Luke

Luke was a physician and a Gentile believer. He writes to Theophilus to demonstrate the firm historical facts about Jesus Christ.

CHAPTERS: 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

RESOURCES: Summary, Outline, Memorize, Commands, Spirituality


SUMMARY

AUTHOR. Until modern times, church tradition uniformly held Luke to be the author of Luke and Acts.

RECIPIENTS. Several lines of evidence point to the conclusion that Luke wrote primarily for Gentiles:

  1. Luke frequently explained Jewish localities. This would be unnecessary if he were writing to Jewish people.
  2. Luke traced Jesus’ genealogy all the way back to Adam, rather than back to Abraham. The implication is that Jesus represents all people rather than just the Jewish people.
  3. Luke referred to Roman emperors in designating the dates of Jesus’ birth and of John the Baptist’s preaching.
  4. Luke used a number of words which would be more familiar to Gentile readers than the comparable Jewish terms found in Matthew’s Gospel. An example is Luke’s use of the Greek didaskalos rather than rhabbi for “teacher.”
  5. For the most part, Luke used the Septuagint when quoting from the Old Testament.
  6. Little is said about Jesus’ fulfilling prophecies, because that theme was not nearly so important to Gentile readers as it was to Jewish readers.

DATE. It was probably written several years before the time of Nero’s persecution. A timeframe of 58 to 60 AD fits well.

PURPOSE. Luke had two purposes in writing this book.

  • To confirm that the faith of Theophilus was based on firm historical facts.
  • To present Jesus Christ as the Son of Man, the one who had been rejected by Israel. Because of this rejection, Jesus was also preached to Gentiles so that they could know the kingdom of God and attain salvation.

 


OUTLINE

INTRODUCTION

Luke 1:1-4. Luke writes to Theophilus

THE INFANCY NARRATIVES

Luke 1:5-25. Gabriel foretells the birth of John

Luke 1:26-38. Gabriel foretells the birth of Jesus

Luke 1:39-45. Mary visits Elizabeth

Luke 1:46-56. Mary’s song of praise

Luke 1:57-66. John the Baptist is born

Luke 1:67-80. The prophecy of Zacharias

Luke 2:1-7. Jesus is born

Luke 2:8-21. Angels and shepherds arrive

Luke 2:22-24. Jesus is presented in the temple

Luke 2:25-35. Simeon meets Jesus

Luke 2:36-40. Anna meets Jesus

Luke 2:41-52. Twelve-year-old Jesus stays in the temple

PREPARATION FOR PUBLIC MINISTRY

Luke 3:1-14. John the Baptist prepares the way

Luke 3:15-22. Jesus gets baptized

Luke 3:23-38. The ancestors of Jesus

MINISTRY IN GALILEE

Luke 4:1-13. Satan tempts Jesus

Luke 4:14-15. Jesus begins his public ministry

Luke 4:16-30. Jesus is rejected in his hometown

Luke 4:31-37. Jesus casts out a demon

Luke 4:38-39. Jesus heals Simon’s mother-in-law

Luke 4:40-41. Jesus heals many people

Luke 4:42-44. The mission of Jesus is to preach the Good News

Luke 5:1-11. Jesus calls his first disciples

Luke 5:12-16. Jesus heals a man with leprosy

Luke 5:17-26. Jesus heals a paralyzed man

Luke 5:27-32. Jesus calls Matthew to be his disciple

Luke 5:33-39. A question about fasting

Luke 6:1-5. A discussion about the Sabbath

Luke 6:6-11. Jesus heals on the Sabbath

Luke 6:12-16. Jesus selects twelve as apostles

Luke 6:17-19. Crowds follow Jesus

Luke 6:20-23. Jesus pronounces blessings

Luke 6:24-26. Jesus pronounces woes

Luke 6:27-36. Love your enemies

Luke 6:37-42. Do not judge other people

Luke 6:43-45. Judge a tree by the fruit of its behavior

Luke 6:46-49. Build on the Rock Foundation

Luke 7:1-10. A centurion has great faith

Luke 7:11-17. Jesus raises a widow’s son

Luke 7:18-30. John the Baptist asks about Jesus

Luke 7:31-35. An unresponsive generation

Luke 7:36-50. Jesus forgives sins

Luke 8:1-3. Christ’s attitude toward women

Luke 8:4-8. Parable of the Sower

Luke 8:9-15. Why Jesus used parables

Luke 8:16-18. Parable of the Lamp

Luke 8:19-21. The true family of Jesus

Luke 8:22-25. Jesus calms a storm

Luke 8:26-39. Jesus heals a man with a demon

Luke 8:40-56. Jesus heals a woman and Jairus’ daughter

Luke 9:1-6. Jesus sends out the twelve

Luke 9:7-9. Herod wonders about Jesus

Luke 9:10-17. Jesus feeds more than five thousand people

Luke 9:18-20. Peter says Jesus is the Messiah

Luke 9:21-22. Jesus predicts his own resurrection

Luke 9:23-27. Take up your cross and follow Jesus

Luke 9:28-36. Jesus is transfigured

Luke 9:37-42. Jesus delivers a child from demonic possession

Luke 9:43-45. Jesus again predicts his own resurrection

Luke 9:46-48. They argue over who is the greatest

Luke 9:49-50. Anyone not against us is for us

JESUS TRAVELS TO JERUSALEM

Luke 9:51-56. A Samaritan village rejects Jesus

Luke 9:57-62. The cost of discipleship

Luke 10:1-20. Jesus sends out seventy missionaries

Luke 10:21-24. Jesus is thankful for the successes of his missionaries

Luke 10:25-29. The most important commandment

Luke 10:30-37. The parable of the Good Samaritan

Luke 10:38-42 Jesus visits Martha and Mary

Luke 11:1-13. The Lord’s Prayer

Luke 11:14-23. Jesus and the prince of demons

Luke 11:24-26. The return of an unclean spirit

Luke 11:27-28. True blessedness

Luke 11:29-32. The sign of Jonah

Luke 11:33-36. Let your light shine

Luke 11:37-54. Woe to religious leaders

Luke 12:1-3. Jesus warns against hypocrisy

Luke 12:4-7. Have no fear

Luke 12:8-12. Tell people about Jesus

Luke 12:13-21. The parable of the rich fool

Luke 12:22-34. Do not be anxious

Luke 12:35-48. Be vigilant

Luke 12:49-53. Jesus came to set the earth on fire!

Luke 12:54-56. Interpret the signs of the times

Luke 12:57-59. Settle with your adversary

Luke 13:1-5. Repent or perish

Luke 13:6-9. The parable of the fig tree

Luke 13:10-17. Jesus heals on the Sabbath

Luke 13:18-19. The parable of the mustard seed

Luke 13:20-21. The parable of the yeast

Luke 13:22-30. Enter through the narrow door

Luke 13:31-33. Herod wants to kill Jesus

Luke 13:34-35. Jesus weeps over Jerusalem

Luke 14:1-6. Jesus heals a man on the Sabbath

Luke 14:7-11. The parable of the wedding feast

Luke 14:12-24. The parable of the great banquet

Luke 14:25-33. The cost of discipleship

Luke 14:34-35. Salt without taste is worthless

Luke 15:1-7. The parable of the lost sheep

Luke 15:8-11. The parable of the lost coin

Luke 15:12-31. The parable of the lost son

Luke 16:1-13. The parable of the dishonest manager

Luke 16:14-17. The Law and the kingdom of God

Luke 16:18. Divorce and Remarriage

Luke 16:19-31. The rich man and Lazarus

Luke 17:1-4. Causing other people to stumble

Luke 17:5-6. The apostles asks Jesus to increase their faith

Luke 17:7-10. We are unworthy servants

Luke 17:11-37. Jesus heals ten lepers

Luke 18:1-8. The parable of the persistent widow

Luke 18:9-14. The parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector

Luke 18:15-17. Jesus welcomes children

Luke 18:18-23. The rich young ruler

Luke 18:24-30. Possessions and the kingdom

Luke 18:31-34. Jesus predicts his death a third time

Luke 18:35-43. Jesus heals a blind beggar

Luke 19:1-10. Zacchaeus meets Jesus

Luke 19:11-27. Parable of the ten servants

MINISTRY IN JERUSALEM

Luke 19:28-40. Jesus triumphantly arrives in Jerusalem

Luke 19:41-44. Jesus weeps over Jerusalem

Luke 19:45-48. Jesus clears the temple

Luke 20:1-8. Questioning the authority of Jesus

Luke 20:9-19. The parable of the vineyard owner

Luke 20:20-26. Paying taxes to Caesar

Luke 20:27-40. Questioned about the resurrection

Luke 20:41-44. Whose son is the Messiah?

Luke 20:45-47. Beware religious leaders

Luke 21:1-4. A widow’s meager offering

Luke 21:5-7. Jesus foretells the destruction of the temple

Luke 21:8-9. Jesus foretells false messiahs

Luke 21:10-19. Jesus foretells wars and persecution

Luke 21:20-24. Jesus foretells the destruction of Jerusalem

Luke 21:25-28. The return of the Son of Man

Luke 21:29-33. The parable of the fig tree

Luke 21:34-38. Be ready at all times

THE SUFFERING AND DEATH OF JESUS

Luke 22:1-6. Judas conspires to betray Jesus

Luke 22:7-13. Preparing for the Passover

Luke 22:14-23. The Last Supper

Luke 22:24-30. They fight over who is the greatest

Luke 22:31-34. Jesus foretells Peter’s denial

Luke 22:35-38. Scripture must be fulfilled

Luke 22:39-46. Jesus prays at the Mount of Olives

Luke 22:47-53. Jesus is betrayed and arrested

Luke 22:54-62. Peter denies Jesus

Luke 22:63-65. Jesus is mocked

Luke 22:66-71. Jesus is put on trial

Luke 23:1-7. Jesus stands before Pilate

Luke 23:8-12. Jesus stands before Herod Antipas

Luke 23:13-19. Jesus or Barabbas?

Luke 23:20-25. Pilate delivers Jesus to be crucified

Luke 23:26-31. The way to the cross

Luke 23:32-38. Jesus is crucified

Luke 23:39-43. One more sinner to save

Luke 23:44-49. Jesus breathes his last

Luke 23:50-56. They bury the body

THE RESURRECTION

Luke 24:1-13. Jesus Christ is resurrected

Luke 24:14-35. Jesus walks with disciples on the road to Emmaus

Luke 24:36-45. Jesus appears in Jerusalem

Luke 24:46-53. Jesus commissions us to evangelize the whole world

 


MEMORIZE

Luke 1:37. For nothing spoken by God is impossible.”

Luke 1:38. Mary said, “Behold, the servant of the Lord; let it be done to me according to your word.” The angel departed from her.

Luke 1:46. Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord.

Luke 1:47. My spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior,

Luke 1:48. for he has looked at the humble state of his servant. For behold, from now on, all generations will call me blessed.

Luke 1:49. For he who is mighty has done great things for me. Holy is his name.

Luke 1:50. His mercy is for generations of generations on those who fear him.

Luke 1:51. He has shown strength with his arm. He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

Luke 1:52. He has put down princes from their thrones. And has exalted the lowly.

Luke 1:53. He has filled the hungry with good things. He has sent the rich away empty.

Luke 1:54. He has given help to Israel, his servant, that he might remember mercy,

Luke 1:55. as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and his offspring forever.”

Luke 1:68. “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people;

Luke 1:69. and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David

Luke 1:70. (as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets who have been from of old),

Luke 1:71. salvation from our enemies, and from the hand of all who hate us;

Luke 1:72. to show mercy toward our fathers, to remember his holy covenant,

Luke 1:73. the oath which he swore to Abraham, our father,

Luke 1:74. to grant to us that we, being delivered out of the hand of our enemies, should serve him without fear,

Luke 1:75. in holiness and righteousness before him all the days of our life.

Luke 1:76. And you, child, will be called a prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways,

Luke 1:77. to give knowledge of salvation to his people by the remission of their sins,

Luke 1:78. because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the dawn from on high will visit us,

Luke 1:79. to shine on those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death; to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

Luke 4:4. Jesus answered him, saying, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’ ”

Luke 5:4. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep, and let down your nets for a catch.”

Luke 5:31. Jesus answered them, “Those who are healthy have no need for a physician, but those who are sick do.

Luke 5:32. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

Luke 6:26. Woe, when men speak well of you, for their fathers did the same thing to the false prophets.

Luke 6:31. Do to others as you would have them do to you. (NIV 1984)

Luke 6:46. “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and don’t do the things which I say?

Luke 8:39. “Return to your house, and declare what great things God has done for you.” He went his way, proclaiming throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him.

Luke 9:23. He said to all, “If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.

Luke 9:24. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever will lose his life for my sake, will save it.

Luke 9:62. But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for God’s Kingdom.”

Luke 11:9. “I tell you, keep asking, and it will be given you. Keep seeking, and you will find. Keep knocking, and it will be opened to you.

Luke 11:28. But he said, “On the contrary, blessed are those who hear the word of God, and keep it.”

Luke 12:15. Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (NIV 1984)

Luke 12:32. Don’t be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.

Luke 12:33. Sell that which you have, and give gifts to the needy. Make for yourselves purses which don’t grow old, a treasure in the heavens that doesn’t fail, where no thief approaches, neither moth destroys.

Luke 12:34. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Luke 12:48b. To whomever much is given, of him will much be required; and to whom much was entrusted, of him more will be asked.

Luke 12:49. I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing! (NAB)

Luke 14:10. But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes, he may tell you, ‘Friend, move up higher.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at the table with you.

Luke 14:11. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”

Luke 14:13. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind. (NIV 1984)

Luke 14:23. “The lord said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.

Luke 14:33. In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple. (NIV 1984)

Luke 16:10. He who is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much. He who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.

Luke 16:11. If therefore you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?

Luke 16:13. No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. (NIV 1984)

Luke 16:15. He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts. For that which is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.

Luke 17:5. The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.”

Luke 17:6. The Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you would tell this sycamore tree, ‘Be uprooted, and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.

Luke 17:10. Even so you also, when you have done all the things that are commanded you, say, ‘We are unworthy servants. We have done our duty.’ ”

Luke 18:1. He also spoke a parable to them that they must always pray, and not give up,

Luke 18:2. saying, “There was a judge in a certain city who didn’t fear God, and didn’t respect man.

Luke 18:3. A widow was in that city, and she often came to him, saying, ‘Defend me from my adversary!’

Luke 18:4. He wouldn’t for a while, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God, nor respect man,

Luke 18:5. yet because this widow bothers me, I will defend her, or else she will wear me out by her continual coming.’ ”

Luke 18:6. The Lord said, “Listen to what the unrighteous judge says.

Luke 18:7. Won’t God avenge his chosen ones who are crying out to him day and night, and yet he exercises patience with them?

Luke 18:8. I tell you that he will avenge them quickly. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”

Luke 18:16. Jesus summoned them, saying, “Allow the little children to come to me, and don’t hinder them, for God’s Kingdom belongs to such as these.

Luke 18:29. He said to them, “Most certainly I tell you, there is no one who has left house, or wife, or brothers, or parents, or children, for God’s Kingdom’s sake,

Luke 18:30. who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the world to come, eternal life.”

Luke 19:10. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost.”

Luke 21:33. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will by no means pass away.

Luke 22:27. For who is greater, one who sits at the table, or one who serves? Isn’t it he who sits at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.

Luke 24:27. Beginning from Moses and from all the prophets, he explained to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

Luke 24:46. He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day,

Luke 24:47. and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

Luke 24:48. You are witnesses of these things.

Great verses to memorize from the entire Bible

 


COMMANDS

Luke 4:4. Jesus answered him, saying, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’ ”

Luke 4:12. Jesus answering, said to him, “It has been said, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ ”

Luke 6:27. “But I tell you who hear: love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,

Luke 6:28. bless those who curse you, and pray for those who mistreat you.

Luke 6:29. To him who strikes you on the cheek, offer also the other; and from him who takes away your cloak, don’t withhold your coat also.

Luke 6:30. Give to everyone who asks you, and don’t ask him who takes away your goods to give them back again.

Luke 6:31. Do to others as you would have them do to you. (NIV translation)

Luke 6:35. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing back; and your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind toward the unthankful and evil.

Luke 6:36. “Therefore be merciful, even as your Father is also merciful.

Luke 6:37. Don’t judge, and you won’t be judged. Don’t condemn, and you won’t be condemned. Set free, and you will be set free.

Luke 6:38. “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will be given to you. For with the same measure you measure it will be measured back to you.”

Luke 6:42. Or how can you tell your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck of chaff that is in your eye,’ when you yourself don’t see the beam that is in your own eye? You hypocrite! First remove the beam from your own eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the speck of chaff that is in your brother’s eye.

Luke 6:46. “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and don’t do the things which I say?

Luke 6:47. Everyone who comes to me, and hears my words, and does them, I will show you who he is like.

Luke 8:18. Be careful therefore how you hear. For whoever has, to him will be given; and whoever doesn’t have, from him will be taken away even that which he thinks he has.”

Luke 8:21. But he answered them, “My mother and my brothers are these who hear the word of God, and do it.”

Luke 9:23. He said to all, “If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.

Luke 9:24. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever will lose his life for my sake, will save it.

Luke 9:35. A voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him!”

Luke 9:48. and said to them, “Whoever receives this little child in my name receives me. Whoever receives me receives him who sent me. For whoever is least among you all, this one will be great.”

Luke 9:50. Jesus said to him, “Don’t forbid him, for he who is not against us is for us.”

Luke 9:62. But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for God’s Kingdom.”

Luke 10:20. Nevertheless, don’t rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

Luke 10:37. He said, “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

Luke 10:42. but one thing is needed. Mary has chosen the good part, which will not be taken away from her.”

Luke 11:2. He said to them, “When you pray, say, ‘Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.

Luke 11:9. “I tell you, keep asking, and it will be given you. Keep seeking, and you will find. Keep knocking, and it will be opened to you.

Luke 11:28. But he said, “On the contrary, blessed are those who hear the word of God, and keep it.”

Luke 11:41. But give for gifts to the needy those things which are within, and behold, all things will be clean to you.

Luke 12:1. Meanwhile, when a multitude of many thousands had gathered together, so much so that they trampled on each other, he began to tell his disciples first of all, “Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.

Luke 12:4. I tell you, my friends, don’t be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.

Luke 12:5. But I will warn you whom you should fear. Fear him who after he has killed, has power to cast into Gehenna. Yes, I tell you, fear him.

Luke 12:7. But the very hairs of your head are all counted. Therefore don’t be afraid. You are of more value than many sparrows.

Luke 12:8. I tell you, everyone who confesses me before men, the Son of Man will also confess before the angels of God;

Luke 12:10. Everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but those who blaspheme against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.

Luke 12:11. When they bring you before the synagogues, the rulers, and the authorities, don’t be anxious how or what you will answer, or what you will say;

Luke 12:15. Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (NIV 1984)

Luke 12:21. So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

Luke 12:22. He said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, don’t be anxious for your life, what you will eat, nor yet for your body, what you will wear.

Luke 12:24. Consider the ravens: they don’t sow, they don’t reap, they have no warehouse or barn, and God feeds them. How much more valuable are you than birds!

Luke 12:27. Consider the lilies, how they grow. They don’t toil, neither do they spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

Luke 12:29. Don’t seek what you will eat or what you will drink; neither be anxious.

Luke 12:31. But seek God’s Kingdom, and all these things will be added to you.

Luke 12:32. Don’t be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.

Luke 12:33. Sell that which you have, and give gifts to the needy. Make for yourselves purses which don’t grow old, a treasure in the heavens that doesn’t fail, where no thief approaches, neither moth destroys.

Luke 12:35. Let your waist be dressed and your lamps burning.

Luke 12:36. Be like men watching for their lord, when he returns from the wedding feast; that when he comes and knocks, they may immediately open to him.

Luke 12:40. Therefore be ready also, for the Son of Man is coming in an hour that you don’t expect him.

Luke 13:3. I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all perish in the same way.

Luke 13:5. I tell you, no, but, unless you repent, you will all perish in the same way.”

Luke 13:24. “Strive to enter in by the narrow door, for many, I tell you, will seek to enter in and will not be able.

Luke 14:8. “When you are invited by anyone to a wedding feast, don’t sit in the best seat, since perhaps someone more honorable than you might be invited by him,

Luke 14:10. But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes, he may tell you, ‘Friend, move up higher.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at the table with you.

Luke 14:11. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”

Luke 14:12. He also said to the one who had invited him, “When you make a dinner or a supper, don’t call your friends, nor your brothers, nor your kinsmen, nor rich neighbors, or perhaps they might also return the favor, and pay you back.

Luke 14:13. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind. (NIV 1984)

Luke 14:23. “The lord said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.

Luke 14:26. “If anyone comes to me, and doesn’t disregard his own father, mother, wife, children, brothers, and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he can’t be my disciple.

Luke 14:27. Whoever doesn’t bear his own cross, and come after me, can’t be my disciple.

Luke 14:33. In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple. (NIV 1984)

Luke 16:9. I tell you, make for yourselves friends by means of unrighteous mammon, so that when you fail, they may receive you into the eternal tents.

Luke 16:10. He who is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much. He who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.

Luke 16:11. If therefore you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?

Luke 16:13. No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. (NIV 1984)

Luke 16:18. Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery. He who marries one who is divorced from a husband commits adultery.

Luke 18:1. He also spoke a parable to them that they must always pray, and not give up,

Luke 18:8. I tell you that he will avenge them quickly. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”

Luke 18:14. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Luke 18:16. Jesus summoned them, saying, “Allow the little children to come to me, and don’t hinder them, for God’s Kingdom belongs to such as these.

Luke 18:17. Most certainly, I tell you, whoever doesn’t receive God’s Kingdom like a little child, he will in no way enter into it.”

Luke 18:22. When Jesus heard these things, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have, and distribute it to the poor. Then you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.”

Luke 20:25. He said to them, “Then give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

Luke 20:46. “Beware of those scribes who like to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the marketplaces, the best seats in the synagogues, and the best places at feasts;

Luke 20:47. who devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers: these will receive greater condemnation.”

Luke 24:47. and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

Commands of Jesus Christ

 


SPIRITUALITY

The spirituality of the Gospel of Luke is the spirituality of the devotional love of God. You might call it the spirituality of the heart.

Unlike Matthew, Mark and John, Luke is a Gentile. He wrote the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. Paul referred to Luke as the beloved physician.

That’s because Luke was a medical doctor. To be able to be trained as a doctor, Luke would need to have to been an intellectual. But his vast writings convey more than intellectuality.

The Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles show us that Luke had a great, heartfelt devotion to Christ. There’s a very emotional aspect to Luke. He notices beauty. He sees sunsets.

He may have been a romantic. Matthew captures thinking and Mark captures action, but Luke captures loving feelings.

The things that Luke observes and writes will make his Gospel appealing to certain people: those with a deep devotional love of God. People who are in love with Christ, those who thirst for God, those who long for God, those who go on retreats, those who enjoy affective devotional practices: they’ll find the Gospel of the beloved physician a great place to come home to.

If the four Gospel writers were likened to the parts of a body, we see Luke as the heart.

The spirituality of the Gospel of Luke is the spirituality of heartfelt devotion, emotions and beauty. Such a person might appreciate beautiful music or go to art exhibits. They probably feel things rather deeply. They enjoy retreats. They might have charismatic or Pentecostal gifts. This is the spirituality of emotive love.

Here are two Bible verses that capture this spirituality of Luke:

Wisdom 10:12. Devotion to God is mightier than all else. (NAB)

Luke 24:32. They said to one another, “Weren’t our hearts burning within us, while he spoke to us along the way, and while he opened the Scriptures to us?”

If Luke is your spirituality, you’ll want to read anything related to heartfelt devotion.

If the people of the spirituality of love have a weakness, it’s that life is sweetness and happy feelings. It’s hard to cast out demons when your heart is on fire with love. The fire of the Holy Spirit burns hot within them, and they might see reading and study as an obstacle to love and prayer.

THE FOUR GOSPEL SPIRITUALITIES: MatthewMark, Luke, John

 


LUKE

CHAPTERS: 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

RESOURCES: Summary, Outline, Memorize, Commands, Spirituality

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Author: Todd Van Natta

I was given a great gift. It is to be passionate about Jesus Christ and the Bible and the spiritual life. I am a Christian believer. I believe in Jesus Christ. I’m in love with Jesus! I believe the Bible. I love the Bible. For decades, I've been reading it cover-to-cover, again and again and again. I’ve memorized a whole lot of Bible verses. Most of all, I want the Bible to help us fall more deeply in love with God the Father, with Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, with other people, and with ourselves. And I've been reading the great writings from the entire Christian heritage for decades. At Explore the Faith, I share what I have discovered.