Another feature of this Gospel is its universality. It comes nearer than other Gospels to the Pauline doctrine of salvation for all the world, and of salvation by faith, without the works of the law.

In the synagogue at Nazareth Christ points out that God might again deal with the Jews as He had done in the days of Elijah and Elisha, 4:25–27; He declares that the faith of the centurion was greater than any He had found in Israel, 7:2–10; sends messengers before his face into Samaria, 9:52–56; demands love of Israel even for the Samaritans, 10:30–37; heals the Samaritan leper as well as the others, 17:11–19; and speaks the significant word: “Blessed are they that hear the word of God and keep it, 11:28.

L Berkhof, New Testament Introduction (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans-Sevensma Co., 1915), 92.