This is Day 1 of our Reading Together Scheme. The passage can be read here on the excellent Bible Gateway Site. Any questions can be left in the comment section.
When reading a book, there’s a great temptation to skip over the ‘blurb’ to get straight to the story. It’s important when reading the bible that we spend time considering the introductions to its various books as there are often key messages set out at the very beginning. Here, in these four verses, Luke uses one long, carefully crafted sentence to reveal a great deal about his Gospel.
Even though he is never mentioned in either book, from the earliest times, Luke has been acknowledged as the writer of both the Gospel named after him and the Acts of the Apostles (compare Luke 1:1-4 and Acts 1:1-3). He was a friend and traveling companion of Paul (Colossians 4:14, 2 Timothy 4:11, Philemon 1:24), a gentile (he was not a Jew) and a doctor. He is responsible for writing more of the New Testament than any other writer.
Theophilus, his name means ‘friend of God’, appears only at the start of Luke’s two books. He may have been Luke’s sponsor but no one really knows. The fact he is referred to as ‘most excellent Theophilus’, suggests he was a real person of high standing.
Luke tells us a number of things about his Gospel; it’s based on the word of eyewitnesses, he has carefully investigated, his account is orderly, it concerns the things that have been fulfilled (accomplished, completed) and the purpose is that Theophilus might know the certainty of the thing he had been taught.
We give thanks that God has revealed himself to people, that we have access to the scriptures, that Christ fulfilled his mission and that we can know this certainty.
We ask that God will help us to receive his word into our hearts and that we would seek to put it into practice.