my readers will not come to this book looking for a critical analysis of the Epistle. If so, they will be disappointed. The object I had in view was to expound the Word as simply as possible for the edification and instruction of plain people who have neither the time nor the learning to follow heavy and erudite comments. If any such are helped to a greater appreciation of the value of this portion of the Word of God, I shall be abundantly repaid for the time and labor required to reproduce the spoken messages.

H. A. Ironside

Chicago, 1938

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