Two mornings ago, I read Luke 1:1-4 for my quiet time with the Lord. It made me think of Paul’s word to Timothy; “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). That statement was important because some were not faithful in the way they taught Scripture.
I believe Luke had the same concern. “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, that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught” (Luke 1:3–4). For Luke, this was not a time for uncertainty, and neither is it today.
This introductory statement tells us much about what had been going on during and before 63AD. It had been 33 years since the Spirit had been given and the Church was formed. The events surrounding the coming of Jesus right through to His death, resurrection and ascension were still fresh in the minds of the disciples and that could not be lost.
Luke tells us that they were “eye witnesses” and he is particularly “having followed all things closely for some time,” wanting to be sure they were properly recorded for those in his day and for our benefit. Others had taught these things, but as a doctor, Luke paid attention to details that he felt were important which others had overlooked.
God has always put in place the right person(s) at the right time and place so we would have no doubt about the accuracy of the Scriptures. Let us be concerned about how we speak of them to others, and remember, the Holy Spirit is the author (2 Peter 2:20-21).
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