Knowing With Certainty

It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus, That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.

Luke 1:3-4

In these verses, Luke puts forth the reason he is writing the book of Luke.  He addresses it to “most excellent Theophilus,” but it could be addressed to any one of us, for, as a part of the inspired Word of God, it was written to every single one of us.  The reason for the writing is the reason for the writing of the entire Bible: “That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.”

We can be told things and we can hear things.  There are things that are passed down from generation to generation.  Some of those things are known as “wives tales” or “urban legends.”  Others are fairy tales and traditions.  Some of those things might be true, but over the years, much embellishment gets added.  Eventually, the true story is usually nearly lost.  But not so with the Word of God.  He had these things written down so that we could “know the certainty of those things…”

We can read the Bible and have the certainty of knowing that what we are reading is true and from God Himself.  Men’s instructions can be good and they can be false and misleading.  But not the Bible.  It has a certainty that traditions do not have.  We can check the instruction of our pastors and teachers against the certainty of the Bible.  We can use the certainty of the Bible to help guide us through the difficult decisions of life.

It is an honor and a privilege to have the certainty of the mind of God in our hands.  We can read it and study it as much as we want.  What a wonderful thing that we can KNOW these things!

3 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you, Ben

    I’m currently reading in the book of Luke. I keep flipping back to the Mathew and Mark to compare / contrast similarities and differences. Yet, in all of this, we have the assurance that the Bible IS the Word of God…. Attempts have been made to discredit and disprove, but still His words stand.

    “It is an honor and a privilege to have the certainty of the mind of God in our hands. We can read it and study it as much as we want. What a wonderful thing that we can KNOW these things!”
    Indeed it is!!!

    Blessings
    ann

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    • It amazes me just how much time and effort has gone into trying to disprove and discredit the Bible over the years. But it has all been to no avail. The critics are gone and the Word of God remains! What a wonderful Book!

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  2. In so much uncertainty, what a comfort to be able to know His word is certain and always true! God bless you, Ben, as you keep bringing His Word to us!

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