Let's read the Bible project
This is Yoshiki Tsukamoto, the Bible Study Director for ec16.
Here is the fifth column for our Bible reading written by Dr. Yamazaki-Ransam!
Readings for this week (11/27-12/3): Acts 5-11 or Luke 13-15
The Story of the Gospel narrated by Luke (5):
“The Message inherited beyond the generations”
Again this time, let us observe the preface of Luke-Acts (Luke 1:1-4).
“Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.” (Luke 1:1-4 [NIV])
Here, Luke says “just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word”, so Luke is not direct witness about what he was trying to write, especially about Jesus’ earthly life. He wrote the Gospel according to his careful investigation, but he never met earthly Jesus. It means that Luke was not first generation Christian who directly taught by Jesus, but he was second or third generation Christian.
Luke inherited the message of the Gospel about Jesus from older Christians. He summarized the message “orderly”, then tried to tell coherent story to Theophilus.
Yet if the Luke-Acts remained Theophilus’ personal property, and then it was lost when he died, it might not in the Bible today. Theophilus told the story of the Gospel to his surrounding people, and they told to their next generation... then the Gospel was told to us today beyond the generations, ethnicities, and languages.
Our role is to tell the story of the Gospel we inherited to the next generation.
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