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“Exact Truth,” part 2…

 Notice in yesterday’s post the phrase, so that you might know the exact truth about the things you have been taught. We can KNOW that we are reading the “exact truth” anywhere in the Bible; but, let’s look at the “exact truth” in Luke. This truth is about “things.” It is “about” what Theophilus had already been orally taught. Luke will take eyewitness accounts from the servants of the word of the gospel, investigate them carefully, and put them in consecutive order for Theophilus – and us!

The “exact truth” is the NASB translation of the word, “certainty” in the KJV. Vine says it can mean, “sure,” “safe,” “secure,” and it has been translated, “safety.” Webster’s 1828 diffinition is interesting: 1. A fixed or real state; truth; fact. Know for a certainty, that the Lord your God will no more drive out these nations. Josh 23. Luke 1. 2. Full assurance of mind; exemption from doubt. Certainty is the perception of the agreement or disagreement of our ideas. 3. Exemption from failure; as the certainty of an event, or of the success of a medicine. The certainty of punishment is the truest security against crimes. 4. Regularity; settled state.

The word, “know,” in the phrase, “so that you might know,” is “epignosis.” This is the “knowing” that comes from being able to put together all the knowledge you gather from God’s Word into the one theme of His Word with conviction – over and over again – more knowledge upon knowledge. It is putting together the exact truth of God’s mind and purpose as revealed to us in His Word.

Theophilus had been orally taught and would now have a written account. Being orally taught is IMPORTANT! Having a preacher/teacher is absoutely essential to “hearing.” ( Ro 10:14 How then shall they call upon Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?)

The written account will enter the eye gate for “seeing.”

So – we can have a “settled state of mind” when we have studied, put together – over and over again – what we have heard and seen. The deeper knowledge gives assurance and boldness to the things it knows for sure! No doubting! – which is essential for gaining wisdom! Jas 1:5-6 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.

Here are some “wisdom” verses to look up and put together:

Lu 2:40 And the Child continued to grow and become strong, increasing in wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him. (Increasing in wisdom is how a child matures.)Lu 2:52 And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.

Lu 21:15 for I will give you utterance and wisdom which none of your opponents will be able to resist or refute.

Ac 6:10 And [yet] they were unable to cope with the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking.

1Co 2:6 ¶ Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature; a wisdom, however, not of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are passing away;

Eph 1:17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him.

Eph 3:10 in order that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly [places.]

Col 1:9 ¶ For this reason also, since the day we heard [of it], we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,

Col 1:28 And we proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, that we may present every man complete in Christ.

Col 3:16 Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms [and] hymns [and] spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

2Ti 3:15 and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. (Notice – wisdom leads to salvation through faith!)

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September 21, 2010 - Posted by | Exact Truth, How I Read in Context, Learning to read - accurately, Luke and Acts/Letters to Theophilus

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