The following files are in pdf format. Of that method of interpretation which I have chosen to adopt, and which it may be many persons, at first sight, will not approve, it will be proper to give some account for the satisfaction of pious and candid readers. ",  "Faisant grand cas de leur argument;" -- "setting great store by their argument. The Gospel, therefore, is a public exhibition of the Son of God manifested in the flesh,(1 Timothy 3:16,) to deliver a ruined world, and to restore men from death to life. Secondly, Paul means not only that Christ is the pledge of all the blessings that God has ever promised, but that we have in him a full and complete exhibition of them; as he elsewhere declares that all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him amen, (2 Corinthians 1:20.) ",  "Matthieu, en sa description, ne passe point plus haut qu'Abraham, qui a este le pere du peuple sainct et esleu." Be a Berean especially with older commentators such as Calvin, Henry, Jamieson (JFB is one of the best older works), Gill. -- "It was easy for them to point it out, as with the finger, and without a long story. There is one passage in the writings of Paul, from which above all others a clear and certain definition of the word Gospel may be obtained, where he tells us that it... was promised by God in the Scriptures, through the prophets, concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was made of the seed of David according to the flesh, and declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of sanctification, by the resurrection from the dead, We must attend to what Paul says, "that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers," (Romans 15:8), with which agrees that saying of Christ, "Salvation is of the Jews," (John 4:22.) 31: Matthew, Mark and Luke, Part I, tr. The excuse commonly offered, that the diversity arose from its being very customary among the Jews to have two names, appears to many persons not quite satisfactory. David received a still clearer promise, that God would "stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever," (2 Samuel 7:13;) that one of his posterity would be king "as long as the sun and moon endure," (Psalm 72:5;) and that "his throne should be as the days of heaven," (Psalm 89:29.) It was the design of God to show that, in establishing this kingdom, nothing depended on human merits. by John King [1847-50] Start Reading As he was a just man Some commentators explain this to mean, that Joseph, because he was a just man, determined to spare his wife:  taking justice to be only another name for humanity, or, a gentle and merciful disposition. John Calvin (1509-1564) Commentary on Matthew, Mark, Luke - Volume 1. And forgive us our debts Here it may be proper that we should be reminded of what I said a little before, that Christ, in arranging the prayers of his people, did not consider which was first or second in order. Website: ntslibrary.com. Besides, a powerful argument may be drawn from the whole strain of the passage. 6. These electronic texts of Calvin's Commentaries were prepared through the labor of volunteers for the OnLine Bible project and the Christian Classics Ethereal Library in conjunction with the good folks at @Ages Software.Much work in programming and editing was done by Skip Gaede. 8. Let this expression, David the King, be understood by us as pointing out the prosperous condition of the people, which the Lord had appointed. The Lord himself shall give you a sign.Behold, a virgin shall conceive,(Isaiah 7:14.). And Solomon begat Rehoboam. Next: John Calvin on Matthew 6:11. And she shall bear a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS.  This is the reason, why Paul says, that "in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily," (Colossians 2:9.) Of his commentaries, Calvin's Commentary on Matthew, Mark, and Luke is well-known--unsurprisingly, given the power, insight, and instruction it has. Whether or not I have succeeded to my expectation, the reader must decide by his own experience. Thus have I discussed the genealogy of Christ, as far as it appeared to be generally useful. He was not induced by human arguments to take the opposite side. For from David to Salathiel, and again from Zerubbabel till Joseph, the names are totally different. And certainly he would not be a properly qualified Mediator, if he did not unite both natures in his person, and thus bring men into an alliance with God. John Calvin (1509-1564) Commentary on Matthew, Mark, Luke - Volume 1. But his kingdom was shortly afterwards established by God, as a pledge of true prosperity, in the hand of David. Use Bible commentary free online for Bible study including these popular commentaries; Matthew Henry, John Calvin, Geneva Study Bible, Martin Luther's, John Gill's, Jamieson, Faussett & … … And then they assume the airs of haughty triumph,  as if this objection of the Christians had originated in ignorance or thoughtlessness, and were now forgotten and buried. In their opinion, therefore, it would have been superfluous that two Evangelists should apply themselves to this subject. "),  "Que Joseph a voulu pardonner a sa femme, et couvrir la faute, d'autant qu'il estoit juste." As that captivity was a sort of destruction, it came to be wonderfully arranged by Divine providence, not only that the Jews again united in one body, but even that some vestiges of dominion remained in the family of David. -- Ed. Where I use the liberty of differing from him, (which I have freely done, whenever it was necessary,) Bucer himself, if he were still an inhabitant of the earth, would not be displeased. -- "Judas a commis sa meschancete avec sa bru, pensant que ce fust une autre." -- "But when Christ appeared in his person, the people had a real presence of God, and not shadowy, as before. Bucer, a man of revered memory, and an eminent teacher of the Church of God, who above all others appears to me to have labored successfully in this field, has been especially my model. 1 “To Lucke belongs the honor of having first referred, in the department of exigesis, to Luther, Beza, Calvin, Camerarius, and many other excellent interpreters of the period of the Reformation. For he shall save his people from their sins. Besides, the two words 'Iesous and yhvh, Jesus and Jehovah, agree but in two letters, and differ in all the rest; which makes it exceedingly absurd to allege any affinity whatever between them, as if they were but one name. These electronic texts of Calvin's Commentaries were prepared through the labor of volunteers for the OnLine Bible project and the Christian Classics Ethereal Library in conjunction with the good folks at @Ages Software.Much work in programming and editing was done by Skip Gaede. For whenever we contemplate the one person of Christ as God-man, we ought to hold it for certain that, if we are united to Christ by faith, we possess God. His commentaries display a rare combination of exegetical insight, pastoral concern, and theological depth which have inspired generations of Christians.  The dream must have carried some mark of Divinity, which did not allow his mind to hesitate. His most notable theological stance is the belief that God is sovereign in the matters of salvation and election. When a "damsel betrothed to an husband" was convicted of being unchaste, the law condemned both of the guilty parties as adulterers: "the damsel, because she cried not, being in the city; and the man, because he hath humbled his neighbor's wife," (Deuteronomy 22:23, 24.). 18. Mark 2:1 … What took place afterwards, the historian does not inform us. Now the birth of Jesus Christ was in this manner. Next: John Calvin on Matthew 6:13. He therefore did not refuse to admit a stain into his genealogy, arising from incestuous intercourse which took place among his ancestors. In this way I shall leave out nothing that has been written by any of the three Evangelists; and whatever may be found in more than one of them will be collected into one place. Others apply it to a creature of their own fancy, some unknown son of Ahaz, whose birth Isaiah predicted. The prophet rebukes him sharply, and at length adds, "The Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel," (Isaiah 7:14. The purpose of this paper is to present a selection of quotations from John Calvin's Commentary on Matthew. Editor's rating: ... Matthew . by John King [1847-50] Start Reading. Calvin's Commentaries, Vol 32: Matthew, Mark and Luke, Part II, full text etext at sacred-texts.com. The cause of this destruction ought also to be observed; for it is not unjustly, or without good reason, that the Heavenly Judge pronounces us to be accursed. Editor's rating: ... Matthew . 23. The Evangelists, trusting to what was generally understood in their own day, were, no doubt, less solicitous on that point: for, if any one entertained doubts, the research was neither difficult nor tedious. But all to a man need his grace; and, therefore, it follows that they are the slaves of sin, and are destitute of true righteousness. Matthew 1:1-17. The nature of the case made it little short of incredible. And Eliud begat Eleazar. First, he says that Mary was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit Not that this secret work of God was generally known: but the historian mixes up, with the knowledge of men,  the power of the Spirit, which was still unknown. Sacred Texts Christianity Calvin Index Previous Next Calvin's Commentaries, Vol. The third volume of Calvin's excellent harmony of the Synoptic Gospels are combined with his verse-by-verse commentary on the Epistles of James and Jude in this translation by A.W. And Asa begat Jehoshaphat. John Calvin (1509-1564) Commentary on Matthew, Mark, Luke - Volume 1. -- "Whereas Ishmael and Esau were thrown out and banished from it as strangers.". Hence arises another proof, that Christ is God manifested in the flesh, (1 Timothy 3:16.) But we have not yet replied to their objection, that the ancestry of Joseph has nothing to do with Christ. For the promised Redeemer will come, in whom God will show himself to be fully present to his people.". There were two reasons why Christ withdrew into the wilderness. A more correct account is, that he resolved to confine the list of each class to fourteen kings, and gave himself little concern in making the selection, because he had an adequate succession of the genealogy to place before the eyes of his readers, down to the close of the kingdom. 14. By Christ's people the angel unquestionably means the Jews, to whom he was appointed as Head and King; but as the Gentiles were shortly afterwards to be ingrafted into the stock of Abraham, (Romans 11:17,) this promise of salvation is extended indiscriminately to all who are incorporated by faith in the "one body" (1 Corinthians 12:20) of the Church. 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