Bible Study: Matthew 1

Matthew is the first book of the New Testament. This is where Jesus is first introduced, as He is the pinnacle height of all human history. The long-awaited Messiah is finally here. Why is this important? Because prior to Christ, there was no hope of human redemption. Since Adam sinned in the Garden of Eden, all of the seed inside of his body (the entire human race that would come forth into existence) fell with Adam and the rest of the world.

“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” (Romans 5:12)

Unfortunately, that one sin of Adam effected the entire human race and the world around us. This is because sin brings death and separates us from God’s holy perfection. Many people blame God for the problems around us in this world and shake their fists at Him – this is complete foolishness, because in reality they should be shaking their fists at themselves. We as humans are the ones who sin, not God. Look at this world and tell me, is God the one murdering, raping, being hostile, cursing, and sinning? No, it’s humans. It is prideful to place the blame of our sins on a holy, perfect, righteous God. And of course, pride is the original sin. So it’s no wonder why so much of the human race as enough pride to be shaking their fists, angry at the Creator of Heaven and Earth (all the while enjoying His creation!)

“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.” (Isaiah 14:12-15)

As we can see, the first sin ever committed was by Satan himself, in heaven. And what was his sin? Pride. Pride for thinking he can be more glorious, more high than God himself. Can you guess what Adam’s first sin really was? If you guessed pride, you are correct. It wasn’t about eating a piece of fruit that caused humanity to fall and be separated from God, it was disobeying God. And any disobedience in God stems in pride. Pride, because we think we know better than God not to obey Him and His commands. Pride, because we want our own way, not God’s way. So, the devil was the first sinner in Heaven, and his sin was pride. Now, let’s zoom in on the Garden of Eden where Satan tempts the first human beings to sin now – human beings in which he has a deep hatred for. Why? Because human beings are made in God’s image.

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” (Genesis 1:27).

“Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.” (Genesis 3:1-6)

Zooming on on Genesis 3, we see that Satan lured Eve into disobeying God and eating the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, and Adam followed suit. Because Satan fell due to his pride, he tempted Adam and Eve to likewise be prideful in disobeying God, just as he did in Heaven. Eating the piece of fruit was so much more than just eating a piece of fruit. It echoed the pride of Satan in Heaven, and the root of it is pride against God, wanting to be like God.

They weren’t satisfied with just being human and being under the Lordship of Christ. They wanted more. This is what caused the fall of humanity, and this is in the heart of every human: pride.

“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes.” (Romans 3:10-18)

Can you see how pride would be the root of all sin? It’s the first sin that took place in Heaven and then in the Garden of Eden, and it’s the root of all sin in humanity today and through all generations. Think about it: all sin is disobedience to God, and disobedience to God means you are being rebellious to your Creator. And the truth is, is that we all are. We are all sinners, we all have pride. We have all fallen, and we all deserve judgement for our sins which includes hell. We have all been separated from God, because He is holy and we are not.

This is why we need Jesus.

Let’s get back to Matthew now. Here comes the introduction of Jesus Christ. He had long been prophesied over the span of thousands of years. Matthew starts by listing Christ’s genealogy. This is important because it displays that Christ indeed came through Adam, like all human beings, yet did not sin (because He is God). Another important aspect is that this genealogy also displays that Jesus came from the line of David, which is important because the Messiah was repeatedly prophesied to come from the seed of David.

“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.” (Matthew 1:18)

The text goes into declaring that Mary became pregnant not through sexual intercourse, as all humanity does, but from the Holy Spirit – this is to show that Christ, though He is man, He is not merely man but God in the flesh. He was conceived in a virgin through the Holy Spirit. This means, though He was born as a descendant of Adam, He is not under Adam’s fallen nature that was given to all humanity. He is outside the sin that took place in the Garden of Eden. Humanly speaking, Jesus was born through the line of Adam, but spiritually speaking, Jesus was not under the fallen nature of Adam because He came from God and he is God.

“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1: 21)

Jesus is a powerful name, and has abundantly powerful meaning behind His name. His name means salvation, and He is what all of humanity desperately needs. Because all of humanity has fallen because we come from Adam, who sinned in the Garden of Eden, we were separated from God. Jesus is the One who can restore us to God, the way it was originally intended for humanity prior to Adam’s sin. Through Jesus and only Jesus, we can be reconciled to God.

It is imperative to let go of our pride and humble ourselves under God. He literally made us, shouldn’t we submit to Him? Coming to Christ in trust and faith, repenting and turning to our Creator in humbleness will lead to all abundant blessing. He will forgive us of all our transgression against Him. He is so ready to forgive, but it takes receiving His forgiveness and grace. That’s all it takes – letting go of our pride, and trusting in Jesus.

Why is Jesus the One to save us from our sins?

Because humanity could never be sinless, which is the only way to be restored to God and enter eternity in His presence. Jesus, being both fully man (born from a woman) and fully God (conceived by the Holy Spirit), He is the one who lived that sinless, perfect life for us, and died for our sins. He became the sacrifice for our sins, because sin = death. All of God’s judgement and ager went on Jesus on the cross of calvary. And now, if you repent and trust in Christ, you will be given God’s endless grace and mercy, and be forgiven of your sins. When this happens, all of Christ’s perfection now rests upon you, and God only sees Christ’s perfection when He looks at you. He no longer sees your sin, and you will no longer be judged and sent to eternal damnation for your sins.

“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” (1 Corinthians 5:21)

It’s both incredibly simple, yet hard. Simple, because all it takes is putting your faith and trust in Christ, yet it’s hard. Why? Because it means that you have to let go of your pride. Satan is a real entity and he wants to ensure people stay away from God and rebel against Him, just like he did in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve. He’s still doing that today. He hates human beings because they are made in the image and likeness of God, and so he wants as many people to go to hell as possible. There is spiritual warfare at work to keep people in their sin and pride and not trust in Jesus Christ.

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.” (James 4:7-8)

Jesus lovingly came to this broken, sinful world, and lived a perfect life. He sacrificed His perfect life for our sins, so that we may have His perfection resting upon us like a blanket, and that we can salvation and be reconciled to God. Jesus is the height of human history, no other will ever do what He did. And all who come to Him will be given forgiveness, redemption, and God’s endless grace.

Where Is Your Treasure?

For what is a man profited if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give, in exchange for his soul?

Matthew 16:26 ♥️

We can’t take anything in this life with us to the grave. Material possessions are so worthless when it comes to what’s really important in life. The only thing we will be taking with us is our soul, which is more precious than all the riches in the world. In this world, people spend their lives acquiring, buying, spending, and reaching higher and higher on the ladder. They are striving for that “American dream” for their lives on this earth, yet not even giving a second thought to the condition of their soul. All these things that we human beings spend our life working for and acquiring will literally mean nothing once we’re dead. We came into this world naked, and we will return to the grave naked.

Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return tither. The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.

Job 1:21 ♥️

We’re taking nothing with us – not our education, our job title, our prestige, our money, our possessions, not even our family. In fact, once we die it’s only a matter of time before even our own descendants will forget us. For instance, do you know the name of your great great grandmother? Sadly, I don’t. Your life is but a vapour and will vanish. There’s one, and only one thing that will remain: your soul.

For the living know that they will die; But the dead know nothing, And they have no more reward, For the memory of them is forgotten.

Ecclesiastes 9:5♥️

Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.

James 4:14 ♥️

The beautiful thing is that your soul is precious to God, and God knows the hairs on your head. You are valuable to God. But you must realize that this time on earth is spent in vain if it is not spent trusting in the LORD. Because at the end of the day, we will die and nothing will matter except if you put your faith in Him for salvation. Your soul is the one thing you will take past this grave and it will either end up in heaven or hell. Your treasure be in either one of two things: it will either be in things that will perish and be completely useless and non-existent after you die, or your treasure will be in heaven.

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Matthew 6:19-21 ♥️

The Lord Jesus mentions that we’re more valuable than many sparrows. Material or earthly treasures will vanish but spiritual treasures will remain eternal. All the treasures are found in Jesus Christ! 👑 And if you put your faith in Him, your soul will be in safe keeping even past death. And that’s more valuable than anything this world has to offer.

“(Jesus), In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”

Colossians 2:3 ♥️

Glorious God 

Oh, what a majestic God He is. Full of splendour and majesty. Worthy of all honour and praise, and devotion and obedience and loyalty and faith and all our love.✨

…And, can you even grasp the fact that He loves us with a great and mighty, yet intimate and tender, and beautifully forgiving, compassionate and jealous, faithful never ending everlasting love???💕

Oh He’s so amazing. He deserves more than we could ever give Him.✨

This God, by the word of His mouth created the stars and holds them in His hands. He also holds your heart.💕

How marvelous! how wonderful!
And my song shall ever be
How marvelous! how wonderful!
Is my Savior’s love for me!🎵

{Psalm 8:3}
When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained; what is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him?

Never stop seeking this glorious King of the Heavens and Earth. Never stop chasing Him. He’s more worthy than anything else in this existence. Nothing compares. He’s incomparable…

And, praise Jesus, He’s knowable.✨🙌🏼💗😭

How do we walk in selfless love and sacrifice for others?

It comes from a foundation of loving God and being loved by Him. Knowing God and being known by Him. Made whole and complete in God and understanding your true worth in Him.

When we understand our worth in Him, we’re able to let go of trying to achieve what this world measures as worthy. We’re able to freely offer ourselves up and make ourselves less important than others and walk in humility because we are saved by Jesus, and have been given so much more than this world has to offer.

Jesus knew His worth and did not find it a loss to walk as a servant and get down to wash the feet of man or be abused at the hand of sinners and evil men. He was looking toward the reward of future glory and saving His people for all eternity. (John 13:3-5).

{Philippians 2:3-9}
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or empty pride, but in humility consider others more important than yourselves. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, although He existed in the form of God, who did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name.”

We’re to walk in the steps of Jesus.

We recognize that this world is extremely temporal and there is nothing in it for us as His saints. We understand that our purpose is to love with the love of Christ and be lights with the true light of Christ.

When we’re full of His love, His forgiveness and have experienced His mercy and kindness, we’re able to walk in a way that is completely abandoned to Him. We become free slaves to God and our eyes are on Him so much so that gain for ourselves no longer carries the weight in our hearts and lives that it once did.

We don’t have to be on top in this world because we have everything in Him. We don’t have to constantly look out for our own needs because we have a God who cares for us. So we can then care for others. We’ve been crucified with Christ. It is no longer we who live, but Christ who lives in us. {Galatians 2:20}

Because we’re secure in Him, we don’t need to act in ways that will make us feel secure in this world which leads to selfish ambition and elevating ourselves above others. This kind of love humility and selfless poured from us can only be given to others if we experience the endless love of God Himself.

When we’ve been saved, we see with spiritual eyes and act in spiritual ways – ways that are foreign to this world but are the epitome of who God is.

And of course, there’s sanctification. We’re constantly being molded, shaped, and refined to act in selfless love. He teaches us, He trains us, He grows us, He prepares us, and He is with us all along the way during our time on earth.

In short, abide in Him. Only then can a person give themselves as servants in this world because we’ve received all riches, love, and honour in Christ.

{Ephesians 4:2-3}
“Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love.” 

My Weakness, His Strength

The other day I was having a rough morning and it seemed like my weakness and sin shined forth and I was acting in the flesh. Tired and drained from a great deal of fiery arrows coming my way, I had no strength.

Frustrated, I began walking outside in the winter rain. I felt horrible. Even if nobody else noticed my sinful shortcomings, I did, because it was all in my heart. Not only was I overcome by my weakness, but I knew God knew it even more than myself.

Shuddering, with a sorrowful and repentant heart I sighed a tearful groan and weakly whispered, “I’m sorry…I wish I was better, I don’t deserve you’re love, I’m not good enough.”

While on the bus, wet and cold, I began listening to worship music accompanied by reading continuous bible passages. One scripture stood out to me and it was as if this passage covered me like a soft warm blanket. I wasn’t cold any longer.

“But he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

This simple passage spoke to me more than an hour long sermon would.

His grace. His strength.

He told me to come, find rest for my soul. I’ll never be good enough, but He is. I’ll never be strong enough, but He is. I’ll never be able to hold myself up, but He carries me. I’ll never be able to be sinless, but He was without sin. I’ll never be perfect, but He wants me to rest in HIS perfection.

And He wants you to rest in Him too. Come to Jesus, and find rest. Don’t rely on yourself, rely on Him. His grace is enough to cover every ounce of your weakness, sin and flesh.

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.” Matthew 11:28-29

Fall into the arms of the only One who can hold you up. The One whose grace is enough.♥️

Christ Sets You Free

Jesus Christ sets the soul free. He unlocks the bondage we’re enslaved to in this world and gives us  t r u e  life. There is no life apart from Jesus. You may think you’re living, but if you don’t have eternal life living inside of you (Jesus), you are dead inside and enslaved to sin and this world. 

You may think true freedom is doing whatever you want, but it’s a false deceptive “freedom”. True freedom is to be forgiven and have a reconciled, close and intimate relationship with the God who made your soul. There is no freedom greater than this. He is the way to eternal life. It’s only through Jesus, nobody and nothing else. He is the door, all who enter will find true life.🌸✨💕

{John 8:36}
So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.

{John 17:3}
This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

{John 14:6}
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

Get Close to God

Never let any single thing, human or otherwise, be closer to you than your Maker is. Your union with Jesus must be a union untouched by outside hands – it must be so deep and strong and high and wide and all-consuming and first and foremost above all other relationships, that nothing on the outside can penetrate it. Jesus is your Saviour, your God, and your first love. Your relationship with Him will set the foundation of your entire life and all of your relationships – none of which should ever be more important or close to you than Jesus Himself. Get close to God, deepen your bond with Him. Love Him more than anything this world has to offer. Be satisfied in Him above all else. Be willing to serve Him unto death if He so desires. Jesus is a jealous God and wants all of you.

Make Him your everything, because He is your Maker.♥️

{Revelation 2:4}
[Jesus said], “But I have this against you, that you have left your first love.”

{Hebrews 12:29}
“For our God is a consuming fire.”

{Exodus 34:14}
“You must worship no other gods, for the LORD, whose very name is Jealous, is a God who is jealous about his relationship with you.”😍