J.C. Ryle’s commentary on the Gospel of Matthew is a profound exploration of the biblical text that offers rich insights for believers seeking a deeper understanding of the Gospel’s message. This volume, part of the Crossway Classics series, masterfully navigates through the passages with a blend of exegetical rigor and pastoral wisdom.

Ryle’s exposition on the Sermon on the Mount is particularly enlightening. On page 87, he delves into Jesus’ words on peacemaking, stating, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” Ryle’s analysis of this verse not only unpacks its theological significance but also provides practical application for believers striving to live out Christ’s teachings.

Another highlight is Ryle’s treatment of the parables found in Matthew 13. His interpretation of the Parable of the Sower (page 162) showcases his ability to illuminate complex spiritual truths. Ryle writes, “The seed sown on good ground represents those who hear the Word, understand it, and bear fruit.” This insight resonates deeply with readers, fostering a desire for spiritual growth and fruitfulness.

Throughout the commentary, Ryle’s emphasis on the sovereignty of God harmonizes seamlessly with the Reformed tradition’s theological underpinnings. On page 214, when discussing Jesus’ calming of the storm, Ryle asserts, “Even the winds and sea obey Him.” This affirmation of Christ’s supremacy resonates powerfully with Reformed believers, reassuring them of God’s ultimate control over all things.

Ryle’s exploration of the Great Commission (page 300) encapsulates his pastoral heart. He emphasizes the urgency of sharing the Gospel, stating, “The field is the world. The harvest is plenteous, but the laborers are few.” This call to evangelism challenges readers to actively engage in the mission of spreading Christ’s message to all nations.

As the pages turn, Ryle’s commentary consistently provides thoughtful explanations, supported by sound biblical scholarship. His insights into Matthew’s Gospel not only shed light on the text’s meaning but also kindle a deeper love for Christ and His Word. The book’s layout and typography enhance the reading experience, allowing the reader to easily navigate and absorb Ryle’s teachings.

In conclusion, J.C. Ryle’s commentary on Matthew is a profound exploration of the Gospel that resonates with believers seeking to delve into the depths of God’s Word. Its theological depth, pastoral sensitivity, and Reformed perspective make it an invaluable resource for both laypeople and pastors.

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Title: Matthew (Crossway Classics Commentary)
Author: J.C. Ryle
Publisher: Crossway