Hank Hanegraaff, the host of the 𝘉𝘪𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘈𝘯𝘴𝘸𝘦𝘳 𝘔𝘢𝘯 broadcast and the 𝘏𝘢𝘯𝘬 𝘜𝘯𝘱𝘭𝘶𝘨𝘨𝘦𝘥 podcast, reads Matthew 9: 9–13. Here we find the calling of the very man whose Gospel we are studying. There is a striking brevity about Matthew’s conversion from a greedy tax collector to one who immediately makes restitution, leaves all, and follows after Jesus. What a contrast with the Pharisees. They see that Christ is the miracle worker foretold by the prophets and yet despise Him in their hearts. Matthew sees the miracle worker and is willing to give up all and follow Jesus. No hesitation. No compromise. A life of repentance. His former fortune is now trite in light of Messiah. What that means is that he left earthly vanities for eternal verities. As a result, Matthew becomes a witness to the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Christ. He becomes a witness to the birth of the early church (Acts 2). And he himself perpetuates the growth of the church by becoming a missionary to faraway lands. His gospel itself becomes proof positive that Jesus is the Christ foretold by the prophets.
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