I just started reading Acts this morning and I was reminded of the affinity I have for Luke and the two books of the Bible that he authored. The Bible and church history teach us that Luke was a physician who traveled with the Apostle Paul on part of his missionary journeys. The thing I really enjoy about Luke’s books are they were purposed to a be a report back to Theophilus. The Bible doesn’t go into great detail about the identify of Theophilus but it does reveal that Theophilus had been taught the message of the Gospel and that Luke wanted to give an accurate account to him so that he would have certainty of the things he had been taught.
I think I like Luke also because his circumstances weren’t all that different from ours. I think like Luke we are challenged to give an accurate account of what we have been taught. I know from my own personal experiences many of the people I talk to about Jesus have many questions about the accuracy and certainty of the message. I think that because Christianity and the church have been such a prevalent part of western culture for more than 2000 years that it is easy for the line between history, church tradition, and the truth to blur. I think our challenge is the same as Luke’s; to present an accurate account of the Gospel of Jesus to those who need to know Him.
I would be remiss if I did not share some of Luke’s writing. This section is from the first chapter of Acts. I like how right in the beginning of his dialogue with Theophilus, Luke goes to the heart of the matter; The Risen Christ.
3 He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.
I know just reading this verse this morning was encouraging to me.
So, who is your Theophilus? Are you able to give an accurate account of the Gospel?
Heavenly Father, thank you Lord for your Word. Father, thank you for moving in men to record your story for our consumption so many years removed from the events. Father, I pray that you would lead us by the Holy Spirit to know with accuracy the account of your Gospel. Father, please empower us today to share your truth with others. Help us be diligent in our studies and in our fellowship and communion with you. Thank you for your grace and mercy. I pray in Jesus name. Amen.