Monday, January 24, 2011
The Beneficiary of the Book of Acts - Friend of God
Acts 1:1 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, 2 Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:
3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:
The whole of the inspired Word of God contains a mere 66 books. And yet we find two of them written to this one man, Theophilus. Indeed, how blessed is he!
The Gospel of Luke is the former treatise mentioned here. Note Luke 1:3 for Dr. Luke's previous address to this blessed man.
This man, either a Greek or a Roman, is no doubt a student of Luke of which we know little else, only what these two verses reveal of him.
However, he was blessed with a good name which means "friend of God."
I am blessed by a secondary or spiritual interpretation of these verses which address these two books of the Word to Theophilus. That is that we who are blood-bought, born-again children of the Lord, are also called the friends of God (see Jn 15:15)
Therefore, the books of Luke and Acts are doubly meant for us as they were intended for all who would believe and for the friend of God.