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.
We don't know Theophilus, but his name means 'Friend of God.' Some say the Gospel of Luke is written to the Greeks. Others say it is written to the 'Friends of God.'
Most Bible scholars believe Luke was a Greek physician: an educated man who traveled with Paul, an inspired researcher into the life of Jesus. Of Luke they write:
'He had diligently searched into these things, had followed after them (so the word is), as the Old Testament prophets are said to have enquired and searched diligently (see 1 Peter 1:10). He had not taken things so easily and superficially as others who had written before him, but made it his business to inform himself concerning particulars. He had received his intelligence, not only by tradition, as others had done, but by revelation, confirming that tradition, and securing him from any error or mistake in the recording of it' (Matthew Henry's Bible Commentary).
' 'Having had perfect understanding' ...The literal translation of the original here would be, 'having exactly traced everything from the first,' or, 'having, by diligent and careful investigation, 'followed up' everything to the 'source,' to obtain an accurate account of the matter'... Luke did not profess to have seen these things, and this expression is designed to show how he acquired his information. It was by 'tracing up' every account until he became satisfied of its truth' (Barnes' Notes on the Bible).
Therein, Luke is believed to have written an inspired, researched and orderly account of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Luke also wrote the Book of Acts.
To Be Continued...
More about Luke from time-proven Bible scholars:
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