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The Fourfold Gospel

THE PERIOD OF CHRIST'S LIFE PRIOR TO HIS MINISTRY.
1-1. LUKE'S PREFACE AND DEDICATION.
c LUKE 1:1-4.*

      c 1 Forasmuch as many [of whom we know nothing and have even no tradition] have taken in hand to draw up a narrative concerning those matters which have been fulfilled [completed, or accomplished according to the divine will] among us,

  2 even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses [the apostles were necessarily such and there were some few others--Acts 1:21-23] and ministers of the word [the apostles were ministers, and not ecclesiastical dignitaries],

  3; it seemed good to me also, having traced the course of all things accurately from the first [and being therefore thoroughly fitted to write the gospel], to write unto thee in order [not in chronological, but in topical order], most excellent Theophilus [Luke also dedicated the Book of Acts to this man. Nothing is known of Theophilus, but he is supposed to have been a Greek of high official rank];

  4 that thou mightest know the certainty [might have a fixed written record, and not trust to a floating, variable tradition or a treacherous memory] concerning the things [the gospel facts] wherein thou wast instructed.


     

* NOTE.--The four Gospels are respectively represented in this volume by the superior letters a, b, c, and d; and variations in the readings of the four Gospels are inserted in braces, thus: { }.

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These files are public domain and are a derivative of an electronic edition that is available on the Christian Classics Ethereal Library Website. These files were made available by Mr. Ernie Stefanik. First published online in 1996 at The Restoration Movement Pages.

Bibliography Information
J. W. McGarvey and Philip Y. Pendleton. "Commentary on the Life of Christ: Section 1-1". "The Fourfold Gospel". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/tfg/view.cgi?section=T1-1>. Standard Publishing Company, Cincinnati, Ohio. 1914.