The Message Of Salvation By Luke Essay
There are various perceptions of salvation; including what it is and how it can be attained. In one of the most widely quoted passages of Acts, Luke lays out his belief of how salvation is found. He says: “Salvation is found in no-one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). This research undertakes a critical analysis of this biblical verse with a view to understanding and showing what its author might have meant and the verse’s implication for the contemporary Christians.
The message of salvation being presented by Luke comes at a time when Peter (together with John) had been arrested, detained overnight, and brought before the Sanhedrin the following day.1 The accusation was healing a crippled man. Before his accusers, Peter does not attempt to beg for his freedom but boldly declares to them that it is in the name of Jesus that the crippled man was healed. Peter declares that that salvation is only through the name of Jesus.2 They had been asked, “By what power or what name did you [heal this cripple] ?” (Acts 4:7).
Meaning of Salvation According to Luke
This passage offers answers to many questions about the meaning and source of salvation. Luke was clearly using this passage of Scripture to demonstrate to the people in no uncertain terms where salvation comes from. According to him, salvation comes from Jesus whom the Jews crucified. Luke wanted to demonstrate to the Sanhedrin as well…