The Gospel According to Luke
Beginning today I will be commenting on the Gospel According to Luke.
The Gospel According to Luke is unique, in that it is written by a Greek physician who was a colleague of the Apostle Paul. Luke was not one of the original Apostles that Jesus had chosen to carry on the Gospel message. Yet, God chose him to write a Gospel for the world to read. A Gospel written from his unique perspective.
Luke's gospel is written in letter format, addressed to “Most excellent Theophilus”ESV. There is some debate as to whether or not it was written to an individual named Theophilus, or simply to any lover of God. The name Theophilus means, lover of God. Either way Luke's intent was to “write an orderly account”ESV of the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ.
Luke's Gospel account was most likely written in the early 60”s AD. At which time the New Testament church would have been about 30 years old. The Gospel According to Luke is one of two New Testament books written by Luke, the other is the Acts of The Apostles written during the same time period as his Gospel. Luke really is the, New Testament historian.
As we go through his Gospel we will see just how thorough and analytical he is in his approach to sharing the Gospel. It will become obvious that God chose Luke to produce a work that would come from a gentile perspective. The term gentile means someone that is not of Jewish ancestry. Being a Greek and highly educated man gave Luke's writing had a certain appeal to those that had not converted from Judaism.
It is awesome to see how God uses the personalty and ethnicity of people in bringing His WORD to the world. As we progress in our study we will see just how multifaceted Luke's approach is.
Read Luke 1:1-4, tomorrow I will be commenting on the introduction of the Gospel.
© 2012 Leo J. Woodman