Psalm of the Day: Psalm 3
Proverb of the Day: Proverbs 1:20-33
Scripture Reading: Luke 1:1-4
Luke describes his own qualifications for the work of writing a Gospel. He says that he "had perfect understanding of all things from the very first."
It would be mere waste of time to inquire from what source Luke obtained the information which he has given us in his Gospel. We have no good reason for supposing that he saw our Lord work miracles, or heard Him teach. To say that he obtained his information from Mary, or any of the apostles, is mere conjecture and speculation. It is enough for us to know that Luke wrote by inspiration of God. Unquestionably he did not neglect the ordinary means of getting knowledge. But the Holy Spirit guided him, no less than all other writers of the Bible, in his choice of matter. The Holy Spirit supplied him with thoughts, arrangement, sentences, and even words. And the result is, that what Luke wrote is not to be read as the "word of man" — but the "word of God." (1 Thessalonians 2:13.)
Let us carefully hold fast the great doctrine of the plenary inspiration of every word of the Bible. Let us never allow that any writer of the Old or New Testament could make even the slightest verbal mistake or error, when, writing as he was "moved by the Holy Spirit." (2 Peter 1:21.)
Let it be a settled principle with us in reading the Bible, that when we cannot understand a passage, or reconcile it with some other passage — the fault is not in the Book, but in ourselves. The adoption of this principle will place our feet upon a rock. To give it up is to stand upon a quicksand, and to fill our minds with endless uncertainties and doubts.
Prayer for the Day: Dear Lord, thank you that the Bible is the perfect Word of God. Please help me to trust it and live by it.
This devotional was taken from The Gospel of Luke by J.C. Ryle published in 1858
and adapted by Pastor Tim Lewis of New England Shores Baptist Church.