Friend of God

Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things that have been accomplished among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have delivered them to us, it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught.
Luke 1:1-4
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Friend of God
Luke introduces the Gospel as a well-written, researched, and historical record of Jesus’ life and teachings. God’s people need clear, accurate teaching in order to grow in faith and in service. He addresses his Gospel record to Theophilus, which translates as “friend of God.” The Gospel of Luke is based on firsthand testimony. Luke would have gathered information from some of the apostles, original disciples, and perhaps even members of Jesus’ family, and in doing so, God preserved the witness of His salvation for His creation. The fact that God chooses to interject Himself into our lives in a real way shows us the nature of His relationship with us. He is not a far-off and distant God, but One who knows His creation intimately, having sent His Son into the midst of the brokenness. Our prayer is that the Lord would make us a faithful “friend of God” through Jesus, who has accomplished our salvation by His birth, life, death, and resurrection.
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