Inasmuch as many have taken in hand to set in order a narrative of those things which have been fulfilled among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word delivered them to us, it seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write to you an orderly account, most excellent Theophilus, that you may know the certainty of those things in which you were instructed. (
In this prologue, Luke defines his purpose for writing. Though others (by this time Matthew and Luke had penned their Gospels) had shared the story of Jesus, the missionary doctor believes he has a contribution to make to the greatest story ever told.
Luke addresses this Gospel account to Theophilus—“friend of God” as the name means. Maybe he was a “God-fearing” Gentile who was seeking salvation—and so Luke will share the Gospel. Perhaps he was a new convert and Luke will feed him to mature him. Both purposes are evidenced in this Gospel.
Luke’s purpose for writing can be defined as presenting THE SOURCE OF FAITH. If Theophilus were not a saved man, but a seeking man, God connected him with the right person! As Luke had found hope in Christ, so Theophilus could encounter the same eternal solution to the sin problem. Christ is the only hope of the world and we must bear witness to Jesus! Luke inspires us to do the same.
But another purpose is accomplished in this message and it is to provide THE SURETY OF FAITH. If Theophilus were a converted man, he needed to become a confident man. We are built up in the faith through the teaching of the Word. Luke testifies to the truth, “that you may know the certainty of those things in which you were instructed.” We need to avail ourselves of the opportunity to make our faith sure, settled and strong by hearing the Word as it is taught by others and studying the Word for ourselves. Each week a Bible-preaching/teaching church prepares a spiritual banquet for you. Come and feast! The Holy Spirit speaks from the Holy Scriptures!
There is hope for you! There is hope for the world! That is Luke’s message and it is ours to joyfully share 2,000 years after he wrote—and all the way until the end of the age.