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Summary: God use this Gentile to write 28% of the New Testament, he had an illustrious career ahead of him, but he chose to follow the Lord - what will you do with your life? God can and will use you - if you let Him.

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Dr. Luke – 2nd November 2008 am

The character we will look at today wrote more of the New Testament than anyone else – any guesses who it is?

Who is Luke?

It has been suggested that Luke may have been one of the two Greeks who desired to see Jesus about the time of the raising of Lazarus John 12:20-21 And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast: [21] The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus.

It has also been suggested that he was a slave in the household of Theophilus, and that his master had arranged for his training as a physician. It is said that when Luke became a Christian that he told his master about Christ and as a result of his conversion he gave Luke his freedom. This would account for the reason of Luke dedicating both his books to a beloved benefactor.

The man from Macedonia Acts 16:10, it is even possible that he was a fellow student with Paul in Tarsus.

It has also been suggested that Luke could be the “brother” whose praise was in all the churches 2 Corinthians 8:16-18 (Titus’ brother)

When we actually turn to the Scriptures we see that Luke is only mentioned three times.

I. Committed (Submissive) – Colossians 4:14

There can be no doubt about Luke’s scholarship. By birth he was both a Greek and a pagan. We see Paul speaking in this passage about those who are of the circumcision that is the Jewish believers, and other Christians, the Gentile Christians is the group where he places Luke.

This sets Luke apart. He was the only author, among all those that the Holy Spirit used to write the Bible, who was a Gentile.

You may think that God can only use pastors, deacons, teachers, etc…. God can use you……

At the end of Paul’s third missionary journey, he made his way to Jerusalem. We know that this trip ended up with imprisonment at Caesarea. Luke seems to have been with Paul at this time and it’s amazing how the Holy Spirit uses a seemingly bad situation for God’s glory.

Luke now has the opportunity to talk to anyone and everyone who had firsthand knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. Maybe he met with Mary, the Lord’s mother, and she unburdened her heart and told him how it had all happened.

We can picture him going to talk with the officials at Herod’s court, his close friendship with Theophilus would no doubt open the right doors for him. He would spend some time with Philip the evangelist who now lived in Caesarea with his daughters. He would talk to the disciples of John the Baptist.

Whilst at Jerusalem, of course, he would spend as much time as possible with the apostles. Then he would find the people that Jesus had healed, those who had heard Him speak. The Gaderene maniac, the widow of Nain, the woman with the issue of blood, the Samaritan leper who had returned to give thanks, Jarius and his daughter, the young boy who had given his lunch to the Lord. He would find blind Bartimaeus and Zacchaeus, the soldier who crucified Christ. His material grew and grew.


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Donald Carter

commented on Dec 5, 2008

Darren, Surprise! Discovered you on this web site. good thoughts on Dr. Luke Hope all is going well with your work.

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