Part A â€“ Explain some of the distinguishing Characteristics of Lukeâ€™s Gospel.
Part B â€“ Explore the significance of Lukeâ€™s teaching on the importance of prayer in the lives of believers.
Lukeâ€™s Gospel is said to be one of the beautiful books written in the New Testament. In a famous phrase Renan called Lukeâ€™s Gospel â€˜the most beautiful book in the worldâ€™. Lukeâ€™s Gospel is also one of the most important books of the New Testament it is a fact that Luke, the only Gentile writer of the New Testament wrote more of the New Testament than anyone else Therefore Luke contains a more detailed history of the life of Jesus, he has recorded events which no other gospel has recorded. .
The most obvious outstanding Characteristic of Lukeâ€™s Gospel is the Universalism. Luke is the only gospel which traces the genealogy of Jesus back to Adam â€“ Luke ch3V38 â€˜â€¦Enosh was the son of Seth. Seth was the son of Adam. Adam was the Son of God.â€™ All four gospels Quote the passage from Isaiah ch40v3 as the foretelling of the herald of the messiah â€˜The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straightâ€™ But Luke is the only one to continue with this quotation: ch3v4-6 â€˜Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth; and all the flesh shall see the salvation of God.â€™ Luke has continued this quotation to include the universal promise.
Luke records the great claim of Jesus ch19v10 â€˜the son of man has come to seek and to save that which is lostâ€™ In Lukeâ€™s Gospel Jesus is portrayed as the saviour for all men, he is a pictured with outstretch arms to hold the whole and a heart to love all men. The kingdom of heaven is not shut to Samaritans.