St Matthew – and the winged man from Revelations
Post 11 –
Matthew is the only one of the four Evangelists who was definitely one of the 12 Apostles of Jesus – the youngest disciple John is generally believed to be the Apostle John, – but there is confusion and debate about “which” John was the actual writer. About Matthew , also known as Levi , writing the Gospel of St Matthew there is little doubt – but still some debate that it might have been dictated or re-written?
Matthew the Evangelist, is therefore the author of the first gospel, which is generally accepted to be the one written from first hand experience ! It would have been hand written on Papyrus , like the document below
Matthew , like all the Evangelists is symbolised by a creature from the Book of Revelation – in his case a winged man, or angel -the symbols are shown and described in more detail below .
- Matthew the Evangelist, the author of the first gospel account is symbolized by a winged man, or angel. This represents Jesus’ Incarnation, and so Christ’s human nature and implies that we should use our power to reason to achieve salvation.
- Mark the Evangelist, the author of the second gospel account is symbolized by a winged lion – a figure of courage and monarchy. Mark has John the Baptist preaching “like a lion roaring” at the beginning of his Gospel and this symbol implies that Christians must be courageous.
- Luke the Evangelist, the author of the third gospel account (and the Acts of the Apostles) is symbolized by a winged ox or bull – a figure of sacrifice which suggests that Christians should be prepared to sacrifice themselves as believers.
- John the Evangelist, the author of the fourth gospel account is symbolized by an eagle – which is reputed to be able to look straight into the sun, suggesting that Christians should be able to look on eternity without fear or flinching.