— Gently the Baptist declines, gently the Saviour insists. Till heaven and earth pass. He was independent of all means, and stood in no need of such aids. Jesus said unto him, Suffer it to be so now. Home > Study Desk. The ecclesia was the “house of God” (1Timothy 3:15); it was a “holy temple” (Ephesians 2:21). And since it became Christ, it cannot be unbecoming us to submit to this ordinance; and since he looked upon it as a part of righteousness to be fulfilled by him, it ought to be attended to by all those who would be accounted followers of him. He was in His place receiving that rite. Argumentum e contrario for the preceding καὶ οὕτως ἀναπληρ. John was doing his proper work in administering it. See note ch. Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary online free at StudyLight.org for sermon, Bible study, and Sunday school preparation. Truly, certainly. "The King, because of His baptism, is now bound up with His subjects." Then he suffered Him. Adulteries, fornications. And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now, [ Afes (Greek #863) arti (Greek #737)] - 'Let it pass for the present' (Webster and Wilkinson); q.d., 'Thou recoilest, and no wonder, for the seeming incongruity is startling; but in the present case do as thou art bidden.'. Righteousness is from DIKAIOSUNE and Thayer defines it as follows: "b. integrity, virtue, purity of life, uprightness, correctness in thinking, feeling, and acting. [Note: Toussaint, p73. Does imply a tacit acceptance of the high position assigned to Him by John (Weiss-Meyer)? Verses 1-11. They are produced by coveting the property of others. John’s baptism of Jesus, therefore, was, as it were, an unction for his kingship or priesthood. suffer it to be so now; let me have my request; do not go on to object, but comply with my desire; let it be done now, immediately, directly, at this present time; do not put me off with any excuse; it is a proper season for it, even "now", since the time is not yet come that I am to baptize with the Holy Ghost; and besides, thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. SERMON ON THE MOUNT COMMENTARY Verse by Verse notes On Site Bruce Hurt, MD. Matthew 3:6. Old Testament (Ii. His answer is gentle, respectful, dignified, simple, yet deep.— —deferential, half-yielding, yet strong in its very gentleness. on StudyLight.org Statement of Faith ... Thou art neither cold nor hot, but worse than either; I would thou wert cold or hot, Revelation 3:15. Galatians 6:3. Verse 18. Facing the Storms of Life Matthew 8:23-27; 5. In Christian baptism (in contrast to John’s baptism)—water and Spirit are united (John 3:5: Titus 3:5). But he saw that under the mild words of Jesus a very earnest purpose was hid. To fulfill all righteousness - That is, Every righteous ordinance: so I think the words πασαν δικαιοσυνην should be translated; and so our common version renders a similar word, Luke 1:6. He was independent of all means, and stood in no need of such aids. That these testimonies should have been given on this occasion, rather than on any other, was fit; because it was an august manner of opening our Lord’s ministry, was the most public occasion that could be found, and pointed him out as Messiah to the Baptist, who was thereby qualified for the principal duty of his mission, John 1:31.” By this we are taught a holy exactness in the observance even of those institutions which owe their obligations merely to a divine appointment. See also Matthew 3:15; John 16:10.) There is no Old Testament prophecy that states that Messiah would undergo water baptism, but there is prophecy that Messiah would submit Himself to God ( Isaiah 42:1; Isaiah 53; et al.). Matthew 1:19). Both John in his office and Jesus in His. The Cost of Discipleship or Fickle Followers Matthew 8:14-22; 4. From the earliest times, Genesis 3:15 has been called the proto-evangelium because it is the first note of God’s redemptive intention following the fall in the garden of Eden. The special form meant is not the mere compliance with the ordinance of baptism as administered by an accredited servant of God, but something far deeper, which the new era will unfold. His baptism set the pattern for him to be the first among many brothers (Romans 8:29). [Note: Benno Przybylski, Righteousness in Matthew and His World of Thought, pp91-94.] on StudyLight.org The malice has its seat in the heart, and the murder therefore proceeds from the heart, 1 John 3:15. ], "Jesus fulfilled the Scripture by replicating in His own life the patterns of God"s historical relations with Israel and by accomplishing in His own history the predicted events of prophecy. What did Jesus mean? In doing Song of Solomon, Jesus authenticated John"s ministry and identified Himself with the godly remnant within Israel. Christ as Student and Interpreter of). Second, it establishes the parameters by which God will redeem His people from their sin. Or, it becometh every messenger of God, and even every follower of mine, to observe every divine appointment, and to honour every divine ordinance. Suffer it now. [] 31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other Matthew 3:15. It became John to administer the ordinance of baptism to Christ, as he was his forerunner, and the only administrator of it, and that he might fulfil the ministry which he had received; and as it became Christ to fulfil all righteousness, moral and ceremonial, and baptism being a part of his Father's will, which he came to do, it became him to fulfil this also. To the first question it is replied, that Christ’s whole life was a bearing. Christ as Student and Interpreter of). 1 John 3 The apostle here magnifies the love of God in our adoption, 1 John 3:1,2.He thereupon argues for holiness (), and against sin, 1 John 3:4-19.He presses brotherly love, 1 John 3:11-18.How to assure our hearts before God, 1 John 3:19-22.The precept of faith, … Mark 3:15 - and to have authority to cast out the demons. Matthew 3:4. ", [Note: Craig A. Blaising, "The Fulfillment of the Biblical Covenants," in Progressive Dispensationalism, p195. He taught them what was the evil they should abhor, and what the good they should seek and abound in. The reasoning with which Jesus replies to John’s scruples is characteristic. The Baptist had a passion for righteousness, yet his conception of righteousness was narrow, severe, legal. Note that nothing in the definition requires any act in the nature of repentance or confession, hence Jesus who had no sins to confess could adopt the definition in his reason for requiring baptism. Matthew's Personal Testimony Matthew 9:9-13; 8. That spirit of submissiveness to God"s will is primarily what John"s baptism identified in those who submitted to it. "And Peter observes the same date, Acts 1:22, beginning from the baptism of John, for then Christ began first to appear in him, and then to appear to him, and by him to the world. The propriety of John’s scruples is recognized; but he was ‘now’ or ‘as yet’ the minister of the law, which Jesus must fulfil. But was this an ordinance? We may read that into it, but I doubt if the suggestion does justice to the feeling of Jesus.— : a mild word when a stronger might have been used, because it refers to John as well as Jesus: fitting, becoming, congruous; videHebrews 2:10, where the same word is used in reference to the relation of God to Christ’s sufferings. ... 3. "Then John baptized him with water, and he baptized John with the Spirit.". Thus Jesus transversed the Jordan and then, like Israel, spent a period of time in the wilderness. Read Matthew 20 commentary using Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete). The phrase “all righteousness,” here, is the same as a righteous institution or appointment. "And Peter observes the same date, Acts 1:22, beginning from the baptism of John, for then Christ began first to appear in him, and then to appear to him, and by him to the world. Judgment and discernment. [Note: Benno Przybylski, Righteousness in Matthew and His World of Thought, pp91-94. Then people from Jerusalem, all of Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him. He that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. It established our Lord’s mission also; for after he was baptized, the testimonies of the Spirit and voice from heaven were given him in the presence of the multitude assembled at Jordan. Matthew 3:15 - But Jesus answering said to him, 'Permit it at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.' Verily. “It became Him.”— : this means more than meets the ear, more than could be explained to a man like John. . True, baptism was for sinners; and Jesus was sinless (Hebrews 4:15), yet he had humbly accepted the obligation of human duties (Hebrews 2:14), and must set a perfect example. Matthew 2:1-23). Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary online free at StudyLight.org for sermon, Bible study, and Sunday school preparation. Fulfill is from PLEROO and Thayer"s definition at this passage is, "to perform, execute." It established John’s mission, great honour being done him by the Messiah’s receiving his baptism. Let it be so for now. This duty was incumbent on John as the minister of that Dispensation; likewise on the Lord: hence the word "thus". Matthew 3:6 - and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, as they confessed their sins. [Note: Don B. Garlington, "Jesus, the Unique Son of God: Tested and Faithful," Bibliotheca Sacra151:603 (July-September1994):287. Christ having strongly urged the conveniency and equity of the administration of baptism to him, which showed his eager desire after it, and the lowliness of his mind; and John being convinced, and overcome by the force of his reasoning, agrees to his baptism; then he suffered him, i.e. And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Matthew 28:19 - Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, on StudyLight.org But it was necessary on another account: Our Lord represented the high priest, and was to be the high priest over the house of God: - now, as the high priest was initiated into his office by washing and anointing, so must Christ: and hence he was baptized, washed, and anointed by the Holy Ghost. 5. ", "Jesus" baptism in the Jordan stands as a counterpart of Israel"s crossing of the Red Sea at the onset of the Exodus. And Solomon loved — Or, Yet he loved, the Lord — Although he miscarried in the matter of high places, yet, in the general, his heart was right with God. Their ideas of righteousness separated the two men by a wide gulf which is covered over by this general, almost evasive, phrase: all righteousness or every form of it. Then he *permitted Him. Commentary on Matthew 5:3-12 (Read Matthew … Matthew 3:15 - KJV - And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to... Study verse in the King James Version (3.) Lukewarmness or indifference in religion is the worst temper in the world. {l} "the law" Matthew 3:15 {m} "the prophets" Isaiah 42:21. Matthew used it to describe conformity to God"s will, ethical righteousness. Matthew 18:17 where the Jewish ecclesia is meant. Matthew's Gospel would thus at once both show the effect and be the cause of the preference for the longer form in liturgical use. Consequently it was appropriate for Jesus to undergo John"s baptism, and John consented to baptize Him. Test drive it and tell us about your experience. Matthew 1:1; Matthew 1:2; Matthew 1:3; Matthew 1:4; Matthew … Matthew 7 - The Sermon on the Mount (Continued) A. 2 Samuel 3:20 - Then Abner and twenty men with him came to David at Hebron. "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Old Testament (I. Christ as Fulfilment of). Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? That spirit of submissiveness to God"s will is primarily what John"s baptism identified in those who submitted to it. Then he suffered him — He that sins through ignorance, will correct his error upon better information. The Lord of the Harvest It's Harvest Time Matthew 9:35-38; 9. But he was about to enter on his great work. The word and the thought are the same as those of Hebrews 2:10. But Jesus answering said to him, "Permit it at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness." (4.) I therefore offer myself to be baptized, that I may show my readiness to obey all God’s righteous precepts, and to justify God and approve his counsel, Luke 7:29-30, and celebrate his wisdom in sending thee to prepare his and my way, by calling men to repentance, and in that way fitting them for the blessings of my kingdom. Matthew 3:5. 3. In Matthew a righteous person is one who lives in harmony with the will of God (cf. By this He would be fulfilling all that the prophets had spoken, for by taking on Himself as Israel’s representative the symbol of God’s future working, He would be demonstrating that He was here to fulfil all righteousness in terms of the prophetic pronouncements and purposes of God concerning Him. on StudyLight.org Theft is the taking and carrying away the goods of others without their knowledge or consent. Jesus had no sin. And God owned his ordinance so as to make it the season of pouring forth the Holy Spirit upon him. The grateful return Solomon made for the visit God was pleased to pay him, 1 Kings 3:15. The following passage, quoted from Justin Martyr, will doubtless appear a strong vindication of this translation. Undoubtedly: it was the initiatory ordinance of the Baptist's dispensation. Matthew 3. For God said, Honor thy father and thy mother: and, He that speaketh evil of father or mother, let him die the death. Jesus qualified in every respect. Thus Jesus transversed the Jordan and then, like Israel, spent a period of time in the wilderness. to be baptized in water by him, as he had requested, and accordingly did administer it to him. And where can we expect this sacred effusion, but in an humble attendance on divine appointments? The Septuagint use this word often for the Hebrew משפת mishpat, judgment, appointment. on StudyLight.org The Forgiveness of Sins Matthew 9:1-8; 7. I. Leviticus 8:6). Cometh, as in Matthew 3:1, a coming forth into public view. Matthew 3:14 - But John tried to prevent Him, saying, 'I have need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?' I’ll be honest with you; w… It is becoming my mission to submit to humilities; it becomes your office to recognize my submission. Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise) About Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise). From the earliest times, Genesis 3:15 has been called the proto-evangelium because it is the first note of Gods redemptive intention following the fall in the garden of Eden. We see from the text how faithfully Jesus observed the forms and duties of religion. ; in so far as the fulfilment to be given in such measure to this law is impossible to moral conceit. Commentary on Matthew 5:1,2 (Read Matthew 5:1,2) None will find happiness in this world or the next, who do not seek it from Christ by the rule of his word. All righteousness - There was no particular precept in the Old Testament requiring this, but he chose to give the sanction of his example to the baptism of John, as to a divine ordinance. He obeyed the Jewish Law, and must also obey the Divine rite that John administered. Old Testament (Ii. Matthew 15:3 - And He answered and said to them, 'Why do you yourselves transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition? Matthew 3:15; Matthew 5:6; Matthew 5:10; Matthew 5:20; Matthew 6:33." But while he had no sins to confess he did have a duty to "perform," and by so doing he could maintain his "integrity." Then he suffered him - In the Opus Imperfectum, quoted by Griesbach, there is the following addition, which, at least, may serve to show the opinion of its author: Et Johannes quidem baptizauit ilium in aqua, ille autem Johannem cum Spiritu. Even He had to pass through the normal stages of growth, and so an outward ordinance was even for Him the appointed way to the fulness of spiritual power. Verse 4. Suffereth him. Note the Holy Spirit in Matthew 3:16. How remarkable are the following words of Creeshna (an Incarnation of the Supreme God, according to the Hindoo theology) related in the Bhagvat Geeta, p. 47. John agreed to baptize Jesus only after Jesus convinced him that by baptizing Him both of them would "fulfill all righteousness." When Adam and Eve failed to obey the terms of the covenant of works (Gen. 3:6), God did not destroy them (which would have served justice), but instead revealed His covenant of grace to them by promising a Savior (Gen. 3:15), one who would restor… Nothing invests the ordinary means of grace with such importance as to see our Lord, like one of ourselves, observing them. Addressing his disciple Arjoon, he says, "I myself, Arjoon, have not, in the three regions of the universe, any thing which is necessary for me to perform; nor any thing to obtain, which is not obtained; and yet I live in the exercise of the moral duties. Matthew"s use of this word is different from Paul"s. Paul used it mainly to describe a right standing before God, positional righteousness. THE LIFE OF JESUS AS COVERED BY MATTHEW (shaded area) Click chart to enlarge. Now, as Christ had submitted to circumcision, which was the initiatory ordinance of the Mosaic dispensation, it was necessary that he should submit to this, which was instituted by no less an authority, and was the introduction to his own dispensation of eternal mercy and truth. More than ‘he baptized him’; Jesus was really the active person, since the rite was administered at His command and by His authority. Matthew 3 At the start of this chapter, concerning the baptism of John, begins the gospel (); what went before is but preface or introduction; this is "the beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ. that the penal liabilities of humanity might be imputed to him. But we incline to think that our Lord meant more than this. To meet every legal and official requirement. From Galilee, from His home in Nazareth, a long distance. The requirements of the law, regarded as including all that is right. To the second question it is replied, that, however superior our Lord was, . Nothing invests the ordinary means of grace with such importance as to see our Lord, like one of ourselves, observing them. Matthew reviewed David"s genealogy and extended it to Jesus. John did not understand that love is the fulfilling of the law. Surely thus it becometh all his followers to fulfil all righteousness. When this explanation was made to John lie promptly performed the baptism and thus cooperated in the act that Jesus said would be fitting or becoming. Matthew 2:5 - They said to him, 'In Bethlehem of Judea; for this is what has been written by the prophet: on StudyLight.org Then he suffered him. MATTHEW 1 . Matthew 3 At the start of this chapter, concerning the baptism of John, begins the gospel (); what went before is but preface or introduction; this is "the beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He awoke, we may suppose in a transport of joy, awoke, and his sleep was sweet to him, as the prophet speaks (Jeremiah 31:26); being satisfied of God's favour, he was satisfied with it, and he began to think what he should render to the Lord. 30 “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. It is enough to mention without discussion the opinions that πνεύματι refers ( a ) to the Holy Spirit, or ( b ) to the Divine Personality of Christ. Jesus understood that it was God"s will for John to baptize Him. John would, however, grasp it soon enough once he had witnessed what happened at Jesus’ baptism (John 1:29). It becometh us. [Note: Craig A. Blaising, "The Fulfillment of the Biblical Covenants," in Progressive Dispensationalism, p195.]. Originally written in 1706, Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary provides a condensed look at nearly every verse in the Bible. Thus it becometh us - It is suitable and proper. The Lord Jesus teaches that we must do all the real kindness we can to all, especially to their souls. Jesus, another Moses, on whom the Spirit had been placed ( Isaiah 63:10-14), would lead the way." Had the remission of sins been the only result to be accomplished by baptism, Jesus would not have come to John at all for it because he had no sins to be remitted. Suffer it to be so now — In this my state of humiliation: For thus — By this appearance in the form of a sinner, and stooping to thee, my inferior; it becomes us — Me, and my disciples according to my example, to fulfil all righteousness — To do whatsoever is just, fit, and requisite in our circumstances. τ. ν. τ. Then he suffered him. ибо так надлежит нам исполнить всякую правду. 15. Hence it was necessary for John to be informed of the reason why Jesus made the request. The codensed one-volume classic commentary. This is an Hebrew way of speaking, often used in the Old Testament, and answers to ויאמר יען; see Job 3:1. “Our Lord’s baptism tended,” says Dr. Macknight, “to promote the ends both of his own mission and of his forerunner’s, as it established the authority of both. on StudyLight.org How many of us really find the genealogies of the Bible “useful” or “profitable”? All that God requires. Tons more resources, better tools, NIV84 and easier navigation. He could command, he only requests. MATTHEW: JESUS AND HIS PROMISED KINGDOM. Hereafter, John should be the receiver and not the giver, but as yet there was a fitness in each retaining his position (the words “it becometh us” seem to refer to both, not to the speaker only). Be baptized and of baptism seems to be radically the same as those of Hebrews 2:10 and he John. Knowledge or consent Lord: hence the word and the men who were with him came to David Hebron. Subjects. it established John ’ s mission, great honour being done him by (... 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