The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ, According to Luke
- Luke 1:1 Luke commendeth the witnesses that saw this history.
- Luke 1:1 Many took it in hand, but did not perform: Luke wrote his Gospel before Matthew and Mark.
- Luke 1:2 Luke was not an eyewitness, and therefore it was not he to whom the Lord appeared when Cleopas saw him: and he was taught not only by Paul, but by others of the Apostles also.
- Luke 1:3 It is most mighty, and therefore Theophilus was a very honorable man, and in place of great dignity.
- Luke 1:3 Luke began his Gospel a great deal farther off, than the others did.
- Luke 1:4 Have fuller knowledge of those things, which before thou knewest but meanly.
Now, for a note from Paul.
2 Timothy 3:15-17
- 2 Timothy 3:16 The eighth admonition, which is most precious: A Pastor must be wise by the word of God only: wherein we have perfectly delivered unto us, whatsoever pertaineth either to discern, know and establish true opinions, and to confute false, and furthermore, to correct evil manners, and to frame good.
- 2 Timothy 3:17 The Prophets and expounders of God’s will, are properly and peculiarly called, Men of God.We return to the Tyndale-story.Tyndale went to the Bishop, the “Lord,” of London seeking assistance for the translation of the Bible into England. He got no support there.Tyndale left England never to return. He settled in Antwerp. Sympathetic English merchants afforded him protection.He translated the Greek NT and portions of the OT into English. We’ve told the larger story elsewhere. But, the NT was first published in Germany in 1525. It was smuggled into England, but the Anglo-Italian Lords favored burning them. That happened in London by order of the Lord-Bishop. Anti-Christ was energizing Canterbury and London against the Bible in the vernacular and they both began fiercely attacking Tyndale.On 18 June 1528, Wolsey’s order was issued to nab Tyndale.It took 7 years to track him down. He was arrested near Brussels and imprisoned at Vilvoorde, Belgium. He was tossed into a cold prison before he was murdered with malice aforethought, formation of the intent to murder, premeditation and the actual taking of his life.He had been charged with heresy: believing in justification by faith alone in Christ alone as well as the sufficiency and divine order of the Bible.Tyndale was in his 40s when Anti-Christ’s agents arrested him. Condemned, he died as a heretic. At the stake, he cried out, “Lord, open the King of England’s eyes.”About 2 years later, the fat, 400-lb Imperialist Henry VIII ordered English Bibles into the 9000 churches of England. Little did the malicious Imperialist realize that most of the work was done by Tyndale.Tyndale’s prayer was answered. God can manage Balaam’s asses as well as pagan kings when needed.Tyndale’s legacy still lives. 90% of the KJV was vintage Tyndale. 75% of the 1952 RSV was and is Tyndalian. One died as a hero while the other lived like a beast, an adulterer, and murderer.
- Psalm 22:2 Or, I cease not.
- Psalm 22:3 He meaneth the place of praising, even the Tabernacle: or else it is so called, because he gave the people continually occasion to praise him.Sources“Did You Know?” CH. 16:4.Duffield, G.E. “Tyndale, William.” NIDCC. 990