The Gospel of Free Salvation to All Men!

Luke_Universal_MemeThe Gospel of Free Salvation to All Men – By Daniel W. Sheridan (Twitter: @DanielWSheridan)

Paul and Luke were companions in labor. Paul, after a long life of service to the Lord and humanity, facing execution, alone and forsaken by the people in Asia, could take comfort in the fact that “only Luke” was “with” him. Luke and Paul were friends till the end. Their lives and their ministries were intertwined.

Luke’s gospel “takes a universal view of Christ as the Saviour of all men and fulfiller of the aspirations of every human heart. He brings him in contact with the events of secular history in the vast empire of Augustus, and with the whole human race by tracing his ancestry back to Adam.”

Luke and Paul, coincidentally, are the only two New Testament writers who write about Adam because their message is universal. “I bring you good tidings of great joy,” Luke writes, “which shall be to ALL people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” “For as in Adam all die,” says Paul, “even so in Christ shall all be made alive.”

Paul and Luke present a gospel of free salvation to all humanity.

Luke is:

“the revelation of divine mercy” – Lange

“the manifestation of divine philanthropy” – Godet

“the salvation of sinners, by God’s grace, through faith in Jesus Christ, and him crucified” – McClellan

“as Paul led the people of the Lord out of the bondage of the law into the enjoyment of gospel liberty, so did Luke raise sacred history from the standpoint of the Israelitish nationality to the higher and holier ground of universal humanity” – Van Oosterzee

“the Gospel of universal salvation. It is emphatically the Gospel for the Gentiles. Hence the genealogy of Christ is traced back not only to Abraham (as in Matthew), but to Adam, the son of God and the father of all men (Luke 3:38). Christ is the second Adam from heaven, the representative Head of redeemed humanity—an idea further developed by Paul. The infant Saviour is greeted by Simeon as a ‘Light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of his people Israel’ (2:32). The Baptist, in applying the prophecy of Isaiah concerning the voice in the wilderness (Isa. 40), adds the words (from Isa. 52:10): ‘All flesh shall see the salvation of God’ (Luke 3:6)” – Schaff

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