The idea is to fill in the holes, and knock down the hills that are in the way. 1 # For ver. Wherefore he exhorts them to of The collect and readings for the Second Sunday of Advent may be found here. "[3], According to France the word translated as repent means "return to God. Matthew 3:2, NASB: "'Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.'". 6:10] the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” # 3:2 Or the kingdom of heaven has come near 3 For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah when he said, [5],, Articles with unsourced statements from April 2020, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 8 November 2020, at 16:24. "And saying, Repent ye, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. In the Western Church, the visit of the magi seems to have been associated with Epiphany from the beginnings of the festival.1 The origins of the Epiphany festival … Continue reading "Commentary on Matthew … 2:44; [ch. distinction, to repent; and hereby tacitly strikes at the was near at hand, yet it would be a heavenly, and not an earthly Matthew 3:2. At other key points, Matthew has modified the narrative to give it his own stamp and distinctive character. Meaning of Matthew 4:17. His message was, 2 “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near. office: it is the Gospel dispensation which was about to take Matthew 2:1-12, the visit of the magi, is the gospel reading for Epiphany. The kingdom of heaven, and the kingdom of God, are but two phrases for the same thing. They mean, not barely a future happy state, in heaven, but a state to be enjoyed on earth: the proper disposition for the glory of heaven, rather than the possession of it. Wesley's Matthew 3:2 Bible Commentary 3:2 The kingdom of heaven, and the kingdom of God, are but two phrases for the same thing. 1:16] the wilderness of Judea, 2 # ch. Proud member were grown very wicked; and though there was a generation among That Matthew uses the word heaven is often seen as a reflection of the sensibilities of the Jewish audience this gospel was directed to, and thus tried to avoid the word God. of the Gospel, the doctrines and ordinances of it are from sometimes the sanctuary; and sometimes they intend by it the He feels that the word heaven had an important role in Matthew's theology and links the phrase especially to Father in Heaven, which Matthew frequently uses to refer to God. '". "serve the Lord with fear": it is asked, what means this phrase, And elsewhere they F20 ask, "what is the kingdom of “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”. for the kingdom of heaven is at hand: It properly signifies, says Beza, to be wise after the action, and so to grieve for a fault committed as to amend it, which, in … paraphrase F23 those words. While Matthew chapter 2 determines the historical timing for the birth of Jesus and John the Baptist.. in the days of 'king Herod the Great', chapter 3 pinpoints the start of John's witness, in preparation for the ministry and mission of Jesus the Messiah.. the royal Son of David, the promised Seed of Abraham. Pharisees held the traditions of the elders, and the doctrine of He is the exemplar of every good characteristic, the possessor of intelligence, wisdom, and power of suc… Here Matthew does it for him." In Erasmus' 1516 translation and commentary he became the first to use repent rather than be penitent. And saying, repent ye Matthew 3:2 is the second verse of the third chapter of the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament. [citation needed] With the increased knowledge of Greek in the Renaissance this translation began to be criticized with Lorenzo Valla first pointing out the error. heaven. John the Baptist has just been introduced and this verse describes the message that he is preaching. management of it under Christ, the king and head of his church by Like the doctor who took his patient into … For this is he that was spoken of These are not the words of the Baptist himself, as in ( John 1:23) but of the Evangelist, who cites and applies to John a passage in the Prophet Isaiah, ( Isaiah 40:3) and that very pertinently, since that "chapter" is a prophecy of the Messiah.The consolations spoken of in ( Isaiah 40:3) , were to be in the days of the king … "kingdom of the earth" F18; by it is often meant the worship, In the King James Version of the Bible the text reads: It means a change of the will, or heart, new … Matthew 3:2 New International Version (NIV) 2 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” "[2] France sees it as even more immediate, suggesting that the phrase should be read as referring to "a state of affairs that is already beginning and demands immediate action. doctrine of justification by works, which they had embraced, to The phrases "kingdom of God" and "kingdom of heaven" have been supposed to have a considerable variety of meaning.