Summary of the New Testament Books
The genre in the book of Luke is gospel. Luke is not only a physician, but also a historian that wrote concerning the perfect humanity of Jesus Christ. Throughout Luke’s gospel the humanity and compassion of Jesus is portrayed in His mission of seeking and saving the lost. In the introduction, Luke emphasized how the beginnings of Christ and John the Baptist intertwined. Jesus prepared for His ministry for over thirty years, which is summarized in one verse (2:52). After being baptized by John the Baptist and tempted by Satan, Jesus began His ministry that lasted only three years. In Jesus’ ...view middle of the document...
John ends with the appearance of the Lord after His resurrection.
The genre in the book of Acts is narrative. The book of Acts is the second volume in a two-part work by Luke. Jesus appeared to His disciples for “forty days” and told them to wait in Jerusalem for the fulfillment of His promise concerning the Holy Spirit. Jesus ascended to heaven and ten days later the disciples are filled with the Holy Spirit. On the Day of Pentecost, 3000 souls responded to the saving message of Jesus Christ. Peter preached a second time and additional souls were saved. Peter and Paul were put in prison and persecuted because of their testimony. Stephen and Philip were selected to assist the apostles in preaching the gospel. After Stephen became the first Christian martyr, Philip moved on to Samaria, preaching to a number of Gentiles, a group hated by the Jews. The church continued to grow despite the persecution it was facing. God used Paul in reaching lost souls in the uttermost parts of the earth. In Paul’s third missionary journey, he was falsely accused of letting Gentiles worship in the temple. The Roman commander saved him from being killed by the mob. Paul was placed under house arrest, continuing to preach and teach, while no one forbade him.
The genre in the book of Hebrews is epistle. Among all the other epistles, Hebrews stands alone in its style and approach. Much like the order of Melchisedec, the origin of Hebrews is not known. In the book of Hebrews, many Jewish believers that came out of Judaism wanted to turn around in order to escape persecution by...