Similarities Between The Gospel Of Matthew And The Kingdom Of Luke

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It is easy to see the similarities between the Gospel of Matthew and the Gospel of Luke; both are estimated to have been written between 80 AD and 95 AD, and share close to seventy percent of their content according to many biblical scholars. Among the features shared by the gospel is the common description of the nature of the kingdom of God inaugurated by Jesus. In examining Jesus’s parables, teachings, and miracles in the gospels, one can glean “knowledge of the kingdom of God” in being observant towards who the kingdom is for and what the kingdom accomplishes according to the two gospel writers. One of the central themes that theologians often take note of in Jesus’s teachings, parables, and miracles recounted by Matthew and Luke is the…show more content…
Often misinterpreted as a call for Christians to exemplify “innocence”, Jesus’s proclamation, “Unless you become like a child, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven”, is a stressing of the need for recognition of one’s childlike dependence on God; Jesus calls for trust in God’s mercy and justice. The fulfillment of mercy in the kingdom is evident in the Parable of Unforgiving Servant; “The Kingdom of Heaven may be liked to a king who decided to settle accounts with debtors… When [a debtor who could not pay his large debt] fell down and did him homage… the master was moved with compassion and let him go, forgiving him the loan” (Mt 18:21-27). When the debtor recognized his utter dependence on the master, the master took mercy on the servant. Likewise, God takes mercy on those sinners who repent and recognize their need mercy. The God’s kingdom is the ultimate fulfillment of this divine mercy in that the Lord’s welcoming of those who are so helpless into the salvation is the greatest mercy that exist. Similarly, the kingdom of God is the ultimate fulfillment of God’s justice. Jesus’s commitment to justice and be seen early on in the gospels of Matthew and Luke; Jesus said, “I have not come to abolish the law… Whoever obeys the law and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the kingdom of Heaven” (Mt 5:17-19). Those who follow the law, the embodiment of justice, will be great in the Kingdom. Concurrently, in this fulfillment of justice, chapter thirteen of Matthew promises the expulsion of evil, saying, “The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all who cause others sin and all evildoers. They will throw them into the fiery furnace where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.” (Mt 13:41). These

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