NTB-1-MATT-6 - Matthew: The Life & Teaching of the King (pt 2)
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“Matthew: Lesson 6”
Introduction by narrator accompanied by a cappella singing:
THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST. Spreading the soul-saving message of Jesus. And now,
“At the mount of transfiguration a voice came out of the cloud from
heaven saying, ‘This is My beloved Son in whom I'm well pleased. Hear
Him,’” Matthew 17:1-8.
We welcome you today to our study of the life and teaching of Jesus
Today we're studying Matthew chapter 16 through 20. We encourage
you if you haven't got your Bible handy, locate that Bible and be ready to
study together with us as we're going to be thinking about the life and
teaching of Jesus the King of Kings and Lord of lords in the gospel of
As Matthew opens in Matthew chapter 16, we hear about the words
of Jesus concerning building His church. I understand there a lot of ideas
that folks have about the church. There are ideas that it doesn't matter
what church you go to. There are ideas that any church is okay whoever's
names on the church- that's okay as long as you love God everything's
I want to challenge you today to think about what Jesus actually says
in the word of God about the church.
Let's read this text together. Matthew 16:13-18 the Bible records,
“When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi He asked His
disciples saying ‘Who do men say I the Son of Man say I am?’ So they
said, ‘Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, others Jeremiah, or one the
prophets.’ He said to them, ‘Who do you say that I am?’ Simon Peter
answered and said, ‘You are the Christ the Son of the living God.’ Jesus
answered and said to him, ‘Blessed are you Simon son of Jonah for flesh
and blood has not revealed this to you but My Father who is in heaven. And
I say to you that you are Peter. And on this rock I will build My church and
the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.’”
Jesus is curious. ‘Who do people say I am?’ What a great
complement to John the Baptist, Elijah, and Jeremiah. But it wasn't true! He
said to His disciples, ‘Who do you say I am?’ Peter spoke up and said, ‘We
know who you are. You're the Christ. You're the Son of the living God.’ And
Jesus says, ‘You're right Peter and flesh and blood's not revealed it to you,
but God Himself.’ He said, ‘And I say to you, you are Peter. On this rock I
will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.’ Now
there's a little confusion sometimes as to what the rock is there, and we
want to make clear about this. Peter the word ‘Cephas’ represents a small
stone or a pebble.
The rock that Jesus is speaking of here is not a small stone or a
pebble, but it's a solid foundation. Peter wasn't that Peter sometimes said
things and did things that he shouldn't have done. He denied the Lord later,
so he's not that solid foundation that the church is built on.
What is that bedrock, solid foundation? It's his statement ‘You are the
Christ the Son of the living God.’ That's with the church is built on- not on
Peter. The fact that Matthew is all about this truth, Christ is Jesus is the
Christ. He is the Messiah. He is the Son of God.
Now listen carefully on that monumental foundational truth, Jesus
said to Peter “I will build My church on this rock. I will build My church, and
the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
Friend let's ask a few questions about Jesus statement here. How
many rocks did Jesus say He'd build His church on? Look at Matthew
16:18 again, “Upon this rock,” singular. What is that rock? We've already
noticed it's the foundational statement- Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of
God, and so one foundation- Christ being Jesus, being the Messiah, and
the Son of God.
Now a second question, how many churches did Jesus promised to
build? Did Jesus say to Peter, ‘On this rock I will build My churches?’ Not
what He said! ‘On this rock I will build My church,’ singular. Don't miss the
import of what Jesus said there. It was never God's will to build the
God didn't build a multiplicity of denominations that exists today.
They're contrary to His will. 1 Corinthians 1:10-13, God doesn't want
division and denominationalism in men's names to exist.
Now let me ask another question, third question from this text: Whose
church did Jesus promised to build? Remember there's only one rock.
Jesus only built one church. Whose is it? Listen to Jesus statement again,
“On this rock I will build My church.”
Whose church is it? Listen to Acts 20: 28. The Bible says, “Jesus
purchased the church with His own blood.” You know it helps us to
understand whose church is, not only by the fact that Jesus said “It's mine,
and I will build it,” personal pronouns there of ownership- but to realize He
had paid the price for it. Whose blood was shed for the church? Jesus’
When Jesus went up to Calvary, when He suffered on Golgotha, when He
freely gave His blood for mankind, He purchased the called out people the
church. It's His.
‘I will build My church.’ It belongs to Christ; therefore it ought to wear
His name. It ought to give honor to Him. It ought to bring glory to the name
of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Here's what you don't find, friend we say this as kindly as lovingly as
we know how, but you don't find the multiplicity of denominations in your
Bible. You don't find Baptist. You don't find Methodist. You don't find
Presbyterian. You don't find Catholic. You don't find that in the Bible.
Those names of various religious groups may give honor to the other
things, but friend the Bible already identified who the church belongs to. “I'll
build My church.”
You know something's ‘yours’ you don't have a hard time
understanding that you own. A car- your name's on the title of that car
right? You own a home- your name's on the title of that home. Are you
going to let your neighbor on either side of you come over and put his
name on the title? Course not! You worked for it. You paid the price. It was
your blood, sweat, and tears. That's so practical, and yet it's so practical to
the lesson about the church the church belongs to Christ. There's only one,
and it needs to wear and carry His name.
Not only does Jesus in Matthew 16 teach us about the power and the
name of His church in a singularity of it, but we also learn such a practical
lesson about what's really important in this life. Listen to the questions of
Jesus in Matthew 16:26.
The Lord asked these questions, “For what profit is it to a man if he
gains the whole world and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in
exchange for his soul?” Jesus is here emphasizing in a very dramatic way
nothing is more important than my soul and yours. Don't underestimate the
value of your soul. God created man in His own image. God breathed into
man the breath of life, and man became a living soul- Genesis 2:7. I have a
soul. You have a soul. This body 70 maybe 80 years if we're lucky, and it's
going to perish and return to the dust- not the soul.
Ecclesiastes says the soul will return the spirit, and the soul return to
God who gave it. My soul is the most important possession I. You could
gather all the gold in the world, all the diamonds, all the money, all the
wealth and it would pale in comparison to your soul. If that's the case, listen
to what Jesus said in Matthew 16:26, “What will it profit a man if he gains
the whole world and loses his own soul?”
If you can amass the wealth of the richest people in all the way, if you
could have the wealth of Solomon, and you had that but then you died and
went to hell- what would all that have been for? Nothing!
In fact we learn about a man who learned that the hard way, Luke
15:15-21. There's a man there who had a great crop year. He began to talk
to himself ‘You've got many goods laid up for many years and tear down
your barns built greater barns. Take it easy. Eat, drink, and be merry.’ He
thought he had everything. One thing he left out. Jesus said, “You fool this
night will your soul be required of you.”
Think about the second question. “Or what will it profit a man he
gains the whole world and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in
exchange for his soul?”
On the Day of Judgment let's say you have amassed an
unimaginable amount of wealth, but on the Day of Judgment are you going
to exchange that for your soul? Are you going to say to God ‘you know I
may not have lived for you, may not have lived right- hey I've got of got
boatloads of gold. I got boatloads of silver.’ To the God who created all that
what does that matter? You can't exchange anything for your soul. So
here's the lesson: Don't let anything get in the way of your soul coming first
in this life. That's what Jesus is trying to teach us.
We want to really drive this home of everything you possess; to the
Lord nothing is more valuable than your soul. And if our time, our attention,
and our focus is distracted from making sure our soul is our top priority,
friend listen carefully, you may gain some things but in the end you'll lose it
Can you imagine? I want you to think about this, can you imagine if
you are successful, if you're wealthy, and you are popular and you went to
hell? What are you going to say down there? Are you going to say ‘Hey I
lived it up.’? No! You're not going to say that. There's going to be torment.
There is going to be anguish, and there's going be pain. To be the
wealthiest, most popular, and most successful person in hell will mean
Make sure that your soul is right with God. That's what Jesus is trying
to illustrate in this context.
Now we turn our attention then to Matthew 17 and the Mount of
Transfiguration about verses 1 through 8. Jesus takes Peter, James, and
John up on that high mountain. He is there transfigured before them. His
clothes become begin to shine white as no launderer could make 'em the.
He takes on new form, a bright form we can say. Something amazing
happens! Moses and Elijah appear with Him, talking to Him, and so Peter
as is usually the case speaks up. He's afraid. He doesn't know what to say.
church to fill a pew. God's not looking for pew potatoes. That's not what the
church is all about. You've not been called to fill a seat on Sunday morning
and Sunday night and Wednesday night. We have been called be workers
in the vineyard of the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:58, “Be steadfast immovable
always abounding in the work of the Lord knowing that your labor is not in
vain.” And along with working Jesus said in John 15, “Every branch that
does not produce fruit is cut off and thrown into the fire.”
We need to make sure we're producing fruit that we grow in the fruit
of the spirit, Galatians 5:19-25, that we try to bring others to God and
Christ, that we spread the gospel, that we live a good Christian life every
day, and that we strive to do those things that please our Father.
As we think about this section of Matthew 16 through 20, it has
dramatically emphasized the Lord's church. It has shown us the value of
the soul. It has clearly pictured the church as a place where we bring honor
and glory to God and that the greatest of all commandments is to love God
and love your fellow man.
We ask you to consider today, are you a Christian? Are you a
follower of Jesus Christ? If Jesus is King of Kings and Lord of lords, He
requires my devotion and commitment, and He requires yours. Have you
obeyed the gospel?
If not, we urge you to today. Are you willing to hear the word of God?
“Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God,” Romans 10:17.
Having heard that message, examine the evidence seen it to be true would
you believe in Jesus? Jesus said in John 8:24 “Unless you believe that I'm
He you'll surely die in your sins.” Having believed in Jesus, would you be
willing to repent of sin? Acts 3:19 Peter preached “Repent and turn again
that your sins may be blotted out.”
Would you confess Jesus as the Son of God? Matthew 10:32-33.
Would you do what Jesus said to be saved? Mark 16:16 here's what the
Lord said in your Bible and in mine the Scripture says, “He that believes
and is baptized will be saved. He that does not believe shall be
If you've never obeyed the gospel, your soul is so important.
We beg you today; obey the gospel of Christ while we have time and
while we have opportunity.
Study Questions for: “Matthew: Lesson 6”
1. In Matthew 17:1-8, what did the voice say about Jesus?
2. What does Jesus say will not prevail against His church in Matthew
3. According to Matthew 16:13-18, how many churches did Jesus say He’d
4. According to 1 Corinthians 1:10-13, God doesn’t want what?
5. Whose church is it according to Matthew 16:13-18?
6. According to Acts 20:28, how did Jesus purchase the church?
7. What does Matthew 16:26 question show us is most important in life?
8. What does Matthew 18:1 say about who is the greatest in the Kingdom
9. What is the only biblical reason for divorce according to Matthew 19:9?
10. What is the church compared to in Matthew 2:1-16?