by Rev Joel Yong
Many have attempted to write about what had taken place among us. They received their information from those who had been eyewitnesses and servants of God’s word from the beginning, and they passed it on to us. I, too, have followed everything closely from the beginning. So I thought it would be a good idea to write an orderly account for Your Excellency, Theophilus. In this way you will know that what you’ve been told is true.
This introduces the Gospel according to Luke.
It states how the author’s account is a testimony from one who followed Jesus’ ministry closely.
Some speculate that Theophilus was chief magistrate in Asia Minor or a Greek city. In contrast to other supposedly disjointed accounts he had heard – Luke presents a more coherent and orderly account. This account was written so Theophilus could verify for himself if what has been relayed to him thus far, is accurate.
The name ‘Theophilus’ means ‘Lover of God’.
Surely with such a name or nickname- it suggests that he is a pious and zealous man, thus explaining his need to know.
As the year unfolds- may we all be found to be lovers of God who earnestly desire to know the truth and rather than depend on hearsay- pursue worthy testimonies of God’s story that it might confirm our faith today.