Sunday, September 11, 2016
Worth Thinking About
" It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus, that thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed." Luke 1:3,4
"The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach. . ." Acts 1:1
Luke addresses both his Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles to a "Theophilus."
Scholars have speculated about Theophilus. Who was he? What is his background? What was his relationship to Luke? And so on.
Sometimes, and you draw your own conclusions, the simplest explanation for an enigma is the correct explanation. It occurs to me that in the Greek "Theophilos" means "Friend of God."
Thus Luke addresses his writings to those who are friends of God-- to you and to me if we have surrendered our will to God's will.