1 Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, 2 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. 3 With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, 4 so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.
Both the book of Luke and the book of Acts are written by Luke to a man called Theophilus. Theophilus name means “friend of God”.
It seems that in these first 4 verses we see that the disciples have been already writing their eyewitness accounts of Jesus (the gospels).
So here is Luke (possibly the first “theologian”) who has investigated the accounts written by the disciples and declared them as true. He confirms that both the accounts of Jesus and his account of the beginning of the church (Book of Acts of Apostles) are TRUE.
He assures Theophilus that he can be certain what he has learnt is true.
It makes me feel so encouraged that here is Luke not willing to just accept what he has been told or read; but investigates it. I think this is important for all us to investigate what we believe and why we believe it. We may not all be theologians but we can certainly read and access a huge amount of information from around the globe and also ask people to help strengthen our faith and belief.
Father thank you that Luke showed us that, and encourages us to, investigate what we believe. Thank you that he recorded not only the miracles and teachings of Jesus but authored the beginnings of the church. We are so grateful for all those before us who have translated, written, retranslated to bring us the Bible (Your Word) in a variety of ways that we are able to learn more about you and understand who You are.
Written by Ps. Sue Botta