Stylos is the blog of Jeff Riddle, a Reformed Baptist Pastor in North Garden, Virginia. The title "Stylos" is the Greek word for pillar. In 1 Timothy 3:15 Paul urges his readers to consider "how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar (stylos) and ground of the truth."
Image (left side): Decorative urn with title for the book of Acts in Codex Alexandrinus.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
The Vision (10/25/12): Why does Luke record the genealogy of Jesus?
Image: We made use of our new pulpit and communion table last Lord's Day at CRBC.
Which was the son of Enosh, which was the son of Seth, which was
the son of Adam, which was the son of God (Luke 3:38).
Note:Here are some of my
notes from the closing reflections in last Sunday’s sermon on The
Roots of the Messiah (Luke 3:23-38).I look forward to continuing our journey through Luke’s Gospel this coming
Why does Luke, under the
inspiration of the Holy Spirit, record the genealogy of Jesus (Luke 3:23-38)?There are at least two important spiritual
points that are being made:(1) the
universal scope of God’s mission; and (2) the sovereign plan of God.
The universal scope of God’s mission
Again, nothing in Scripture is
accidental or coincidental.I think
there is significance first in where Luke traces the line of Jesus.He goes back to Adam (Luke 3:38).Matthew traces his roots back to Father
Abraham (Matthew 1:1).But Luke goes all
the way back to the Garden.
One of the key things this does is
bring emphasis to the universal scope of the gospel.It is not universalism (all men will be
saved), but it does have a universal scope (all sorts of men will be saved).In Athens, Paul will preach to the pagans and
say that the God of the Bible “hath made of one blood all nations of men”
adding “That they should seek the Lord” (Acts 17:26-27).In tracing the line of Jesus back to Adam
(and then, even to God himself), Luke is reminding us that in Christ there is
neither Jew nor Greek., bond nor free, male nor female (see Galatians 3:28).What does the angel tell the shepherds on the
night of Christ’s birth?“Fear not:for, behold, I bring you good tidings of
great joy, which shall be to all people” (Luke 2:10).There is a wideness in God’s mercy that is
evident at the very beginning of Jesus’ life and ministry!
The Sovereign Plan of God
We are called also in this text to
wonder at the wisdom of the sovereign plan of God and his power to carry it
out.In generation after generation, God
was at work, setting up the intricate set of connections that would lead to the
arrival of his Messiah.It could have
been broken at any one of the 70 plus points along the way, but God did not let
that happen.His plans cannot be shaken
and his purposes cannot be thwarted.If
that was true of the sending of his Son as Redeemer it will also be true of the
sending of his Son as Judge.It is also true
of all the promises he makes to his disciples. When we do not understand with certainty all
that happens around us, we can still trust the Architect of history to do all things