The Perfect Man
Commentary on the book of Luke
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Luke, the doctor, wrote the third gospel just as the Holy Spirit led him. This gospel shows our Lord Jesus Christ as the Perfect Man. He was also the Son of God, and Luke makes this plain as well.
The Perfect Man, the Man Christ Jesus, showed us all the glories of God. This book will help you to know the Lord Jesus better and so you will know God Better.
STUDIES IN LUKE
Luke wrote two of the largest books in the New Testament. The Gospel of Luke tells about the life of our Lord Jesus Christ. The book of Acts gives us the story of the early Christians.
Luke was a good friend of the apostle Paul. We see them together first in Acts 16:10,11. In the earlier chapters of Acts, 1-15, Luke wrote about Peter and Paul and many others. He always said, “He did this,” or “They went there.” In Acts 16:10 Luke first speaks of “we”. Luke never wrote his own name, but from the word we it is plain that Luke was with Paul in Troas.
Luke went with Paul to Philippi, and he stayed there for several years. Paul came back and met him again in Philippi, Acts 20:6. Luke went with Paul to Jerusalem where Paul became a prisoner. Luke went to Rome with Paul, who was in chains, Acts 28:16. From the prison in Rome, Paul wrote four letters: Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon. He spoke about Luke in two of them, Colossians 4:14 and Philemon 24. Still later, when Paul was in prison again, only Luke stayed with him, 2 Timothy 4:11.
From these verses we learn that Luke was a doctor and no doubt a Gentile. Luke helped Paul greatly when they traveled together. Paul loved him. The Holy Spirit led these two men to write over half of the New Testament.
The whole Bible includes 66 books in two testaments. The Old Testament tells us that God created man and man fell into sin. God promised that a Savior would come some day and save men from their sins. Most of the Old Testament gives us the story of Abraham’s descendants, the people of Israel. The Israelites who believed God looked for the coming of God’s Savior.
The New Testament shows us that the Savior did at last come. We can read the story of the life and death of the Lord Jesus Christ in the four Gospels. The history of the early Church is in Acts. The New Testament also gives 21 letters which Paul, Peter, James, John,and Jude wrote to churches or Christians in those days. The book of Revelation takes us on to the future time when the Lord will come back to bless men.
God wants to bless men, but the Lord Jesus Christ had to come first and die for our sins. You can see that the four Gospels are central in God’s whole revelation. The Old Testament looks for ward to the coming of Christ. The New Testament after the Gospels shows us the blessing God gives us as a result of His coming. Everything depends on the Lord Jesus Christ.
But why did the Holy Spirit give us four Gospels? We can say at once that no one book could give the complete picture of our wonderful Savior. Even in the Old Testament we have the story of Israel in the desert in Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers, and again in Deuteronomy. The history of the kings of Judah is in Samuel and Kings, and again in Chronicles. So we have two accounts of those days.
The Son of God came into this world as a baby and became a man. When we think of God, the Lord Jesus was His Servant. As to the people of Israel, He came as their King. Matthew shows the Lord as King of the Jews; Mark as the Suffering Servant of Jehovah. Luke writes of Christ, the Perfect Man, and John tells of the Son of God. You see that all four Gospels are necessary. They do not all say the same things about the Lord. Sometimes people wonder how two different accounts can both be true. We can be sure that the Holy Spirit did not lead the writers of the four Gospels to put down any wrong thing.
Robert E. Harlow,a long-time commended worker, went to be with the Lord on March 10, 2003, five days short of his 95th birthday. He was co-founder of Emmaus Bible College, now located in Dubuque, Iowa, and founder, along with his wife, Gertrud, of Everyday Publications, Inc., in Port Colborne, ON. Dr. Harlow wrote more than fifty books, including Come and Dine: New Testament Readings for Every Day (1976). His,Can We Know God? (1958) was the first of a series of books he wrote in simple, "Everyday", English. It has sold some 500,000 copies in more than a dozen languages. A native of Toronto, he was also a missionary in the Belgian Congo.