"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
Having certainty in nearly anything in today's world seems to be, by many, a sign of arrogance. We are looked at as prideful if we make an assertive claim that we know a truth, or many truths. However, this becomes a massive issue when we consider that - as Christians - we claim to know "the" truth, and not only is it the truth, but we claim to believe that it is the most significant, and pervasive truth that can ever be known throughout all of human existence. Unfortunately even within Christianity are those who think it is arrogant to believe that we know a particular truth about the bible, and they would also exclaim that it is even downright offensive if we are zealous for that truth. But we are met, in today's passage, with the claim of the purpose for which Luke writes, "that you may have certainty", and this would seem to collide head on with a majority of secular, and Christian thought about having confidence that something is indeed, true. There are certainly things within all areas of study that are up for debate, but Luke, having been inspired by the Holy Spirit to write this, shows that God desires us to have assurance, that we can know with certainty what the bible teaches us, and that being the very truth of God should drive us to a place of zeal for that truth.
As Christians we can have joy and certainty, because the Lord has seen fit to give us knowledge by way of divine revelation. “All things in Scripture are not alike plain in themselves, nor alike clear unto all: yet those things which are necessary to be known, believed, and observed for salvation are so clearly propounded, and opened in some place of Scripture or other, that not only the learned, but the unlearned, in a due use of the ordinary means, may attain unto a sufficient understanding of them.” (WCF 1.7) We are a people who have been saved, and sanctified to see the glory of Christ, and we can go now, telling others with boldness, and all confidence, that what we have learned by way of our faithful pastors, the reformation, early church fathers, the apostles, and our Lord is certainly true and is appropriate for worshiping our Great, and triune God!
- Deuteronomy 29:29
- 2 Peter 3:16
- Psalm 119:105
- Titus 1:9
- 2 Thessalonians 2:13,15