I’m going to do my favorite thing – a deep dive into the Gospel of Luke. I love to study whole books of the Bible, digging in and chewing on the text. There is so much below the surface of Scripture that broadens our understanding and adds color and texture to the inspired Word of God. I hope it’s okay that I share some of my gleanings with you. It’s a slow process – I’ve only gotten through the first four verses of the first chapter of Luke this morning, but already find a wealth of treasure.
Luke was a physician, a companion of Paul and scholars believe he was a Gentile (a non-Jew) and likely a Greek. Taken together, both of his books, Luke and Acts, are a primer and an apologetic for the Christian faith and the growth of the Gospel.
Though he was a disciple of the Apostles of Christ, (v. 2) he was not satisfied to just receive stories about Jesus. He “carefully investigated everything from the beginning,” and put together “an orderly account” of Jesus’ life, teachings, and ministry. He wanted the recipient of his writings, “most excellent Theophilus” – and you and I – to be “certain of the things you have been taught.”
That begs the question: Are you certain of the things you have been taught about Jesus? Or are you just passively listening to Bible stories? That will never stand up under the opposition of the world and the persecution that is coming to believers. Beloved, you need to know what you believe so that you can believe what you know. Do your own “careful investigation.” Don’t skim over three chapters a day on your way to the end of Revelation. Take as long as you need “to be certain of the things you have been taught.” Study the Scriptures like a man seeking buried treasure. Chew on the text like a dog with a bone. Follow cross-references, look up words, read it in different translations, take notes. Ask questions of the text: “Who, what, where, when, why, how?”
The Bible is a living Word, inspired and empowered by the Spirit of God. You and I need to know it intimately. Moses said it perfectly, “These are not just idle words for you – they are your life” (Deuteronomy 32:47). Are you ready to dig in to the life-giving Word?