General Outlines of the Spiritual Lessons of the Book
The Name of the Lord Jesus in the Book
1. The Son of Abraham (1:1)------He inherits the promise.
2. The Son of David (1:1, 12:23)------He is the king of kingdom.
3. Jesus Christ (1:1)------He humbled Himself first and then was exalted.
4. Christ (1:16)------He is anointed by the Holy Spirit.
5. Jesus (1:21)------He is God who came to be men’s savior (or salvation).
6. Immanuel (1:23)------God with us.
7. King of the Jews (2:2; 27:29, 37)------He is king of God’s people.
8. God’s beloved Son (3:17; 17:5)------in Him God is well pleased.
9. The Son of God (4:3, 6; 8:29; 27:54)------He is the manifestation of God.
10. A great light (4:16)------He is the brightness of God’s glory (Heb. 1:3).
11. Lord (8:2, 25)------He is the lord of all.
12. A physician (9:12)------He is the physician of men’s spirit, soul and body.
13. The bridegroom (9:15; 25:1)------He is the everlastingly fresh dependence and joy.
14. The Son of Man (11:19; 12:8, 40)------He is the word that became flesh.
15. God’s servant (12:18)------He served God on earth.
16. The greater than Jonah (12:41)------He raised from the dead.
17. The greater than Solomon (12:42)------He is the word of wisdom.
18. The son of the living God (16:16)------He is the manifestation of the living God.
19. The rock (16:18)------He is the foundation to build the church.
20. King (18:23)------He is the supervisor of all.
21. A landowner (20:1, 11; 24:45; 25:19)------He is the owner of the house of God.
22. The owner of the vineyard (20:8)------He is the manager of God’s work.
23. The son of the owner of the vineyard (21:37-38)------He is sent by God to the earth.
24. The stone which the builders rejected (21:42)------He was rejected by leaders of the Jews.
25. The chief cornerstone (21:42)------He is the foundation to build the church.
26. The stone on which whoever falls on will be broken (21:44)------He made the hypocritical religious believers be stumbled.
27. The son of a king (22:2)------He is the center of the marriage.
28. Rabbi, teacher (23:8, 10)------He is teacher of God’s people.
29. The lamb of the Passover (26:17-29)------He is the redeemer for men’s sins.
30. The shepherd (26:31)------He is the shepherd of God’s flock of sheep.
Women in the Book
1. Four women of low birth were listed in the genealogy of Christ (1:3-6)------they typify that Gentile believers were sinners under the hand of devil before they were saved.
2. Mary the virgin was found with child of the Holy Spirit and brought forth Jesus (1:18, 23)------a virgin symbolizes that men have minds of simplicity in Christ (2Cor. 11:2-3).
3. Peter’s mother-in-law was sick with a fever and was healed by the Lord (8:14-15)------she typifies that believers used to be zealous in the traditions of the elders and then were saved by the Lord.
4. The woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years and the daughter of a ruler was healed by the Lord (9:18-25)------they respectively typify that the life of both the Gentile and Jewish believers was leaking (they were dead) before they are saved.
5. The queen of the South who came to hear the wisdom of Solomon (12:42)------she typifies that the Gentiles were drew by the Lord and sought the word of the Lord.
6. A woman who took leaven and hid it in three measures of meal (13:33)------she typifies the backsliding church privily brought in damnable heresies.
7. Herodias and her daughter who killed John the Baptist (14:1-11)------they typify those who are utilized by the devil to withstand the gospel of the kingdom of heaven.
8. A woman of Canaan with great faith (15:21-28)------she typifies Gentile believers who live by faith.
9. Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. (24:41)------they typify that believers who are alive when the Lord comes and some of them will be taken and some of them will be left.
10. Five wise and five foolish virgins (25:1-13)------they typify believers who had fallen asleep before the Lord comes and some of them overcome and some of them fail.
11. A woman who poured the precious ointment on the Lord (26:6-13)------she typifies believer who seizes the opportunity to love the Lord.
12. The two maids who persecuted Peter to deny the Lord (26:69-72)------they typify small tests that believers encounter in their environment.
13. Pilate’s wife (27:19)------she typifies the consciousness of the world.
14. Several women who beheld the Lord under the cross (27:55-56, 61)------they typify witnesses who follow the Lord until the place of death.
15. Two “Mary”s who firstly saw the Lord’s resurrection (28:1-10)------they typify believers who love the Lord so much that they can bear witness of the Lord’s resurrection.
Seeing the Fundamental Experience of the Kingdom of Heaven from the example of the Lord Jesus
1. Mary was found with child of the Holy Spirit (1:18)------one must have God’s life.
2. He was baptized in Jordan (3:13)------one must bury his natural life.
3. The heavens were opened (3:16)------one must have spiritual light.
4. The spirit of God descended (3:16)------one upon whom the Holy Spirit has been poured out.
5. He overcame the temptations of Satan (4:1-11)------one must overcome in spiritual conflict.
6. He preached the word of the kingdom of heaven (4:17-25)------one must draw men to return to God.
Common Principles for Christians to Deal with Men
1. Be unwilling to make the other a public example (1:19).
2. One ought to listen to God instead of men (2:12; See Acts. 4:19).
3. Fulfill all righteousness among men (3:15).
4. Be merciful (5:7; 9:36-37).
5. Be a peacemaker (5:9).
6. Do not reproach or be angry with others (5:22).
7. Be reconciled to the other (5:24).
8. Do not lust after the other with the opposite sex (5:28).
9. Do not resist evil (5:39).
10. Love your enemies and pray for them who despitefully use you or persecute you (5:44).
11. Forgive others with their debts and trespasses (6:12, 14-15).
12. Do not judge (7:1).
13. Whatever one wants men to do to you, do also to them (7:12).
14. Draw to the afflicted (9:11-13).
15. Do not love your parents more than the Lord (10:37).
16. Receive men (10:37).
17. Encourage the weak (11:4-5).
18. Praise others at their back (11:7-11).
19. Save men when they are in danger and should not obstinately cling to regulations (12:10-12).
20. Do not attempt to remove false believers in the world (13:28-29).
21. Do not despise the prophets who are in his own country and in his own house (13:57).
22. Provide spiritual bread to others (14:6).
23. Do not abandon your duty as a man with spiritual excuse (15:5-6).
24. Give up those who do not listen to others’ advise (15:12-14).
25. Do not defend others (17:27).
26. Do not offend others (18:6-10).
27. Try your best to restore the one who sins against you (18:15-17).
28. Forgive others their trespasses from your heart (18:21-35).
29. Keep moral commandments (19:18-19).
30. Give to the poor (19:21).
31. Do not envy (evil eyes) others (20:15).
32. Do not strive to be the great, but serve others (20:20-28).
33. Do not care about anyone or regard the person of men (22:16).
34. Love your neighbor as yourself (22:39).
35. Do not take advantage of the weak (23:14).
36. Do not beat your fellow-servants------humiliate brothers and sisters (24:48-51).
37. Concern those who are in need (25:31-46).
38. Do not use weapons of the flesh (26:52).
a. Lead God’s sons and daughters (1:20; 2:13, 19).
b. Execute judgment (13:39-41; 25:31).
c. Separate the righteous and the wicked (13:49).
d. Preserve God’s sons and daughters (18:11).
e. Gather God’s elect when the Lord comes (24:30-31).
f. Bear witness of the Lord’s resurrection (28:2-7).
a. They neither marry nor are given in marriage (22:30).
b. Do not know everything (24:36).
c. Holy (25:31).
3. Countenance------like lightening (28:3).
1. Christ came into the world to save His people from their sins (1:21).
2. Sinners need to repent and confess their sins (3:6).
3. Sin makes men be lame and unable to walk (9:2).
4. Only the Lord has the power to forgive sins (9:6).
5. Every sin (but the blasphemy against the Spirit) will be forgiven men (12:31).
6. Only through the precious blood will sins be remitted (26:28).
1. Only the Lord is able to save men (1:21).
2. “Being saved” indicates to be saved from sins (1:21).
3. “Being saved” also indicates to be saved from environment (8:25; See 2Cor. 1:10).
4. Faith is the requirement fore men to be saved (9:22).
5. He that endures to the end shall be saved (10:22, 24:13).
6. Call upon the Lord to save you in dangerous environment (14:30).
7. Whoever loses his life for the Lord’s sake will find it (16:25).
8. The Son of Man has come to save that which was lost (18:11).
9. With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible. (19:25-26).
10. God concerned that whether we are saved in tribulations (24:22).
11. The Lord cannot save Himself in order to save us and died on the cross (27:42-43).
1. The example of the wise men from the east:
a. They came from afar to worship especially (2:2).
b. They saw first and then worshipped (2:11)------they must have seen in spirit.
c. They worshiped the little child (the Lord Jesus) instead of Mary (2:11).
d. They fell down (2:11)------this shows their submission.
e. They presented unto Him gifts (2:11)------dedication must accompany with the true worship.
2. The reversed worship:
a. Herod said insincerely that he would come to worship Him (2:8).
b. They honor the Lord with their lips, but their heart is far from the Lord. (15:9).
3. Satan wants to usurp our worship towards God (4:9).
4. We should worship the Lord our God (4:10).
5. Worship because your have something to call upon the Lord (8:2; 9:18; 15:25; 20:20).
6. Worship because you have seen the Lord’s works (14:33).
7. Worship because your have seen the Lord’s appearance (28:9, 17).
Knowing Religious Believers
1. Though they have knowledge of the Bible, they are unwilling to seek the Lord (2:4-6).
2. Though they are baptized, they have not bore fruits meet for repentance (3:7-10).
3. Offspring of vipers (3:7; 12:34; 23:33).
4. Though they keep the righteousness of commandments and letters, they do not keep the spirit of the Law (5:19-20).
5. They are hypocritical and they purposely do their alms, prayers, fasting and other good works before men (6:1-8, 16-18).
6. They come in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves (7:15).
7. They are the corrupt tree that cannot bear good fruits (7:16-20; 12:33).
8. They say “the Lord” with their lips, but they do not keep the will of God the Father (7:21).
9. They have prophesied, cast out demons and done many wonders in the name of the Lord, but they are not praised by the Lord (7:22-23).
10. Ignorant ones who hear the sayings of the Lord but do not do them (7:26-27).
11. They are originally the sons of the kingdom of Israel, but they do not have faith (8:10-12).
12. They say that they would follow the Lord, but are unwilling to bear hardship and hard work (8:19-20).
13. They think themselves righteous but do not sympathize others (9:10-13).
14. They put a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment and put new wine into old wineskins (9:16-17).
15. They are wolves that persecute true believers (10:16-17, 21-22).
16. They deny the Lord before men (10:33).
17. They think themselves wise and prudent (11:25).
18. They keep the regulations of the Sabbath but do not honor the Lord of the Sabbath (12:1-8).
19. They secretly discussed to destroy Jesus (12:14).
20. They blaspheme the Lord and say that He cast out demons by Beelzebub the prince of devils (12:22-27).
21. They are not with the Lord and do not gather with the Lord (12:30).
22. They stress on the outward signs and neglect the true reality of signs (12:38-42).
23. They are empty and swept but do not have life of God and therefore they are forcibly occupied by evil devils (12:43-45).
24. Their hearts have grown dull, their ears are hard of hearing and their eyes have closed (13:13-15).
25. They are way side, stony places where there is not much earth and thorns (13:1-7, 19-22).
26. They are tares (13:25-30, 38-42).
27. They are the tree in whose branches the birds of the air come and lodge (13:32).
28. They are three measures of meal that would make the whole be leavened (13:33).
29. They are aquatic animals that are cast away (13:48-50).
30. They transgress God’s commandments by the traditions of the elders (15:1-6).
31. They honor God with their lips but their heart is far from the Lord (15:7-8).
32. They teach as doctrines the commandments of men (15:9).
33. They are not planted by the Father in heaven (15:13).
34. They are blind leaders of the blind. If the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch (15:14).
35. They know how to discern the face of the sky, but they cannot discern the signs of the times (16:1-4).
36. The leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees------there is toxin in their teachings (16:5-12).
37. They make God’s temple the den of thieves (21:12-13).
38. Fig tree does not have fruits but leaves (21:19).
39. They dare not admit the heavenly power of John the Baptist (21:25-27).
40. The second son who agreed his father to work in his vineyard first and then did not go (21:29).
41. The wicked husbandmen who did not render fruits and killed servants and the son of the lord of the vineyard (21:33-41).
42. Whoever falls on this stone (Jesus) (21:44-45).
43. The guest who attended the marriage that was arranged by the king for his son and did not have on a wedding garment (22:11-13).
44. They united with worldly politicians to reject the Lord (22:15-17).
45. They did not know the Scripture or the power of God (22:29).
46. They did not know the prophecies in the Bible concerning Christ (22:41-46).
47. They say and do not do (23:1-4).
48. They do all their works to be seen by men (23:5).
49. They exalt themselves and like vain glory (23:6-12).
50. They neither go in the kingdom of heaven themselves, nor do they allow those who are entering to go in (23:13).
51. They devour widows’ house, and for a pretense make long prayers (23:14).
52. They win one proselyte, and when he is won, they make him a son of hell (23:15).
53. They are blind guiders and they do not know which is greater (23:16-22).
54. They carry out details of the Law and do not do things that they ought to do (23:23-24).
55. They cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence (23:25-26).
56. They are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness. (23:27-28).
57. They honor prophets who had been killed before and kill prophets of this time (23:29-36).
58. They come in the Lord’s name (false Christ) and deceive many (24:5, 23-26).
59. The false prophets deceived many (24:11, 24).
60. They sought opportunity to betray the Lord for money (26:14-16).
61. They bore false witness to accuse Jesus (26:59-61).
62. They delivered Jesus to men for crucifixion (27:1-2, 11-26).
63. They mocked Jesus (27:41-43).
64. They made up lie to cover the fact of the resurrection of Jesus (28:11-15).
Knowing the World
1. Egypt (2:15, 19)------it typifies the world.
2. The glory of the world shall attract men’s hearts (4:8).
3. Because of its nature of corruption and darkness, believers should be salt and light (5:13-16).
4. Things of it will corrupt and they won’t last forever (6:19-20).
5. It is the field in which all men live (including believers------the good seed) (13:38).
6. It is unworthy for men to suffer the loss of their souls for the world (16:26).
7. It would offend believers (18:7).
8. There will be the Great Tribulation (24:21).
9. When God created the world, He has prepared another everlasting world------the kingdom prepared from the foundation of the world (25:34).
The Example and Principle of the Lord’s Workers
1. The example of John the Baptist:
a. He spoke for the Lord and “said” for the Lord (3:3).
b. He had the burden of special message (3:3).
c. He looked upon God’s provision in life (3:4).
d. He pointed out men’s states (3:7-10).
e. He led men to Christ (3:11-12).
2. The example of the Lord when He was tempted:
a. He overcame the difficulties of life (4:2-4).
b. He overcame the temptation of religious status (standing on the pinnacle of the temple) (4:5-7).
c. He overcame the glory of the world (4:8-10).
3. The example of the Lord when He started to preach:
a. He sprung up as a great light (4:15-16).
b. He attracted others as magnet (4:18-22).
c. He was full of the spiritual power (4:23-25).
4. Serve God and do not serve mammon (6:24).
5. Hear the words and do them (7:24-25).
6. Equip oneself with the Lord’s words:
a. Keep the way of workers (10:5-8).
b. Hold the propriety of workers (10:9-15).
c. Be wise as serpents and harmless as doves (10:16-20).
d. Endure to the end though he is hated by all (10:21-23).
e. Do not fear though one is put to place of death (10:24-33).
f. Do not love parents or children more than the Lord (10:34-38).
g. Take up his own cross and follow the Lord (10:38-39; 16:24).
7. Have rest in difficulties because of the good pleasure of God (11:25-30).
8. Cast out devils by the spirit of God (12:28).
9. Do the will of God the Father (12:50).
10. Be instructed unto the kingdom of heaven and be familiar with the Old and New Testament (13:52).
11. Be channels of blessing of the Lord (14:18-19; 15:36).
12. Take heed and beware of heretical teachings (16:6-12).
13. Have heavenly revelations (16:17).
14. Have heavenly power (16:18-19).
15. When they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only (17:8).
16. Humble oneself as a little child (18:4).
17. Receive believers (18:5).
18. Do not offend believers (18:6-9).
19. Do not despise believers (18:10).
20. Seek the believer who is straying (18:12-14).
21. Gain the believer who has made a mistake (18:15-20).
22. Forgive the believer who has owed others (18:21-35).
23. Be first and do not fall behind (19:30; 20:16).
24. Do not have evil eyes towards fellow-workers (20:10-15).
25. Do not strive for status and be willing to be ministers and servants of all (20:20-28).
26. Do not hold others from drawing near to the Lord (20:30-34).
27. Obey the Lord’s sending and be willing to devote everything to exalt Christ (21:2-9).
28. Have made ruler over the Lord’s household and give them food in due season (24:45-47).
29. Use gifts and try one’s best to trade with the gifts (25:14-23).
30. Watch and pray with the Lord (26:38-41).
31. Observe the Lord’s instruction and fulfill the great mission that He had instructed (28:18-20).
The Comparisons in the Book of Matthew
1. Wheat and chaff (3:12).
2. God and mammon (6:24).
3. Narrow gate and straitened way and the broad gate and broad way (7:13-14).
4. Sheep and ravening wolves (7:15).
5. A good tree and a bad tree (7:16-20).
6. Those who do the will of the Father in heaven and those who practice lawlessness (7:21-23).
7. The one who built his house on the rock and the one who built his house on the sand (7:24-27).
8. The Lord refused the scribe to follow Him and hindered the disciple from going home (8:19-22).
9. A piece of unshrunk cloth and an old garment (9:16).
10. New wine and old wineskins (9:17).
11. John came neither drinking nor eating and the Son of Man came drinking and eating (11:18-19).
12. God the Father has hidden things from the wise and prudent and has revealed them to babes (11:25).
13. Wheat and tares (13:24-30, 36-43).
14. They gathered the good into vessels, but threw the bad away (13:47-50).
15. Traditions of the elders and commandments of God (15:1-9).
16. What goes into the mouth and what comes out of the mouth (15:11-20).
17. Peter (a piece of rock) and this rock (16:18).
18. The things of God and the things of men (16:23).
19. Whoever desires to save his life will lose it and whoever loses his life will find it (16:25).
20. The servant owned the Lord ten thousand talents and he would not have patience with his fellowservant who owned him a hundred pence (18:23-35).
21. Who are first will be last, and the last first. (19:30; 20:16).
22. Rulers of the nations and servants of the church (20:25-28).
23. The first and the second son (21:28-32).
24. Husbandmen who did not render fruits and those who rendered fruits (21:33-45).
25. The things that are Caesar’s and the things that are God’s (22:21).
26. They strain out a gnat and swallow a camel (23:24).
27. They cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence (23:25).
28. They are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness. (23:27).
29. One will be taken and the other left (24: 40-41).
30. The faithful and wise servant and the evil servant (24:45-51).
31. Five wise virgins and five foolish virgins (25:1-13).
32. The good and faithful servant and the wicked and lazy servant (25:14-30).
33. Sheep and goats (25:31-46).
34. The woman who spent the precious ointment to pour it on Jesus and Judas who betrayed the Lord for thirty pieces of silver (26:6-16).
35. Not as I will, but as You will. (26:39).
36. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak (26:41).
37. They released Barabbas but destroyed Jesus (27:16-26).
38. He saved others but Himself He cannot save (27:42).
39. Soldiers who guarded the tomb and women who came to the tomb to see Jesus (27:62-28:8).
Conditions to Enter the Kingdom of Heaven
1. Repent (3:2; 4:17).
2. Be modesty------poor in spirit (5:3).
3. Be persecuted for righteousness’ sake (5:10).
4. Their righteousness should exceed the righteousness of the Pharisees and the scribes (5:20).
5. Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness (6:33).
6. Do the will of the Father in heaven (7:21).
7. The violent (11:12).
8. Cast out devils by the spirit of God (12:28).
9. Be instructed unto the kingdom of heaven (13:52).
10. Be converted and become as little children (18:3).
11. Humble oneself as this little child (18:4; 19:14).
12. Make themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake (19:12).
13. Overcome the seizing of money (19:23-24).
14. Be able to bring forth fruits (21:43).
15. Give those in the household meat in due season (24:45-47).
16. Take oil in their vessels with their lamps (25:4, 10).
17. Be faithful over a few things (25:20-23).
18. Observe the Lord’s commandments (28:19-20).
1. One must repent for the sake of the kingdom of heaven (3:2; 4:17).
2. Repentance means to turn one’s mind to God (3:2).
3. Bring forth fruits meet for repentance (3:8, 10).
4. Repent because one has seen God’s works (11:21).
5. Repent because one has heard the word of God (12:41).
6. Repentance does not mean to regret for one’s behaviors (27:3).
1. The Lord will baptize with fire in future (3:11-12).
2. If one does not be reconciled to brothers today, he will be punished in future (5:22-26).
3. The one who commits adultery shall be cast into hell (5:27-30).
4. If you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses (6:14-15).
5. The one who does not obey the will of Father in heaven today shall not be admitted by the Lord that day (7:21-23).
6. Those that do not have faith shall be cast out into outer darkness (8:12).
7. The one that confesses the Lord before men shall be confessed by the Lord before Father in heaven and the one that denies the Lord before men shall be denied by the Lord before Father in heaven (10:32-33).
8. Whether it is tolerable for someone at the day of judgment depends on his reaction towards the glad tidings today (11:20-24).
9. The blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men and whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him (12:31-32).
10. Every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned (12:36-37).
11. The men of Nineveh and the queen of the south will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it (12:41-42).
12. At the end of this age, angels of the Lord will pick out all false believers and cast them into fire (13:24-30, 37-43).
13. At the end of this age, the Lord’s angels will throw the wicked away and cast them into the furnace of fire (13:47-50).
14. When the Lord comes, He will reward each according to his work (16:27).
15. Those who offend brothers shall be judged (18:7-10).
16. Those who do not forgive his brother shall be punished by the Father in heaven (18:23-35).
17. The twelve disciples who had left all and followed the Lord shall sit on the throne with the Lord in future (19:27-28).
18. The guest who did not have on a wedding garment shall be cast into outer darkness (22:11-13).
19. The faithful and wise servant shall be rewarded and the evil servant shall be punished (24:45-51).
20. The wise virgins shall go in with Him to the wedding and the foolish virgins shall be shut out of the door (25:1-13).
21. The good and faithful servants shall be rewarded and the wicked and lazy servants shall be cast into outer darkness (25:14-30).
22. When the Lord comes, the righteous who dealt kindly with one of the least of the Lord’s brothers shall go into life eternal and the wicked who did not deal kindly with one of the Lord’s brothers shall go into the everlasting fire (25:31-46).
Christians’ Knowledge and Attitude of Life
1. Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. (4:4).
2. When one has been called by the Lord, he should leave all his dependence of life (4:18-22).
3. We should have good testimony in our own houses (5:15-16).
4. We should know that God gives us our daily bread and we should trust Him (6:11).
5. We should pray the Lord not to lead us into temptation------difficulties of life (6:13).
6. Do not worry about what we will eat, what we will drink, what we will put on and these necessary things (6:25-32).
7. Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to us (6:33).
8. Do not worry about tomorrow (6:34).
9. We should never reject the Lord for loss of money (a herd of swine) (8:30-34).
10. A worker is worthy of his food (10:10).
11. What profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul (16:26)?
12. If one is not given the gift, he still needs to get married (19:10-11).
13. Custom to whom custom (22:21; See Rom. 13:7).
Being of Christians
1. Fishers of men (4:19)------preach the gospel to gain men for the Lord.
2. The Lord’s disciples (5:1)------follow the Lord and be trained by the Lord.
3. The salt of the earth (5:13)------guard against the corruption of the world.
4. The light of the world (5:14-16)------bear glorious witness to God before men.
5. Brothers (5:22-24)------be God’s daughters and sons.
6. Children of the Father in heaven (5:45)------have life and disposition of God the Father.
7. Sheep (7:15; 9:36; 10:16; 18:12-14)------be shepherded by God and have docile disposition.
8. A good tree (7:17)------be able to bear good fruits.
9. The harvest (9:37)------satisfy God.
10. Laborers (9:38; 20:2)------work for God.
11. Apostles (10:2)------men who are sent by the Lord.
12. Disciples (10:24-25)------be taught by the Lord.
13. Servants (10:24-25; 18:23; 25:14-30)------serve the Lord.
14. Good seed (13:24, 38)------they are sowed by the Lord.
15. Children of the kingdom (13:38)------inherit the heavenly kingdom.
16. The righteous (13:43)------they are called righteous by God.
17. Dog (15:27)------companion of the master in the house of God.
18. Little ones who believe in the Lord (18:6)------trust the Lord simply.
19. The first son (21:28-29)------he firstly contradicted God and then repented.
20. A nation that brings forth fruits (21:43)------have fruits of life.
21. The goodman of the house (24:42-43)------manage himself.
22. Housekeeper (24:45-51)------manage the church of God.
23. Virgins (25:1-13)------have minds of simplicity towards the Lord (See 2Cor. 11:2-3).
24. The Lord’s brothers (28:10)------the Lord raised from the dead and this brings in many sons of God (See Heb. 2:10-12).
Knowing God’s Reward
1. It is in heaven and great (5:12).
2. One would have reward if he does not merely love those who love him (5:46).
3. Charitable deeds, prayers, fasting and other good things should be done in secret (6:1-8, 16-18).
4. Give one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple (10:42).
5. The one who comes and works in the vineyard (the church) shall have his wage (reward) (20:8).
Seven Kinds of Manifestation of Spiritual Life
1. Being absolutely holy and righteous (5:20-37).
2. Being exceeding and overcoming (5:39-48).
3. Leaving all the profits of “self” (6:1-4).
4. Seeking the will of God whole-heartedly (6:5-18).
5. Being single-minded and pure towards the Lord (6:22-24).
6. Being faithful to the holy instruction of God and obligation (6:25-34).
7. Having spiritual experience and tolerance (7:1-27).
Christians’ Reactions When being Dealt with by Others
1. If someone has something against you, you have to deal with it completely (5:23-26).
2. Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away (5:39-42).
3. Pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you (5:44).
4. Do not speak by yourselves when being persecuted (10:19-20).
5. Endure to the end when being hated by men (10:22).
6. Flee when being persecuted (10:23).
7. Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul (10:28).
8. Try your best to gain him who has sinned against you (18:15-17).
9. Be specially carful when being praised by men (22:16-18).
1. Let your “Yes” be “Yes,” and your “No,” ‘No.” (5:37).
2. Do not judge, least you may be judged (7:1-5).
3. Be as good as one’s words (7:21; 23:3).
4. Look upon the Holy Spirit to give one what he should say (10:19-20).
5. Speak in light what the Lord has instructed (10:27).
6. Confess the Lord before men (10:32-33).
7. Never speak against the Holy Spirit (12:31-32).
8. Deal with the intention first and then the words of mouth (12:34-35).
9. Do not speak idle words, least you may be judged by God (12:36-37).
10. Take heed of what comes out of the mouth because what comes out of the mouth may defile a man (15:11; 18-19).
11. Every word should be established (18:16).
12. Praise (21:16).
13. Do not boast (26:33-35).
14. Do not defend for oneself (26:63; 27:14).
15. Preach the words of the Lord (28:20).
1. Three “not”s in praying (6:5-8).
a. When praying, we should “not” purposely let others see.
b. We should “not’ use vain repetitions as the heathen do.
c. We should “not” imitate others’ prayers.
2. The example of prayer (6:9-13):
a. Pray first for the name of God, kingdom and will.
b. Pray second for one’s life and difficulties.
c. Glorify God.
3. Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness (6:33).
4. Believe that everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. (7:7-8).
5. Believe that God gives good things to those who ask Him (7:9-11).
6. Ask in faith (8:5-10; 9:22, 29; 15:28).
7. The Lord answers others’ intercession with faith (9:2).
8. Pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest (9:37-38).
9. The words of prayer should be appropriate (15:22-28).
10. Prayer and fasting is needed sometimes (17:21).
11. When two or more pray together, two should agree concerning anything that they ask (18:19).
12. Know what we ask (20:22).
13. We should pray not as we will, but as God wills (26:39).
14. Always watch and pray (26:41).
1. Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven (6:19-20; 19:21).
2. Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (6:21).
3. Do not serve God and mammon (6:24).
4. Money will hold men from entering the kingdom of heaven (19:23-24).
5. Do not haggle over how much others have received (20:10-15).
6. Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's (22:21).
7. Do not devour widow’s houses (23:14).
8. One ought to have done the tithe (23:23).
9. Be willing to spend money on the Lord (26:6-13).
10. Do not betray the Lord for money (26:14-16).
11. Do not take the money of unrighteousness (27:6).
Ways for the Growth of Life
1. Enter the narrow gate and walk in the straitened way (7:13-14).
2. Put new wine into new wineskins (9:17).
3. Whoever loses his life for the Lord’s sake shall gain life (10:37-39; 16:24-25).
4. Keep the Lord’s word with good ground (heart) and let it grow and yield a crop (13:8, 23).
5. Take oil in the vessels (25:4).
Several Kinds of Power
1. The power of the teaching of the Lord (7:28-29).
2. The power of the scribes (7:29; 23:2-3).
3. The power of the church (16:18-20).
4. The power of work (10:1).
The Special “Two”s in the Book
1. Two demon-possessed men (8:28).
2. Two blind men (9:27).
3. Two blind men (20:29-34).
Blind Men in the Book
1. Two blind men in chapter 9th (9:27-31):
a. They knew their poor conditions of blindness.
b. They asked the Lord to heal their eyes sincerely.
c. They believed the Lord’s power of healing.
d. They received the answer of prayer.
e. Their eyes were opened and they did not obey the Lord’s instruction.
2. The blind men in chapter 12th (12:22):
a. He was blind because he was possessed by demon.
b. He was both blind and mute.
c. He was brought to the Lord and then was healed.
3. Blind men in chapter 15th (15:14):
a. The one who leads the way and the one who is led are both blind.
b. They typify leaders in the circle of religion and their followers.
c. They both fall into the ditch because they cannot see the way of God.
4. Two blind men in chapter 20th (20:29-34):
a. They heard that Jesus was passing by and they asked the Lord for mercy.
b. They were warned by men that they should be quiet but they cried out all the more.
c. Their eyes received sight and they followed the Lord.
5. Blind men in chapter 23rd (23:16-19, 24, 26):
a. They typify the religious leaders who do not discern which is greater.
b. They stress on material things but neglect the spiritual things.
c. They stress on details of letters but neglect the weightier matters of the Law.
d. They stress on outward behaviors and neglect inner reality.
The Way to Build the Church
1. The Lord is the builder of the church and He is also the foundation of the church (16:18).
2. Value every little one in the church:
a. Receive one little child like this (18:1-5).
b. Do not offend one of these little ones (18:6-9).
c. Do not despise one of these little ones (18:10).
d. Do not let one of these little ones lose (18:11-14).
e. Try your best to gain the brother who has sinned against you (18:15-17).
3. Two of you agree concerning anything that they ask (18:19).
4. Two or three are gathered in the Lord’s name (18:20).
5. From your heart forgive your brother his trespasses (18:21-35).
1. The king would settle accounts with His servants (18:23-35).
2. The householder would collect rents with his husbandmen (21:33-46).
3. The owner would settle accounts with his servants (25:14-30).
── Caleb Huang《Christian Digest Bible Commentary Series》
Translated by Sharon Ren