MONDAY, JANUARY 1
“The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus,
of all that Jesus began both to do and teach…”
A DECLARATION MOST SURELY BELIEVED
The Gospel of Luke is one of four biblical records of the life of Jesus Christ. Gospel means “good news.” Luke is the writer of this gospel. The things written therein are an account of the earthly life of the Son of God. The theme is the plan of God to save sinners from eternal condemnation in the Lake of Fire. The only means is through God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. It is the most wonderful story men will ever hear! The eternal God of the universe came down to earth to become man, to live, to die and to rise again from the dead that men who are bound for hell will go to heaven, to live with Him and be glorified forever.
Since in Luke’s days there was no bound Bible yet, the writings were copied, distributed and passed from church to church for all the saints. This was in spite of them being under the repressive authorities who prevented the distribution of the writings. The Christians fully trusted the Scriptures from the Apostles of Jesus Christ. The scribes sent their writings to all Christians scattered abroad due to persecution.
The Gospel of Luke was written to Theophilus (Greek meaning: love of God). It is likewise addressed to all those who are the objects of God’s love, like you and me. Luke’s Gospel was recorded to confirm that the Christian faith is genuine and trustworthy. The Holy Spirit, working in the heart of the readers, gives illumination that they might know and love Him more and more. Regular reading and meditation of God’s Word constantly reminds us of who Jesus Christ is.
The authenticity and historicity of this record shows the truth of the life of Jesus Christ. The truthfulness of this gospel is most surely believed for the Holy Spirit, through believers, attests to it since its writing. Today, we are to receive this record and share this gospel to those who have not yet known the salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ.
THOUGHT: Do I truly believe this gospel is without doubt?
PRAYER: Father, help me to understand Thy words that I may more deeply know Thy Son Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent for me! “The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach…”