Luke: The Gospel of the Son of Man (3 of 32) by Stan Coffey

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Luke: The Gospel of the Son of Man (3 of 32)
Through the Bible Survey
Dr. Stan Coffey
May 26, 1991

INTRODUCTION: Authorship - Luke, was a physician who came under the influence of Paul just as Mark came under the influence of Peter. His medical knowledge is reflected in many expressions used both in his gospel and in the Book of Acts which also came from his pen. It has been suggested that Luke might well have undertaken his medical studies at the University of Tarsus. Attached to that university was a school of philosophy and literature and it could have been possible that Luke and Paul were contemporary students. It may have been that in Tarsus they began their lifelong friendship. There is a striking similarity between the thought and language of Paul and Luke. Luke emphasizes such Pauline words and concepts as faith, grace, repentance, mercy and forgiveness. As Mark had written for the Romans so Luke wrote for Greeks. The Greeks were noted for their intellectual power and Luke's gospel is written in a polished literary style and a more classical style than the others

THEME OF LUKE'S GOSPEL: The theme of Luke's gospel is to present Jesus as the son of man. Their ideal of perfect manhood was so strong that they made all their gods in the image of men. Luke presented Christ as the perfect man, one who being both man and God could fully fulfill the deepest aspiration of the Greeks. Luke's gospel is characterized by- its comprehensiveness and it is written so that Luke's readers might have an accurate and orderly narrative of the life, ministry and message of Jesus Christ. Luke himself is named only three times in the New Testament (Col. 4:14, II Tim. 4:11 and Philemon 24). The "we" sections in Acts 16:10-17, 20:4-15, 21:1-18 and 27:1-28:16 indicates that he traveled with Paul. KEY VERSE: Luke 19:10 "For the son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. "

A. The Gospel of Luke was written ...

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