The Gospel of Matthew is the first book in the New Testament. It is a natural link to the whole New Testament because it is filled with Old Testament quotations. What the Lord Jesus Christ did and said fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies. The Sermon on the Mount remains the greatest single sermon in the history of the world. The deeds of the church in the Acts of the Apostles and the teaching of the Epistles naturally flow from the ministry, teaching, and sacrificial death of the Lord Jesus. Matthew sets the stage for all that will follow in the New Testament. Whether it is the parabolic teaching (Matt. 13) or the prophetic teaching (Matt. 24-25), the Gospel of Matthew provides the most complete presentation. The Lord Jesus conquered sin, death, and the Devil, Matthew alone recorded the Great Commission to make disciples of all nations (Matt. 28:18-20). Reading Matthew's Gospel is a sure way of stirring up the believer to his glorious privilege of service.
Christ's every movement and word so captured the hearts, minds, and souls of the Gospel writers that it became their consuming passion after His death to introduce Him to the world. Stewart Custer, in this third of his New Testament commentaries, captures the reverent awe of the apostle Matthew for his Lord, communicating it with the vivid detail, sound scholarship, and vital doctrines appreciated and sought after by earnest students of the inspired Word.