Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things that have been accomplished among us, 2 just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have delivered them to us, 3 it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, 4 that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught.
Luke endeavours to write a real history for serious minded people. We do not know if Theophilus is a real person or a literary device for all lovers of God. However, Luke has made a careful survey of those living in Israel to find out the details of what really happened.
Jesus, help me to believe more about what is written about you. I want to be organised this summer and go from reading the Bible each day to more intentional reflection. For your glory.
- Who was Luke writing to?
- Is this a literal person?
- How can a historian be confident of Luke’s gospel?
- What is the level of your confidence in Luke?
- How do you get to know Jesus through a book written about him?