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. The Cost of Discipleship or Fickle Followers Matthew 8:14-22; 4. I. Matthew 2:1-23). 1 Kings 3:3. But he saw that under the mild words of Jesus a very earnest purpose was hid. THE LIFE OF JESUS AS COVERED BY MATTHEW (shaded area) Click chart to enlarge. John was doing his proper work in administering it. Matthew 3:14 - But John tried to prevent Him, saying, 'I have need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?' "Then John baptized him with water, and he baptized John with the Spirit.". In doing, "The King, because of His baptism, is now bound up with His subjects. He taught them what was the evil they should abhor, and what the good they should seek and abound in. Matthew's Personal Testimony Matthew 9:9-13; 8. John did not understand that love is the fulfilling of the law. Fulfill is from PLEROO and Thayer"s definition at this passage is, "to perform, execute." ... 3. on StudyLight.org 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. (Matthew 3:15) Jesus understood that it was God"s will for John to baptize Him. Matthew used it to describe conformity to God"s will, ethical 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… The codensed one-volume classic commentary. Then he suffered him - with true humility, yielding to higher authority than his own impressions of propriety. He obeyed the Jewish Law, and must also obey the Divine rite that John administered. 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. Consequently it was appropriate for Jesus to undergo John"s baptism, and John consented to baptize Him. 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. 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. This expression denotes that the law never should be destroyed till it should be all fulfilled. To the third question it is replied, that every candidate baptized for fitness for the coming kingdom, is baptized for his own place in that kingdom; the subject for subjection, the king for royalty. on StudyLight.org Or, it becometh every messenger of God, and even every follower of mine, to observe every divine appointment, and to honour every divine ordinance. Ethical righteousness is the display of conduct in one"s actions that is right in God"s eyes. Argumentum e contrario for the preceding καὶ οὕτως ἀναπληρ. 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. (Matthew 3:13) But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? 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. The Baptist had a passion for righteousness, yet his conception of righteousness was narrow, severe, legal. [Note: Don B. Garlington, "Jesus, the Unique Son of God: Tested and Faithful," Bibliotheca Sacra151:603 (July-September1994):287. Then he suffered him. Jesus, another Moses, on whom the Spirit had been placed (, [Note: Don B. Garlington, "Jesus, the Unique Son of God: Tested and Faithful," Bibliotheca Sacra151:603 (July-September1994):287. For thus it becometh us - "us," not in the sense of 'me and thee,' or 'men in general,' but as in John 3:1-36. See Matthew 5:28. Mark 3:15 - and to have authority to cast out the demons. So the priest who anoints the king, or the chancellor or judge who administers the oath to the president, is at that moment his. 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. SERMON ON THE MOUNT COMMENTARY Verse by Verse notes On Site Bruce Hurt, MD. The grateful return Solomon made for the visit God was pleased to pay him, 1 Kings 3:15. Read Matthew 20 commentary using Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete). on StudyLight.org Matthew 3:15. to be baptized in water by him, as he had requested, and accordingly did administer it to him. [Note: Toussaint, p73. And God owned his ordinance so as to make it the season of pouring forth the Holy Spirit upon him. Thus Jesus transversed the Jordan and then, like Israel, spent a period of time in the wilderness. And Jesus, answering, said unto him, Suffer it to be so now; for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness. All that God requires. “Now” implies that the “time” required that he be baptized. The following passage, quoted from Justin Martyr, will doubtless appear a strong vindication of this translation. Till heaven and earth pass. Righteousnes. And then all the peoples of the earth [] will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. Jesus who was sinless, came to a baptism ‘unto repentance.’ This condescension formed a part of the obedience to the Divine law (see Matthew 3:15), rendered by Him as a member of the Jewish nation. If I were not to perform the moral actions, this world would fail in their duties: I should be the cause of spurious births, and should drive the people from the right way. See also Matthew 3:15; John 16:10.) Χρ. Does imply a tacit acceptance of the high position assigned to Him by John (Weiss-Meyer)? Test drive it and tell us about your experience. In Matthew a righteous person is one who lives in harmony with the will of God (cf. The requirements of the law, regarded as including all that is right. He was in His place receiving that rite. on StudyLight.org Matthew"s use of this word is different from Paul"s. Paul used it mainly to describe a right standing before God, positional righteousness. He could command, he only requests. Cometh, as in Matthew 3:1, a coming forth into public view. 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). Then he suffered Him. Galatians 6:3. 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. 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. [Note: Craig A. Blaising, "The Fulfillment of the Biblical Covenants," in Progressive Dispensationalism, p195.]. ", "Jesus" baptism in the Jordan stands as a counterpart of Israel"s crossing of the Red Sea at the onset of the Exodus. The Forgiveness of Sins Matthew 9:1-8; 7. Christ as Student and Interpreter of). Undoubtedly: it was the initiatory ordinance of the Baptist's dispensation. An important prerequisite to understanding Jesus" words is an understanding of the meaning of "righteousness." 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. And where can we expect this sacred effusion, but in an humble attendance on divine appointments? And David made a feast for Abner and the men who were with him. That spirit of submissiveness to God"s will is primarily what John"s baptism identified in those who submitted to it. This was the anointing of Messiah (see note on Matthew 3:17), and anointing was accompanied by washing or immersion (Exodus 29:4-7; Exodus 40:12. [Note: Benno Przybylski, Righteousness in Matthew and His World of Thought, pp91-94. 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.). Thus Jesus transversed the Jordan and then, like Israel, spent a period of time in the wilderness. Facing the Storms of Life Matthew 8:23-27; 5. But while he had no sins to confess he did have a duty to "perform," and by so doing he could maintain his "integrity." What did Jesus mean? The Septuagint use this word often for the Hebrew משפת mishpat, judgment, appointment. 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. {l} "the law" Matthew 3:15 {m} "the prophets" Isaiah 42:21. They are produced by coveting the property of others. And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. As the ignorant perform the duties of life from a hope of reward, so the wise man, out of respect to the opinions and prejudices of mankind, should perform the same without motives of interest. 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, … Judgment and discernment. Mark 3:15 - and to have authority to cast out the demons. 3. 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. ὤφθη ἀγγέλοις : Ellicott points out that in these three pairs of clauses, the first member of each group points to earthly relations, the second to heavenly . Jesus had no sin to wash away, and yet he was baptized. The Lord Jesus teaches that we must do all the real kindness we can to all, especially to their souls. Matthew 25:12 - But he answered, ‘Truly I say to you, I do not know you.' Statement of Faith ... Thou art neither cold nor hot, but worse than either; I would thou wert cold or hot, Revelation 3:15. (4.) This suggestion does tie in very closely with that above, simply adding the Old Testament prophecies to John’s message as the last of the prophets. Both John in his office and Jesus in His. Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary online free at StudyLight.org for sermon, Bible study, and Sunday school preparation. Matthew 3:15; Matthew 5:6; Matthew 5:10; Matthew 5:20; Matthew 6:33." This duty was incumbent on John as the minister of that Dispensation; likewise on the Lord: hence the word "thus". 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. Matthew used it to describe conformity to God"s will, ethical righteousness. So at length he yielded— . Matthew"s use of this word is different from Paul"s. Paul used it mainly to describe a right standing before God, positional righteousness. 15. 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. Indeed, if this be the meaning, our version perhaps best brings out the force of the opening word "Thus" [ houtoos (Greek #3779)]. "The King, because of His baptism, is now bound up with His subjects." If this be rendered, with Scrivener, 'every ordinance,' or, with Campbell, 'every institution,' the meaning is obvious enough; and the same sense is brought out by "all righteousness," or compliance with everything enjoined, baptism included. Matthew 3:15. "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 ecclesia was the “house of God” (1Timothy 3:15); it was a “holy temple” (Ephesians 2:21). And in Ezekiel 18:19, Ezekiel 18:21, the person who δικαιοσυνην και ελεος πεποιηκε - hath done righteousness and mercy, is he who sacredly attended to the performance of all the religious ordinances mentioned in that chapter, and performed them in the genuine spirit of mercy. But was this an ordinance? Michaelis supposes that חק כל kol chok, all religious statutes or ordinances, were the words used in the Hebrew original of this Gospel. Matthew 3:15. Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise) About Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise). Righteousness is from DIKAIOSUNE and Thayer defines it as follows: "b. integrity, virtue, purity of life, uprightness, correctness in thinking, feeling, and acting. 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. Matthew 3. ... ( Genesis 3:15), of the seed of Abraham ( Genesis 22:18), through the tribe of Judah ( Genesis 49:10), and of the family of David ( 2 Samuel 7:12-13). 30 “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. 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. ], "Jesus" baptism in the Jordan stands as a counterpart of Israel"s crossing of the Red Sea at the onset of the Exodus. This was certainly true, but probably not what He would have expected John to fully grasp, especially as John was not yet fully aware of Who He was. Matthew 1:19). To the first question it is replied, that Christ’s whole life was a bearing. it becometh us. 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? Then he suffered him — He that sins through ignorance, will correct his error upon better information. that the penal liabilities of humanity might be imputed to him. - Wakefield. "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. MATTHEW 1 . Then he *permitted Him. Matthew 3:15 - KJV - And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to... Study verse in the King James Version He submitted to the ordinance of baptism, also, in order that occasion might be taken, at the commencement of his work, for God publicly to declare his approbation of him, and his solemn appointment to the office of the Messiah. 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. Matthew 1:1; Matthew 1:2; Matthew 1:3; Matthew 1:4; Matthew … Consequently it was appropriate for Jesus to undergo John"s baptism, and John consented to baptize Him. Jesus, another Moses, on whom the Spirit had been placed ( Isaiah 63:10-14), would lead the way." — Gently the Baptist declines, gently the Saviour insists. I. Matthew 18:17 where the Jewish ecclesia is meant. Verse 4. 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. Then people from Jerusalem, all of Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him. it to be so: or, supply the Ellipsis by "[Me]". (15) Suffer it to be so now.—The “now” is emphatic, at the present time, in contrast with what was to follow. Jesus had no sin. ", [Note: Craig A. Blaising, "The Fulfillment of the Biblical Covenants," in Progressive Dispensationalism, p195. 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. And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. [Note: Benno Przybylski, Righteousness in Matthew and His World of Thought, pp91-94.] The malice has its seat in the heart, and the murder therefore proceeds from the heart, 1 John 3:15. Matthew 3:15. The reason is given in John 1:31. all righteousness: or every claim of righteous duty. 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. The word and the thought are the same as those of Hebrews 2:10. It does not deal with getting saved but responding to God"s grace. “It became Him.”— : this means more than meets the ear, more than could be explained to a man like John. Adulteries, fornications. More than ‘he baptized him’; Jesus was really the active person, since the rite was administered at His command and by His authority. The Lord was now, and here, recognized by John (John 1:31-34). — That is, it becometh not one alone, but both of. Verse 18. ], "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." It established John’s mission, great honour being done him by the Messiah’s receiving his baptism. A word of strong affirmation. on StudyLight.org Verses 1-11. Matthew 7 - The Sermon on the Mount (Continued) A. 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. 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. ибо так надлежит нам исполнить всякую правду. Jump to: Bible Study Tools; Parallel Bible Verse; Bible Contextual Overview; Bible Cross-References; Gill's Bible Notes; Clarke's Bible Notes; Barnes' Bible Notes ; Bible Study Resources. 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. That spirit of submissiveness to God"s will is primarily what John"s baptism identified in those who submitted to it. 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. You will know them by their fruits. Thus it becometh us - It is suitable and proper. John agreed to baptize Jesus only after Jesus convinced him that by baptizing Him both of them would "fulfill all righteousness." Old Testament (Ii. But Jesus answering said to him, "Permit it at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness." Matthew 3:6 - and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, as they confessed their sins. The relation between them would soon be changed. It is significant that Matthew did not describe Jesus" baptism. His emphasis was on the two revelatory events that followed it (cf. We are all familiar with these wonderful words from the pen of the Apostle Paul: 16 Every scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the person dedicated to God may be capable and equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17).2 It is when we come to texts like Matthew 1:1-17that our belief in Paul’s words are put to the test. Commentary on Matthew 5:3-12 (Read Matthew … on StudyLight.org It becometh us. But he was about to enter on his great work. How many of us really find the genealogies of the Bible “useful” or “profitable”? It is becoming my mission to submit to humilities; it becomes your office to recognize my submission. Then he *permitted Him. From Galilee, from His home in Nazareth, a long distance. Then he suffered him. ; in so far as the fulfilment to be given in such measure to this law is impossible to moral conceit. Nothing invests the ordinary means of grace with such importance as to see our Lord, like one of ourselves, observing them. Old Testament (Ii. “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. Second, it establishes the parameters by which God will redeem His people from their sin. I. Truly, certainly. Hence it was necessary for John to be informed of the reason why Jesus made the request. 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 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, And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now, But Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer [it] now. 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. Thus he fulfilled the righteous ordinance of his initiation into the office of high priest, and thus was prepared to make an atonement for the sins of mankind. MATTHEW: JESUS AND HIS PROMISED KINGDOM. (3.) Suffer it now. τ. ν. τ. To the second question it is replied, that, however superior our Lord was, . Suffereth him. But we incline to think that our Lord meant more than this. (15-20) False prophets will comes disguised; how can we tell them? [] 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 2 Samuel 3:20 - Then Abner and twenty men with him came to David at Hebron. Thefts. . Matthew 2:5 - They said to him, 'In Bethlehem of Judea; for this is what has been written by the prophet: on StudyLight.org "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. Jesus qualified in every respect. He was independent of all means, and stood in no need of such aids. To meet every legal and official requirement. 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. on StudyLight.org 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. What did Jesus mean? Theft is the taking and carrying away the goods of others without their knowledge or consent. The reasoning with which Jesus replies to John’s scruples is characteristic. 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. The phrase “all righteousness,” here, is the same as a righteous institution or appointment. Matthew 3:5. Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary online free at StudyLight.org for sermon, Bible study, and Sunday school preparation. 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. Tons more resources, better tools, NIV84 and easier navigation. 5. This is an Hebrew way of speaking, often used in the Old Testament, and answers to ויאמר יען; see Job 3:1. And if our remarks on the circumcision of our Lord (on Luke 2:21-24) are well founded, He would seem to have said, 'Thus do I impledge myself to the whole righteousness of the Law-thus symbolically do enter on and engage to fulfill it all.' Matthew 1:1 - The record of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham: on StudyLight.org For God said, Honor thy father and thy mother: and, He that speaketh evil of father or mother, let him die the death. ... (Church) occurs twice in Matthew and not elsewhere in the Gospels. Click chart to enlarge Charts from Jensen's Survey of the NT - used by permission Another Chart from Charles Swindoll. Christ as Student and Interpreter of). Matthew 3:14 - But John tried to prevent Him, saying, 'I have need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?' John’s baptism of Jesus, therefore, was, as it were, an unction for his kingship or priesthood. Jesus said unto him, Suffer it to be so now. The wise man, by industriously performing all the duties of life, should induce the vulgar to attend to them.". "righteousness." See note ch. Matthew 3:15. We must pray for them. on StudyLight.org ], "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. His baptism set the pattern for him to be the first among many brothers (Romans 8:29). The import of Circumcision and of Baptism seems to be radically the same. He was being numbered with the transgressors, in order to establish righteousness among men through His own righteousness (Isaiah 53:11-12). Home > Study Desk. Matthew 3:6. "Christ was circumcised, and observed all the other ordinances of the law of Moses, not with a view to his own justification; but to fulfill the dispensation committed to him by the Lord, the God and Creator of all things."