February 18, 2022
“Dear Theophilos: Many have undertaken to compile a narrative about the events that have been fulfilled among us...”
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“Dear Theophilos: Many have undertaken to compile a narrative about the events that have been fulfilled among us, just as the original eyewitnesses and servants of the word handed them down to us. It also seemed good to me, since I have carefully investigated everything from the very first, to write to you in orderly sequence, most excellent Theophilus, so that you know the certainty of the things about which you have been instructed.” Luke 1:1-4
The person, Theophilos, addressed in verse 3 as “most excellent” (or in other translations, “Your Excellence”) was, by most accounts, an upper-classed Greek man. Luke also penned the book of Acts to the same, Theophilos. Luke’s purpose for recording these accounts is revealed in verse 4, “so that you will know the certainty of the things about which you have been instructed.”
There is another opinion as to Theophilos’ identity: The generic disciple. Some theologians hold that Luke was not writing specifically to anyone rather to ALL believers. The reason they give is in the Greek meaning of “Theophilos.” “Theo” means “God.” “Philo” means “Love.”
When you put the two words together, “Theophilos” means “Lover of God.”
Whether written to a specific person or to all believers, Luke’s letter comes from a sincere desire to accurately and clearly communicate the Gospel.
In Luke’s passion, we are challenged. Is there a person whom you are convinced needs to know God but will never darken the doorway of a congregational service? God wants YOU to share the Gospel with them from your first-hand perspective.
You are an eyewitness to what Jesus has done in your life. You are the expert on His involvement in your personal transformation. No matter what the World says about God, Jesus, or the Bible, they cannot refute your personal experience. That is why the personal testimony is the most powerful weapon in a new believer’s spiritual arsenal. It refutes all arguments.
“And seeing the man who had been healed standing with Peter and John, the Sanhedrin could say nothing against it.” Acts 3:14
Eventually, followers of Jesus should be gaining knowledge of the Scriptures as they pursue them daily. But initially, the “testimony” is more than enough witness and has been proven to be a powerful tool of evangelism…even moments after one’s salvation.
How much time have you spent carefully working out how orderly you can articulate the Gospel to a friend? You don’t have to be a scholar or even greatly intelligent. You simply have to care, be passionate about seeing souls saved and share your testimony!