Matthew 5:39, Matthew’s Unique Jesus

But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

//Today’s teaching is found only in one book of the bible: The Gospel of Matthew. In fact, a good number of our Christian teachings come only from Matthew. A person, then, who rejects Matthew as not carrying apostolic authority would have a much different view of what it means to be a Christian.

This is exactly what Joshua Woodward argues for in his book, God of Fire: The Hope Reformation. He lists the following topics as unique only to Matthew among the gospel writers. I have not taken the time to research this list, but it definitely is interesting!

Kingdom of Heaven

Heaven or Hell theology

Eternal punishment

Keys of the kingdom of heaven

Primacy of Peter

Righteousness through the law

Jesus rejecting those who do miracles in his name

Separation of sheep and goats based on works

Lust as a precedent for self mutilation

Calling someone a fool or being angry endangers hell

Don’t resist an evil person

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