It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto you in order, most excellent Theophilus,
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Ambrose of Milan
So the Gospel was written to Theophilus, that is, to him whom God loves. If you love God, it was written to you. If it was written to you, discharge the duty of an evangelist. Diligently preserve the pledge of a friend in the secrets of the Spirit.
Having had perfect understanding. Ï€Î±Î¶Î·ÎºÎ¿Î»Î¿Ï…Î¸Î·ÎºÏŒÏ„Î¹, Greek: that is "carefully investigating," and therefore "having understood."
In order. ÎºÎ±Î¸ÎµÎ¾Î·ÌƒÏ‚, Greek; that is—1. successively, 2. distinctly, in order so as to relate, first the conception of Christ, then His nativity, afterwards His life, and lastly His death and resurrection.
Theophilus. Theophilus was a noble and chief man of Antioch, who was converted by S. Peter and dedicated his house as a church in which S Peter held assemblies of Christians, and placed his chair as primate, as S. Clement relates Recog. lib10 , cap. ult. Baronius conjectures that S. Luke , who was a physician and painter of Antioch, wrote to Theophilus as a citizen and as his own intimate friend; Theophylact adds that S. Luke was a catechumen of Theophilus, for S. Peter by himself was not able to instruct the multitude who came together to be taught the faith of Christ, and therefore he made use of the labours of many others for instru...
Having diligently obtained. Here we see, that although the Holy Spirit regulated the pen of the holy writers, that they might not err; they still employed human means to search and find out the truth of things they mentioned. Even so do general councils, and the president thereof, the holy pontiff, discuss and examine all causes by human means, although they have the promise from Jesus Christ of the aid, assistance, and direction of his holy Spirit; (St. John xvi. 13,) as is manifest from the very first council of the apostles, held at Jerusalem. (Acts xv. 7. and 28.)
Most excellent Theophilus. This word, Theophilus, by its etymology, signifies a lover of God: but here we may rather understand some particular person, by the title given him of most excellent, or best: which, at that time, was given to persons in dignity; as to to Felix, Acts xxiii. 26. and to Festus, Acts xxvi. 25. (Witham)
Kratiste, may signify most powerful from Kratos, strength, or Kratein, to conquer; or, as most ...