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(Through The Bible) – Matthew (Pt. 2): Zac Poonen (Transcript)

Here is the full transcript of Zac Poonen’s teaching on Gospel of Matthew (Part 2) which is part of the popular series called Through The Bible.

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Let’s continue our study in the Gospel of Matthew, which we saw yesterday was a description of the kingdom of heaven as opposed to the earthly kingdom that the Jews had for fifteen hundred years. And we saw that Matthew wrote especially to the Jews and we could apply it like this to us.

Are we Jews? And we say no. But if you are a Christian and your mind is set on earthly things, you are a Jew. I’m sorry to say that, but you are an old covenant person. The old covenant people, their mind was set on the land of Canaan, on property, on money, on healing, on prosperity, and any believer whose mind is set on these things is living under the old covenant. For such people the Gospel of Matthew is written.

So let’s not write it off saying, well, we’re not Jews. Maybe you are more than you think. It’s not a question of name. Romans two, the last verse is a Jew is not one who is just outwardly in name.

We may say we are Christians by name. It doesn’t make a difference. It’s a question of where your mind is set. And that’s very important. Conversion is a change of mind. Repentance means to change your mind. Change your mind from what to what? Colossians 3 verse 2 says, set your mind on things that are above and not on things that are on the earth. Second Corinthians 4 says, the things that are seen are temporary. The things that are unseen are eternal.

So Matthew is the first Gospel in the New Testament is seeking to lead us, introduce us to this new covenant life which is heavenly. And that’s why you have those laws that we saw in Matthew 5, which are all heavenly. He says, when you were under the old covenant, you were told this is good enough that you don’t murder. But I say to you, that’s not good enough. You’ve got to have purity in your heart.

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