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By John Paul Heil

The Gospel of Matthew encourages and evokes its viewers to perform the genuine, actual, and holistic worship required for believers in Jesus to stay within the country of heaven. in line with all that Jesus taught and exemplified concerning genuine worship, believers are invited to counterpoint their worship of God through worshiping and praying to Jesus as God's liked Son, who represents "God with us." also they are invited to counterpoint their ritualistic worship, in particular the baptism and Eucharist instituted for them via Jesus, with a moral worship that extends to others, particularly to disciples, young ones, and "the least ones" with whom Jesus identifies himself, the mercy God wishes for a holistic worship. certainly, a compassionate mercy towards all is the distinct and memorable hallmark that characterizes the subject of worship within the state of heaven, in line with the Gospel of Matthew.

"What an excellent travel of Matthew's theology! From commencing to finish, Matthew tells a narrative of ways God is with us, with consistent invites to reply with adoration, devotion, and the moral worship of a God-directed life. Heil's therapy of this topic is a valuable addition to his sequence on worship in numerous New testomony writings."
--Mark Allan Powell, Professor of latest testomony, Trinity Lutheran Seminary

"This learn of Matthew, like a lot of Heil's contemporary paintings, specializes in one of many key questions that lively the earliest Christians: what's the provider that God wants? With cautious realization to the circulate of the narrative, Heil indicates that Matthew's resolution is better summarized within the phrases of the prophet, 'I wish mercy and never [simply] sacrifice' (Hos 6:6)."
--Nathan Eubank, Fellow of Keble collage; affiliate Professor of latest testomony reviews, collage of Oxford

John Paul Heil is Professor of recent testomony on the Catholic college of the United States in Washington, DC. he's the writer such a lot lately of The Gospel of John: Worship for Divine existence Eternal (2015).

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