The Bible would certainly be incomplete without the Book of Acts. Luke wrote the Gospel of Luke as well as his sequel we know as Acts of the Apostles. The Gospel of Luke opens with the birth of the Christ. Acts opens with the birth of the Church of Christ.
Luke, the beloved physician as Paul calls him, was probably converted by Paul. Little is actually known of his background or his medical training. Some suggest he is not a Gentile as so many thinks, but rather a Jew. That’s a question we can ask when we enter glory.
The writings of Luke demonstrate an excellent grasp of the Greek language. His use of Greek is considered the best in the New Testament. His observations of history, geography and culture are also extremely perceptive and accurate as we would expect. Henry Morris said this about him:
As far as his own eyewitness accounts in the book of Acts are concerned, he has achieved the reputation of utmost accuracy. One of the most distinguished of all New Testament archaeologists, Sir William Ramsay, is said to have been converted partially through his surprised realization of the precise accuracy of Luke's depiction of conditions in the first century. In his epochal work, The Bearing of Recent Discovery on the Trustworthiness of the New Testament (1915), Ramsay said: "Luke's history is unsurpassed in respect of its trustworthiness" (p. 81). He added later: "…this author should be placed along with the very greatest of historians.”
This historical book of Acts unfolds Christ’s mystery to us in the preaching of the Gospel to the Gentiles. We see the spread of Christianity from Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the uttermost part of the earth. We see how two of the apostles fulfill their mission to share the gospel with all. I pray that we are used here at West Douglas to continue the spread of the gospel. Charles Bishop