Apr 11, 2010
Divine Purpose in Acts
"In reading Luke and particularly in following the events of Acts, one becomes increasingly aware of the pervasive theme of the divine purpose. This author, more than any other in the New Testament, is consumed by this concept, which he introduces in a variety of ways: by employing terms expressing necessity, through some type of supernatural intervention (voice from heaven, activity of the Spirit, angels, demons, appearances of the risen Christ, dreams or visions, etc.), by using various temporal expressions, or by appealing to the Old Testament and its interpretation."
Earl Richard, "The Divine Purpose: The Jews and the Gentile Mission (Acts 15)," in Luke-Acts: New Perspectives from the Society of Biblical Literature Seminar, ed Charles H. Talbert (New York: Crossroad, 1984), 192.