Matthew Commentaries & Sermons

 

MATTHEW: JESUS AND HIS PROMISED KINGDOM


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THE LIFE OF JESUS AS COVERED
BY MATTHEW (shaded area)


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SERMON ON THE MOUNT
COMMENTARY
Verse by Verse notes On Site
Bruce Hurt, MD

MATTHEW 5

MATTHEW 6

MATTHEW 7

Inductive Study Notes

MATTHEW 24 COMMENTARY
Bruce Hurt, MD

HENRY ALFORD
(1810-1871)
The New Testament for English Readers
Matthew Commentary

Read his fascinating brief biography - Henry Alford and Phil Johnson's related comments/p>

Comment by Alford on Mt 24:21 describing the "Great Tribulation" showing that he is at least in part "futuristic": "Our Lord still has in view the prophecy of Daniel (Da 12:1), and this citation clearly shews the intermediate fulfilment, by the destruction of Jerusalem, of that which is yet future in its final fulfilment: for Daniel is speaking of the end of all things. Then only will these words be accomplished in their full sense."

James Rosscup writes that Alford's series on the New Testament "contains much that is valuable in the Greek New Testament… though all of the Greek New Testament words have been changed to English throughout." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works)

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (see his comments in following entry on Alford).

Editorial Note: If you are not proficient in Greek, you will find this work considerably more useful than the following work by Alford, because in this volume he translates the Greek and Latin into English. While the "The Greek New Testament" is longer (e.g., English version of 1John = 66 pages compared to Greek version = 94 pages in part because the latter includes comments of more technical nature), the substance of the commentary is otherwise similar to that found in the "NT for English Readers".

HENRY ALFORD
The Greek New Testament
Matthew Commentary

Interprets Mt 24:15 as fulfilled in 70AD.

James Rosscup writes that "This was the great work in the life of the versatile Dean of Canterbury. An outcome of this production was the New Testament for English Readers (4 vols.). Alford was a Calvinist, conservative and premillennial, though not dispensational. He takes a literal interpretation of the thousand years in Rev. 20 and has a famous quote there, is strong on sovereign election as in Ro 8:29, 30 and 1Pe 1:2, but, unfortunately, holds to baptismal regeneration in such texts as Titus 3:5 and John 3:5. He shows a great knowledge of the Greek text and faces problems of both a doctrinal and textual nature." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works)

John Piper writes ""When I’m stumped with a… grammatical or syntactical or logical [question] in Paul, I go to Henry Alford. Henry Alford… comes closer more consistently than any other human commentator to asking my kinds of questions."

Charles Haddon Spurgeon writes that this text "is an invaluable aid to the critical study of the text of the New Testament. You will find in it the ripened results of a matured scholarship, the harvesting of a judgment, generally highly impartial, always worthy of respect, which has gleaned from the most important fields of Biblical research, both modern and ancient, at home and abroad. You will not look here for any spirituality of thought or tenderness of feeling; you will find the learned Dean does not forget to do full justice to his own views, and is quite able to express himself vigorously against his opponents; but for what it professes to be, it is an exceedingly able and successful work. The later issues are by far the most desirable, as the author has considerably revised the work in the fourth edition. What I have said of his Greek Testament applies equally to Alford’s New Testament for English Readers,* which is also a standard work." (Lectures to my Students, Vol. 4: Commenting and Commentaries; Lectures Addressed to the students of the Pastors' College, Metropolitan Tabernacle)

GREG ALLEN
Bethany Bible
Sermon Notes on Matthew
Literalist Interpretation

JACK ARNOLD
Messages on Matthew
Futuristic

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WILLIAM BARCLAY
Commentary on Matthew
Critique

BRIAN BELL
Sermons on Matthew
Calvary Murrietta

CHIP BELL
Sermon on the Mount

CHRIS BENFIELD
"Pulpit Pages"

NEW TESTAMENT OUTLINES - each 4-5 pages

SERMONS

JOHANN A BENGEL
Commentary Notes on Matthew
The "Gnomon of the New Testament" (1877)

Note: If not proficient in Greek, see Critical English Testament below.
Not Futuristic on Mt 24

James Rosscup writes "This work (Gnomon), originally issued in 1742, has considerable comment on the Greek, flavoring the effort with judicious details about the spiritual life. It has much that helps… " (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works)

JOHANN BENGEL
The Critical English Testament
Commentary on Matthew

Represents Combination of Bengel's Gnomon (above) and Comments
by more modern expositors (in brackets) to make this more usable for those who do not read Greek.
Interprets Mt 24:15 as fulfilled in 70AD.

C H Spurgeon -- "'A Critical New Testament, so compiled as to enable a reader, unacquainted with Greek, to ascertain the exact English force and meaning of the language of the New Testament, and to appreciate the latest results of modern criticism.' Such is the professed aim of this commentary, and the compilers have very fairly carried out their intentions. The whole of Bengel’s Gnomon is bodily transferred into the work, and as one hundred and twenty years have elapsed since the first issue of that book, it may be supposed that much has since been added to the wealth of Scripture exposition; the substance of this has been incorporated in brackets, so as to bring it down to the present advanced state of knowledge. We strongly advise the purchase of this book, as it is multum in parvo, and will well repay an attentive perusal. Tischendorf and Alford have contributed largely, with other German and English critics, to make this one of the most lucid and concise commentaries on the text and teachings of the New Testament" (Ibid)

BIBLICAL ILLUSTRATOR
Multiple Resources on Matthew

720 Pages Packed with Material from Various Authors

BRIAN BILL
Sermons on Matthew

JOHN BROADUS
Commentary on Matthew
Interprets Mt 24:15 as fulfilled in 70AD.

James Rosscup writes that "In many ways it is the finest and most satisfying overall older commentary on Matthew. It helps the student on almost every verse. Broadus deals frontally with problems and gives much rich material that throws light on the text. His citations from other sources are often very helpful. From the standpoint of the Greek text, he is also sound. This 1886 work, long a part of the American Commentary on the New Testament series, is still one of the best in detailed explanation of the text where it counts." (Ibid)

Rosscup rates this as the #2 best detailed exegetical commentary on Matthew.

JOHN CALVIN
Commentary

Note: Calvin interprets Mt 24:15, 21 ;as fulfilled in 70AD - literal reading of the passage strongly argues against his interpretation. Be a Berean especially with older commentators such as Calvin, Henry, Jamieson (JFB is one of the best older works), Gill.

ALAN CARR
Sermons on Matthew
Well Done

RICH CATHERS
Sermons on Matthew
Fullerton Calvary Chapel

OSWALD CHAMBERS
My Utmost for His Highest
Devotionals related to Matthew

KNOX CHAMBLIN
Matthew Commentary

THOMAS CONSTABLE
Commentary on Matthew
Futuristic

W A CRISWELL
Sermons on Matthew

BOB DEFFINBAUGH
Studies in the Gospel of Matthew

J LIGON DUNCAN
Sermons on Matthew

EXPLORE THE BIBLE
Matthew

Sunday School Helps from Founders Ministries

EXPOSITOR'S GREEK TESTAMENT
Matthew Commentary
A B Bruce
Interprets Mt 24:15 as fulfilled in 70AD.

DAVID GUZIK
Matthew Commentary Notes
Futuristic

DAVID HOLWICK
Sermons on Matthew
Frequent Illustrations

JAMES HASTINGS
Matthew - Great Texts of the Bible
472 pages

INTERVARSITY PRESS
Matthew Commentary
Craig Keener
Not Futuristic on Matthew 24-25

Comment: Keener is an outstanding exegete. His commentary is distinctive in its emphasis on the social-historical context of the Gospel. It also contains a very useful 150 page bibliography of secondary resources on the Gospel of Matthew. (Ligonier)

Click for Another Critique on Keener's commentary on Matthew

Tim Challies: Keener’s work receives high recommendations and significant warnings about the limits of its usefulness. It may also be going out of print since it is not available at Westminster Books and is currently available only from Amazon resellers. This is the kind of commentary I tend to avoid since I don’t consider myself sufficiently schooled to confidently sort through the weaknesses. However, most experts do recommend it with certain caveats. (Challies.com)

S LEWIS JOHNSON
Expository Sermon Notes on Matthew

Futuristic on Matthew 24-25
Functions like a Commentary

HAMPTON KEATHLEY IV
Commentary Notes on Matthew

KEITH KRELL
Sermon on the Mount
Counter-Cultural Christianity

John Lightfoot
Commentary on Matthew

J VERNON MCGEE
Matthew Commentary
Thru the Bible - Mp3's Only
Literal on Matthew 24-25

JOHN MACARTHUR
Matthew Sermons
Verse By Verse Exposition

Futuristic on Matthew 24-25
These function much like a commentary
Recommended

Alexander Maclaren
Sermons on Matthew

F B Meyer
Matthew Devotionals
Our Daily Homily, Our Daily Walk (ODW)
and Select Sermons

MISCELLANEOUS RESOURCES

Note: Be a Berean especially with older commentators like John Calvin, Adam Clarke, Matthew Henry, Jamieson & Fausset & Brown [generally one of the best, most literal of the "older" commentaries!], John Gill. They often do not interpret the prophetic passages such as Matthew 13, 24, 25 from a literal, futuristic perspective (See also note below on "Best Commentaries). I would recommend notes by John MacArthur, Dave Guzik, Ray Stedman and John Walvoord (to name just a few) for an alternative interpretation of the prophetic passages in Matthew 13, 24,25 as yet future not as fulfilled in the past.

Best Commentaries

Caveat Emptor! (Caveat emptor) Virtually all of the top rated commentaries in the preceding two lists of "Best" commentaries interpret the Abomination of Desolation in Mt 24:15+ as the Roman Army (See Why the Abomination of desolation is Not the Roman Army), indicating that these lists have a distinctly non-futuristic bias! To wit, neither of these lists even give honorable mention to one of the best expositional commentaries ever published on the Gospel of Matthew, the four volume series by Dr John MacArthur. Therefore in interest of fairness, below is Dr Jim Rosscup's critique of Dr MacArthur's work:

MacArthur, John, Jr. Matthew. 4 volumes (You might also want to click the following link to see how many "Stars" 30 random reviewers give to The MacArthur New Testament Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew) - Conservative, premillennial exposition which often deals in some detail with problem verses and shows the vital lessons of Jesus’ teachings in a very readable manner. The author often explains customs, gives views and reasons. In Matthew 13, he sees the fourth soil only as representing a genuinely saved person, and the leaven in a good sense. In Matthew 24, he views verses 15ff. as related to tribulation and Second Advent, not A. D. 70, the one taken as removed in judgment and the one left as preserved on earth safely to enter the earthly kingdom promised in Old Testament prophecy. (Commentaries For Biblical Expositors- Dr. Jim Rosscup - highly recommended)

See critiques on the top commentaries as rated by Challies and Mathison above. The critiques below deal primarily with how each author interprets Matthew 24:15:

MATTHEW ALLEN

BAKER'S DICTIONARY

MARK BAILEY

BIBLE.ORG PAGE

BOB DEFFINBAUGH

GORDON.EDU

W. HALL HARRIS III

HYMNS

ILLUSTRATIONS AT BIBLE.ORG

JOHN MACARTHUR

DAVID MALICK

F B MEYER

MIDDLETON BIBLE

J R MILLER

OUR DAILY BREAD

WIL POUNDS

PETER SMITH - very nice detailed chart

  • Chronology & Synopsis of the Passion Week

DANIEL S. STEFFEN

JAMES VAN DINE

DANIEL B. WALLACE

HENRY MORRIS

CROSSWAY PUBLISHING

HOLMAN PUBLISHING

REFORMATION STUDY BIBLE

THE THEOLOGICAL ARTICLES IN THE TWO COLLECTIONS BELOW ARE ONLINE:

SERMONS AND ARTICLES ON MATTHEW
Caveat: Not all of the resources below interpret the text literally

GREGG ALLEN

DAVID ANDERSON

MICHAEL ANDRUS - these download as a pdf

BILL BALDWIN

HORATIUS BONAR - 122 pages on one Pdf

CHIP BELL

KENT BERGHUIS

CRAIG BLOMBERG

THOMAS BOSTON

BRITTANY BURNETTE - 8 part study

IMANUEL CHRISTIAN

STEVEN COLE

LENNY CORRELL

DAVID CRUMP

RON DANIEL

JAMES DAVIS

DAN DUNCAN

JONATHAN EDWARDS

DON FORTNER

FUNERAL MESSAGE

BRUCE GOETTSCHE

DOUG GOINS

GOSPEL COALITION

SCOTT GRANT

DANNY HALL

GREG HERRICK

DAVID HOCKING

BARRY HORNER

JOHN HENRY JOWETT

J HAMPTON KEATHLEY III

STEVE KRELOFF

BILL LAWRENCE 

DAVID LEGGE

MARTIN LLOYD-JONES

WILLIAM LUCK

- from 21 part series on Divorce and Re-Marriage

MARTIN LUTHER

C K MACKINTOSH

ROD MATTOON

COLIN MCDOUGALL

MONERGISM

G CAMPBELL MORGAN

ANDREW MURRAY

TOMMY NELSON

JOHN OWEN

JONATHAN PENNINGTON

WIL POUNDS

ROBERT RAYBURN

RON RITCHIE

DON ROBINSON

J C RYLE

JOHNNY SANDERS

STEVE SANCHEZ

SERMON CENTRAL

JOHN STEVENSON

RICHARD STRAUSS

CHARLES SIMEON

DANIEL S. STEFFEN

PAUL TAYLOR

DEREK THOMAS

DANIEL B. WALLACE

JOHN WESLEY

GEORGE WHITEFIELD

TOM WRIGHT

COMMENTARIES ON MATTHEW
Most of these are not futuristic

ALBERT BARNES

HORATIUS BONAR

JOHN CALVIN

ARTHUR CARR (1883) Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

ADAM CLARKE

JOHN DUMMELOW

EARLY CHURCH FATHERS

CHARLES ELLICOTT (editor) - Edward H Plumptre - author of Matthew

A C GAEBELEIN

EXPOSITOR'S BIBLE - J M Gibson

TONY GARLAND

JOHN GILL

L M GRANT

ROBERT HAWKER

MATTHEW HENRY

F B HOLE

HOMILETICS - from Pulpit Commentary

H A IRONSIDE

JAMIESON, FAUSSET, BROWN

WILLIAM KELLY

STEVE KRELOFF

PAUL KRETZMANN

LANGE COMMENTARY

H L MANSEL

HEINRICH A W MEYER (1884)

F B MEYER - Devotional Commentary

MIDDLETON BIBLE

G CAMPBELL MORGAN

NISBET'S CHURCH PULPIT COMMENTARY

A W PINK

C H SPURGEON

A T ROBERTSON (1911) Not futuristic

TODAY IN THE WORD DEVOTIONAL - Moody Bible Institute

PETER PETT

SERMON BIBLE COMMENTARY

PHILLIP SCHAFF

CHARLES SIMEON

JOSEPH SUTCLIFFE

JOHN TRAPP

BOB UTLEY

DANIEL WHEDON

OCTAVIUS WINSLOW

G CAMPBELL MORGAN
Gospel According to Matthew
Matthew Commentary

Not futuristic on Mt 24:15-28

ROBERT MORGAN
Sermons on Matthew
Donelson Fellowship

Futuristic with frequent illustrations

ROBERT NEIGHBOUR
Living Water Commentary
Matthew Commentary

NET BIBLE NOTES
Matthew Commentary

Futuristic. NETBible notes are in the right panel. You can also select the tab for Constable's Notes.

PHIL NEWTON
Matthew Sermons
Scroll Down for Sermon Text
Futuristic

JOSEPH PARKER
The People's Bible
Commentary on the Book of Matthew

This Index compiles 3 separate printed volumes of over 1000 pages!
Another source allows copy and paste but is missing a number of the entries listed below (Matthew at Biblehub.com)  

PASTOR LIFE
Sermons on Matthew
>160 transcripts

PREACHER'S HOMILETICAL COMMENTARY
ON Matthew

Not Futuristic

JOHN PIPER
Sermons on Matthew

PULPIT COMMENTARY
The Gospel of Matthew
Interpretation of Mt 24 Not Futuristic

Not Futuristic

Hint: The links below also include homilies indexed above, but you must scroll down page

RAY PRITCHARD
Matthew Sermons
Well done, Futuristic

GRANT RICHISON
Verse by Verse Commentary on Matthew
Futuristic

A. T. ROBERTSON
Word Pictures
Greek Word Studies
Not Futuristic

ALLEN ROSS (bio)
An Exposition of the Gospel of Matthew
Futuristic

GIL RUGH
Sermons and Booklets
Gospel of Matthew

BOOKLETS:

SERMONS:

J C RYLE
Expository Thoughts on the Gospel of Matthew
Not Futuristic
Classic work - old but pithy and practical!

ROB SALVATO
Sermons on Matthew
Calvary Vista

CHUCK SMITH
Sermon Notes on Matthew

C. H. SPURGEON
All His Sermons on Matthew

See Also Spurgeon's 500 Page Commentary on Matthew

C H SPURGEON
Matthew Devotionals
Morning and Evening
Faith's Checkbook

C H SPURGEON
A POPULAR EXPOSITION TO THE GOSPEL
ACCORDING TO MATTHEW

Not Futuristic on Mt 24-25
See Commentary on Matthew in Pdf

SPURGEON'S EXPOSITIONS
ON Matthew Commentary

NOTE: This is a different set of expository notes

RAY STEDMAN
Expository Messages
Futuristic

Matthew 24-25

MARVIN VINCENT
New Testament Word Studies

JOHN WALVOORD
Matthew Commentary
Thy Kingdom Come
Futuristic

JOHN WALVOORD
Christ's Olivet Discourse on the End of the Age
Futuristic

THOMAS WATSON
Beatitudes and Lord's Prayer
Pithy Puritan Writer, 1692

OCTAVIUS WINSLOW
The Lord's Prayer

STEVE ZEISLER
Sermons on Matthew
Futuristic

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DISCLAIMER: Before you "go to the commentaries" go to the Scriptures and study them inductively (Click 3 part overview of how to do Inductive Bible Study) in dependence on your Teacher, the Holy Spirit, Who Jesus promised would guide us into all the truth (John 16:13). Remember that Scripture is always the best commentary on Scripture. Any commentary, even those by the most conservative and orthodox teacher/preachers cannot help but have at least some bias of the expositor based upon his training and experience. Therefore the inclusion of specific links does not indicate that we agree with every comment. We have made a sincere effort to select only the most conservative, "bibliocentric" commentaries. Should you discover some commentary or sermon you feel may not be orthodox, please email your concern. I have removed several links in response to concerns by discerning readers. I recommend that your priority be a steady intake of solid Biblical food so that with practice you will have your spiritual senses trained to discern good from evil (Heb 5:14-note).