indexThe Gospel of Matthew is one of the most significant of the four Gospels. The early church used the Gospel of Matthew to catechize (disciple) new Christians about who Jesus is, what He has done in His death, burial, and resurrection, and how to live the Christian life. As Matthew expounds on these great truths—he also gives many of the great parables of Jesus. This is why when I received and read Dr. David Platt’s commentary on the Gospel of Matthew, I was greatly helped. This commentary on the Gospel of Matthew is part of a new series called Christ-Centered Exposition published by B&H Academic.

The series editor note, “This series affirms the Bible is a Christ-centered book, containing a unified story of redemptive history of which Jesus is the hero. We purpose to exalt Jesus from every book of the Bible. In doing this, we are not commending wild allegory or fanciful typology. We must be constrained to the meaning intended by the divine Author Himself, the Holy Spirit of God. However, we also believe that the Bible has a Messianic focus, and the authors in this series will exalt Christ from all of their texts.”

The exposition offered by Dr. Platt throughout this commentary is faithful to the text of Scripture. This commentary follows solid exegesis with helpful insight, illustrations, and application that will help readers understand the the Gospel of Matthew. The best pastoral commentaries of which I would consider this to be a part of, engage the text in meaningful ways, provide plenty of illustrations; all the while helping readers understand how the particular passage aligns itself with the context of the book, and its argument. Having read some of the other commentaries in this series already, I encourage you to be on the lookout as each successive volume rolls out.

Whether you’re a new Christian or engaging in regular teaching and preaching of the Word in Sunday school or pulpit ministry in the local, this commentary on Matthew by Dr. David Platt is one to check out. First, this commentary will help you to understand the meaning of each passage in Matthew with non-technical language. Finally, this commentary provides thoughtful application that will help you think through how the text under examination applies to your life. In a day and age where biblical illiteracy is the norm commentaries like this one by Dr. David Platt on Matthew will help readers learn how to read the Bible in light of the finished work of Jesus. I highly recommend this commentary and believe it will help readers to not only understand but apply the message of Matthew’s Gospel into their daily lives.

Buy the book at Exalting Jesus in Matthew (Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary), or from B&H Academic.

Title: Christ-Centered Exposition Exalting Jesus in Matthew

Authors: David Platt

Publisher: B&H Academic (2014)

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