First, it needs to be pointed out that Luke did not write anything about universal salvation - that everyone would be saved. That is not a biblical teaching and Luke supports all the other NT writers who warn of the dangers of dying in one's sins, being unsaved.
Second, Luke wrote to a more inclusive group...
Best answer: First, it needs to be pointed out that Luke did not write anything about universal salvation - that everyone would be saved. That is not a biblical teaching and Luke supports all the other NT writers who warn of the dangers of dying in one's sins, being unsaved.
Second, Luke wrote to a more inclusive group than did Matthew (who wrote primarily for Jewish people). Luke was a Gentile (a non-Jew) and his account is intended mainly for a Gentile readership.
Third, here are a few points from the gospel itself, showing salvation opened up to Gentile believers in Jesus equally as to Jews. Luke showed that the mission to the Gentiles was initiated by the Holy Spirit Himself, that this was predicted in the Hebrew scriptures, and was part of God's plan to open up salvation on a global scale in the last days. He showed that Jews and Gentiles who make up the Church Jesus started are equally the people of God. Indeed, the central theme of Luke's entire gospel is the salvation of God, as promised in scripture, fulfilled in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Luke starts by introducing Jesus as the promised Savior, the Messiah descended from King David (1:32-33; 2:4, 11). Jesus did not accomplish salvation through military power and conquest but by suffering the fate the prophets foretold, which would result in His resurrection and showing Him to be the Savior of the world (not just of the Jews) (2:11 Acts 2:36; 10:36 Luke also wrote Acts). Christ's followers now take this good news (gospel) to the ends of the Earth (24:44-49).
In Luke 7:11-17 Luke relates the miracle of Jesus raising back to life the only son of the widow of Nain. This caused the crowds to exclaim, "A mighty prophet has arisen among us" and, "God has visited his people today" - meaning the Jews. I would have thought the other resurrection miracle in Luke 7:2 would better point to salvation for those who were not Jews. A Roman Centurion (a Gentile) had a valued slave who he asked Jesus to heal, but he felt unworthy to have Jesus come into his home so said Jesus just needed to say the word, and the slave would be healed. This faith amazed Jesus (who already knew the good report about the man, due to his support of the Jews). So Jesus healed the slave from a distance. It was this Gentile's faith that was crucial. Then came the resurrection of the widow's son. I don't think you should separate the two events which form one story.
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