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Luke 1:1-4

Lesson # Luke 1:1-4
Study Material - Luke 1:1-4

You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.

Luke 1:1-4

1 Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile an account of the things accomplished among us, 2 just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word have handed them down to us, 3 it seemed fitting for me as well, having investigated everything carefully from the beginning, to write it out for you in consecutive order, most excellent Theophilus; 4 so that you might know the exact truth about the things you have been taught.

Theophilus means friend of God. Luke herein addresses this letter to his friend and student, Theophilus, who apparently had some high station in life. The title of address to Theophilus as 'most excellent' using the same words that Paul used when he addressed 'most noble' Festus in Acts 26. Theophilus though he had some high station was a positive believer and his position in society did not stand in the way of his attitude toward learning Bible doctrine, or even being taught by one in a relative lower position as far as the world goes. Arrogant and a stuck up nose were not among his flaws.

Likewise, Luke used respect toward others by acknowledging the title and position held by Theophilus. While we are Christians and our home is in heaven and we are members of the Royal Family of God, we are not to think more highly of ourselves and less highly of others. Respect and good manners are the order of the day. Snobbishness and a condescending attitude.

Luke acknowledges that the scriptures were handed down from centuries before by those who were given communication from God and were even on occasion eye witnesses to His works. In addition, there were those who lived with Jesus Christ throughout His ministry, from His time of baptism and first miracle to the Cross, resurrection, and ascension. Luke carefully searched out the information he was about to write and verified through the scriptures of the Old Testament and those who were his contemporaries and eye witnesses.

Luke did not presuppose anything nor did he write anything that was unverifiable or hearsay. He writes to his friend in an effort to help him in his understanding of the things that he had already been taught as well as help and further him in his spiritual growth.

Luke wishes us as well as his friend Theophilus, to be able to learn the 'exact' truth and not be misdirected by those who would distort doctrine for their own selfish ends.

So our task is addressed. We should learn doctrine by means of our daily study so that we will not be fooled or misinformed or misled and therefore moved away from true doctrine. Those who do not study their Bible regularly are a target for the world and are easy prey for being misled. The world is full of negative people. Even in the so called civilized world, or the more prosperous nations, there are huge populations of people who may profess Christianity, but are not in tune with the correct process. Merely going to church on Sunday, or merely reading the Bible on your own is not going to cut it. All young believers start out as infants and infants cannot learn on their own. They must be taught. This is true of all of us, no exceptions. When doctrine is not in your soul, your only guide is the worldly information you metabolize into your soul and that is under the control of your sin nature. Therefore darkness, with respect to God's Word, leads you astray. And many are easily led astray.

Therefore, Luke makes this comment in order that those who do seek God and do pursue spiritual growth, will be assured by his writings, that they are true and accurate. In addition to this we are told elsewhere that all scripture is God breathed. God is the source of the scriptures, not man. Man did not sit back in their easy chairs throughout the centuries and by means of dozens of writers of scripture, and simply make up this collection of books from their collective imaginations. The source of God's Word is God himself. Man is merely the instrument of writing Gods thoughts accurately, 'exactly', so that we may know the truth.

So as we progress through the scriptures in this yet another year of study that lay before us, we need to understand that we are not on a crash course to meet some deadline, but our purpose is to learn God's Word in an orderly and consistent fashion. To establish a regular routine, a habit if you will, for stabilizing our lives and preparing ourselves for the eternal life to come. Remain in fellowship for that is so important. A person out of fellowship goes nowhere. Being in fellowship places you in the sphere of God's power and in the mechanism for growing up spiritually

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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.

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