• William T. Howe Ph.D.

October 23, 2021

Daily Reading: Luke 1

Luke 1:4

That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.

Knowing the certainty of the things in which we have been instructed is the lifelong study of any believer in Jesus Christ. Or at least it should be. It is one thing to be instructed about an issue, a matter, a doctrine, or a manner of life and the living of it. It is another thing to know of a certainty that which has been instructed is true.

Many fail in this. They fail to confirm the certainty of that which they have been taught. In the book of Acts, which was also written by Luke, he wrote: These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. (Acts 17:11) This highlights Luke’s insistence that believers not only should receive the word as taught, but they should also study the Scriptures daily to learn conclusively that the things in which they were instructed are scriptural.

This takes time, effort, and energy, but perhaps these three commodities are insignificant to the greatest cost of study. The greatest cost is putting away other things that take the place of study. For example, to read a portion of the Bible daily may mean that the morning news program that is such a part of a person’s morning needs to be turned off. Or perhaps the alarm needs to be set 30 minutes earlier sacrificing sleep for the cause of study. It could be that to spend some time in the evening studying something out from the Scriptures would interrupt time watching TV, or surfing the net, or some other lifelong habit or routine. Yes, to study the Scriptures other things must be sacrificed.

As a matter of priority consider this, “What will be of a greater eternal value, the local news, a few more minutes of sleep, some hobby, or living in light of the Scriptures?” Absolutely, there is nothing wrong with keeping up with current events, sleep, hobbies, or even recreation, as long as they are not prioritized above the Scriptures.

So, Luke wrote to Theophilus so that this person could know that the things he had been instructed in concerning Christ were certainties. While addressed to one person, it is interesting that the name Theophilus means Lover of God, or Friend of God. So, in a way, this book, as well as the entire Bible, was written to lovers or friends of the Lord God. So, enjoy another Gospel account of the life and times of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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