Mighty Men of God[11]: Luke the beloved physician

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Read: Colossians 4:14 Luke the beloved physician greets you, as does Demas.

Examine: Luke is only mentioned by name three times in Scripture, and all three references are in Paul’s letters: Colossians 4, 2 Timothy 4, and Philemon 1.

Little is the author of the books of Luke and Acts in the Bible. Luke was a physician and the only Gentile to write any part of the New Testament. Luke was a close friend of Paul, who referred to him as “the beloved physician” (Colossians 4:14). Paul’s letter to the Colossians draws a distinction between Luke and other colleagues “of the circumcision,” meaning the Jews (Colossians 4:11). Luke is the only New Testament writer clearly identifiable as a non-Jew.

Paul also refers to Luke as a “fellow laborer” (Philemon 1:24). Luke joined Paul in Troas in Asia Minor during Paul’s second missionary journey (Acts 16:6–11).  Luke was left in Philippi during the second missionary journey (Acts 17:1) and picked up again to travel with Paul in the third journey (Acts 20:5). Luke accompanied Paul on his journey to Jerusalem and Rome and was with him during his imprisonment there (2 Timothy 4:11). Luke’s vivid description of his travels with Paul in Acts 27 seems to indicate that he was well-traveled and well-versed in navigation.

A great man quoted this of Luke. So, I say, next to Paul, Luke is the most powerful writing force in the New Testament, and yet he is basically unknown. I don’t think in my life I’ve ever heard a sermon about Luke. His historical narrative spans over sixty years. It starts with the birth of John the Baptist, the forerunner to Jesus, and it ends at the end of the book of Acts, which is volume two of his writings, it ends with the gospel being preached at Rome, which means the gospel has extended to the world. No other writer wrote so comprehensive a history of Jesus and His impact. No other writer goes all the way from the John the Baptist to the gospel having reached the capital of the Roman Empire. He is the most complete storyteller of the saga of salvation in the New Testament, and he is mostly unknown to us

Application: Luke is a very humble man. Luke was the author of the gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts. Luke does not name himself in either of his books, but Paul mentions him by name in three epistles.

Luke took lot of effort to write Luke and Acts, Luke’s purpose in writing the two companion books was so that Theophilus would know with certainty about the person and work of Jesus Christ (Luke 1:4).

Decision: Oh Lord! Help us to be like Luke, Let the purpose of ministry be like what Luke himself said, “Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things that have been accomplished among us”

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