The name of Matthew Henry will always be associated with his famous commentary. All over the world there are Christians who still appreciate the value of his work. For 300 years his exposition of the biblical text, devotional comments, practical wisdom, warm theology, and helpful insights have been of immense value to Christians both in their private devotions and family worship. Preachers and teachers of God’s Word have also found his work a useful tool in the preparation of their sermons and Scripture lessons. Matthew Henry died at age 51, greatly respected during his life for his preaching, wise counsel, and published works. Since then, his catechism and advice on prayer—as well as his popular commentary—have been a source of spiritual nourishment to many.
“ having first made an errand to the throne of grace for assistance.” (Page 107)
“Philip finally won the consent of Katharine’s father and the marriage took place on 26 April 1660” (Page 19)
“The gift of tongues he considers ‘was one new product of the Spirit of prophecy’ and given for a particular reason, that ‘all nations might be brought into the church. These and other gifts of prophecy, being for a sign, have long since ceased and laid aside, and we have no encouragement to expect the revival of them; but, on the contrary, are directed to call the scriptures the more sure word of prophecy, more sure than voices from heaven; and to them we are directed to take heed, to search them, and to hold them fast, 2 Pet. 1:19.’” (Pages 116–117)
“Christian profession, whether he had seen himself as lost and ruined for ever without Christ; whether he had been deeply humbled and broken on account of his sinful nature and actions; whether he had trusted Christ as his Saviour and whether Christ was more than everything to him; whether he had a hatred of every sin both in himself as well as in others and a longing to be rid of it; whether he had a real love for holiness, delighting in it wherever he saw it, including God’s word, God’s day and God’s people, and longing to be made perfect in holiness.” (Pages 51–52)
Philip H. Eveson is a Welshman who has studied the biblical languages and theology at the University of Wales, the University of Cambridge, and the University of London. He trained for the Christian ministry at the Calvinistic Methodist College. After serving churches in South Wales, he was appointed vice-principal of the Kensit Memorial College in Finchley, North London. He as been the minister of Kensit Evangelical Church for twenty-five years and is now the principal of London Theological Seminary, where he has lectured since its inception.