Loving God From All Your Heart: Luke’s Case for Followers of Jesus as the True People of God

Luke’s unique emphasis on loving God from all the heart in his citation of Deut 6:5 in Luke 10:27 has often been overlooked in scholarly discussions on this passage. This paper proposes to explore Luke’s use of εκ and εν prepositions in the four-fold response to loving God in comparison to Matthew and Mark’s versions. By analyzing Luke’s description of Jesus’s work to reveal the hearts of people (Luke 2:34-35; 16:14, Acts 7:51), to reveal the true people of God (Luke 8:15, 10:27, 12:34; Acts 28:26-27), and to transform hearts to love God (Luke 24:32; Acts 2:37, 45; 4:32; 15:8-9; 16:14) in the book of Luke and Acts, this paper aims to provide an explanation for Luke’s emphasis on loving God from all the heart in Luke 10:27. This study of Luke’s theology of the people of God will contribute to our theological anthropology in a deeper understanding of the call to love God with all our heart.

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