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"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." – Psalm 119:105

Luke – “so that you may know”

 4Thu - Gospels

“Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile an account of the things accomplished among us,  just as they were handed down to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word, it seemed fitting for me as well, having investigated everything carefully from the beginning, to write it out for you in consecutive order, most excellent Theophilus; so that you may know the exact truth about the things you have been taught.”  With these words Luke began his Gospel account.  Like the other Gospel writers, he did not identify himself in the book.  In fact, we only find his name three times in Scripture.  In one of those, Colossians 4:14, we learn that he was a physician.  In another, 2 Timothy 4:11, we get a glimpse of his companionship with Paul – traveling with him to various cities on some of his preaching trips.  In Philemon 1:24 we see that he was more than just a companion, but also a “fellow worker.”

Unlike Mark who began with Jesus’ ministry, Luke reveals more about the birth of Jesus and John – with some insight into the early life of Jesus – than any other writer.  Luke is the only Gospel writer with a sequel, also writing the book of Acts.  With Luke being the longest book in the New Testament and Acts not far behind it, Luke is responsible for around 28% of it.  We can be thankful to Luke for writing – and Theophilus for preserving – “the exact truth” for us to know.

Have a great day in His word!
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