The Berean Expositor
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Paul's Gospel had an historic basis (I Cor. 15: 1-10). It had moreover a
definite doctrine of the Person of Christ (Rom. 1: 1-4), the birth, death and
resurrection of the Son of God being basic.
In I Cor. 15: Paul says of the risen Christ "He was seen of Cephas, then of
the twelve". Luke alone mentions the appearance of Cephas (Luke 24: 34).
Luke lays great stress upon the fact that the ceremonial law was observed at
the birth of Christ (Luke 2: 21), which provides a background to the words of
Gal. 4: 4 and Col. 2: 11.
Paul's description of a "widow indeed" (I Tim. 5: 5) is foreshadowed by Anna
(Luke 2: 37).
The acceptable year of the Lord (Luke 4: 19 and II Cor. 6: 2); the title
"steward" (Luke 12: 42 and I Cor. 4: 1); the condition of alienation as one of
death (Luke 15: 24, 32 and Eph. 4: 18); the use of the word "revealed" in
connection with the second coming (Luke 17: 30 and I Cor. 1: 7);  the
comment "for all live unto Him" (Luke 20: 38 with Rom. 14: 7; II Cor. 5: 14);
the reference to the "times of the Gentiles" (Luke 21: 24 with Rom. 11: 25)
and the close association of the ascension with the resurrection observable in the
gospel and the epistles.
Luke's record of the institution of the Lord's supper (Luke 22: 19, 20) is
followed very closely by the record of  I Cor. 11: 23-26,  and it must be
remembered that in both this institution, and the summary of the gospel given in
I Cor. 15:, Paul declares "I have received of the Lord" and "that which I also
Verbal coincidences as the use of  katecheo  "catechize"  (Luke 1: 4;
Gal. 6: 6);  "children of light" (Luke 16: 8; I Thess. 5: 4);  the possible
reference in I Tim. 2: 15 "the childbearing" to the account given of the birth of
the Saviour in Luke's Gospel and the use of the word ophthe in Luke 22: 43
and I Tim. 3: 16 "seen of angels".
If the exhortation "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly" (Col. 3: 16)
refers to a scriptural record, a record moreover that contains the only Christian
hymns recorded in the New Testament then Luke's gospel may be intended by
the apostle under the heading "the Word of Christ". Again when the apostle
beseeches the Corinthian Christians "by the meekness and gentleness of Christ"
(II Cor. 10: 1) some such record as that of Luke seems intended.
Other links with Paul's Gospel will be brought to light when we institute a comparison
between the Gospel of Matthew and that of Luke.