Matthew: The Gospel of Fulfillment

One of the defining characteristics of Matthew’s gospel is its saturation with Old Testament themes and allusions. In fact, many nickname it “the Jewish gospel” because of the sixty-five Old Testament citations sprinkled throughout! But why? Why so much rootedness in the Old Testament? Because Matthew’s goal was to prove to the reader that Jesus Christ was and is the fulfillment of all the Old Covenant promises, types, and shadows. He came to fulfill what was written (Matthew 5:17). In this, Matthew acts as a perfect bridge from the Old Testament to the New. And if Matthew’s appreciation for the Old Testament teaches us anything, it is that we must immerse ourselves in all of God’s inspired Word (2 Timothy 3:16). 

A.W. Tozer once said, “Nothing less than a whole Bible can make a whole Christian.” Were Matthew still alive, I think he’d agree with this statement. So please, come and join us as we study this wonderful gospel and witness the fulfillment of all God’s promises in the person of his Son, Jesus Christ!