Chapter # 8 Paragraph # 7 Study # 2
July 5, 2009
Lincolnton, NC

<538> Thesis: Luke deliberately chose to record Jesus' gracious response to the undeserving so that it might be clear what "grace" is like. Introduction: In our initial study of this text, we saw that Luke's "point" seems to be that "faith" in Jesus requires a "no-objections" embrace of Him. This appears to be the reason for the deliberate contrast between the attitudes of the Gadarenes and those of Galilee because the "point" of this last extended text before Jesus commissions His disciples to go forth into the ministry is that effective ministry demands "faith". Thus, not only is it imminently "logical" that "faith" requires a "no-objections" embrace of Jesus (how can one trust anyone with whom they have "reservations"?), it is actually Luke's "point". Now, there is another "problem" area for "faith". Inner reservations will destroy any real faith, but so also will another factor. That "other factor" is given its foundations for our understanding by Luke in the words that are used to introduce the next major demonstration by Jesus that He is actually trustworthy. So, this morning we are going to look into this "other factor".