Let's read the Bible project
This is Yoshiki Tsukamoto, the Bible Study Director for ec16.
Here is the seventh column for our Bible reading written by Dr. Yamazaki-Ransam!
Only one more column is left. EC is coming soon!
Readings for this week (12/11-17): Acts 19-25 or Luke 19-21
The Story of the Gospel narrated by Luke (7):
“The Salvation in Luke-Acts”
The important theme of Luke is “salvation”. In the story of Christmas in Luke, main theme is that Jesus is “Savior” (2:11). When the infant Jesus was taken to the Temple to offer him to God, Simeon took Jesus in his arms and said as follows.
“Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.” (Luke 1:29-32, NIV)
What we should focus is Simeon said that the salvation of God which was about to fulfill was for all people. Jesus is the one bring salvation not only to Israel but whole human beings. In 3:6, quoting the book of Isaiah, Luke says that “and all people will see God’s salvation” (NIV).
In the books of the Gospel, Jesus’ ministry was generally limited for Jews. Yet in the book of Acts, the Gospel was proclaimed to Gentiles as well; the promise in the books of Gospel was fulfilled. In the end of the book of Acts, Paul clearly says “God’s salvation has been sent to the Gentiles” (Acts 28:28, NIV)
It was planned by God from the time of the Old Testament that the salvation starts from Israel to the whole nations. In Acts 13:47, quoting Isaiah 49:6, Paul and Barnabas says “for this is what the Lord has commanded us: ‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’”. Luke-Acts draws how the promise “all peoples on earth will be blessed through you” (Genesis 12:3, NIV) which was given to Abraham by God developed in the history.
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