The Gospels

(Arthur T. Pierson, D.D.)

The New Testament begins with the Four Gospel Narratives, which give the life and teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ from four different points of view.


Matthew wrote for the Jew and shows Christ as the Messiah and King, in who, as God’s anointed, were fulfilled the prophecies of the Old Testament and in whom, as His Royal Law-giver, David’s kingdom is revived.


Mark addressed the Romans and exhibits Christ as the mighty God, the Man of divine power, the miracle-worker.


Luke, who wrote for the Greeks, shows Him as the Son of Man and Servant of God, the divine Teacher and Friend of the race.


John especially dwells on the divine nature of Christ as the Son of God, who gives eternal life to every believer.


The object each writer had in view largely determines the contents of his narrative, what it includes and excludes, and thus many differences are explained. There is unity in diversity, Matthew is especially rich in the public discourses of Christ and His parables; Mark, in His doings; Luke, in His gracious ministries; and John, in His private conversations or interviews with disciples. Matthew is the gospel of the Messiah and His Kingdom. Mark dwells upon the mighty deeds of Christ, Luke shows the Divine Man, the Last Adam, and John reveals Him as the Lord of Life, the Divine Word made flesh.