Calling God “Father” in Matthew’s Gospel
We have already seen in part 4 that Matthew was eager
to add the title Son of God where it did not exist in Mark and Luke. Let
us look at one more example of this. On one occasion, Jesus asked his
disciples who they think he is. Peter’s reply is recorded in Mark
(8:29), Luke (9:20) and Matthew (16:6) as follows:
The other side of calling Jesus ‘Son of God’ is to call God ‘Father’. We find in the Gospels that the title Father is also added to the Bible in several places where it did not belong. Matthew was eager not only to call Jesus ‘Son of God’, but also to call God ‘Father’. In Matthew 10:29, Jesus called God ‘your Father’. The identical saying of Jesus is reported also in Luke with the significant difference that in Luke God is called God (see Luke 12:6).
Another example of this occurs in Matthew 10:32-33.
There Jesus is reported to have said:
Another example is the following saying of Jesus:
We do not have space in this series to look at John’s Gospel. But in a separate series we will show, with God’s help, that even more changes occurred in John’s Gospel.
In the next part we will see that Jesus was viewed by his earliest followers as the messiah and prophet of God, but never as Son of God.