An Alphabetical Analysis
Volume 7 - Doctrinal Truth - Page 15 of 297
Finally the salvation of God is so complete, so assuring, so
unchallengeable, that we are 'persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor
angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to
come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to
separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord' (Rom.
The Light to Lighten the Gentiles.
The distinctive character of this Gospel considered.
In our booklet entitled The Four Gospels, we have set out a few of
their distinctive differences; some of which we reproduce in this book, but
the perusal of that booklet would be a good preparation for the more
intensive study upon which we have now embarked.  While the Gospel of John is
of universal appeal, and its theme Life through His Name* is fundamental to
all callings, the Gospel according to Luke, by reason of the intimate
association of its author with Paul the apostle of the Gentiles, should
appeal very strongly to every member of the Church of the Mystery, the
calling of the present parenthetical dispensation.  By this we do not mean to
assert that the Mystery which was not at the time a subject of revelation, is
either found or hinted at in Luke's Gospel, but under the guidance of the
Holy Spirit, Luke would be led to include or to omit certain features that
are not distinctive of the Gospels of Matthew or John, thereby providing a
record of the earthly life and ministry of the Son of God to which we may
refer without the danger of introducing the many features of Israel's calling
that characterize the Gospel according to Matthew.  Paul would know most of
Luke's story, although it is possible he did not actually see the account
sent to Theophilus.
An exposition of John's Gospel bearing the title Life through His Name
can be obtained from The Berean Publishing Trust, 52A Wilson Street, London
EC2A  2ER.
The writer of this Gospel is the writer of the Acts of the Apostles,
the Gospel being written to one known as 'most excellent Theophilus' (Luke
1:3), the Acts opening with the words:
'The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus' (Acts 1:1).
We find Luke accompanying Paul to Rome, and he is found with him at the
time of the end, Paul saying with evident feeling 'Only Luke is with me' (2
Tim. 4:11).  In Colossians 'Luke, the beloved physician' sends greetings to
the church (Col. 4:14).  The first fifteen verses of Acts 1 are a summary of
the teaching of the last chapter of Luke's Gospel, and form a link between
the two writings.  This overlap is set out in chapter 1 of the book The
Apostle of the Reconciliation.*
May be obtained from The Berean Publishing Trust, 52A Wilson Street,
London EC2A  2ER
From Colossians 4:11 and 14 we gather that Luke was not one of the
circumcision, and if he was, as is usually believed, a Gentile, he stands
unique, for every other writer of the Scriptures was an Israelite excepting