From the very beginning(Genesis 3:1), the target of Satan’s attack has not been on the institutions of the Faith, but on the foundation of our Faith; God’s Word, ... “Yea, hath God said?” The “subtle attack”, that this thread is about is the lie, that Luke was a gentile! On the surface, this may not seem like a very important issue or question; But the door that this opens, is very important. If a Believer is convinced that Luke was a gentile, the door that this opens, is the lie that everything that God used Luke to write, will be influenced by the fact that He is a gentile. ------------------------ The Lord foresaw this lie, therefore he gave us Luke 1:1-4 V.1 ¶ Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us, V.2 Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word; V.3 It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus, V.4 That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed. On the surface, this passage seems to support the notion, that the book of Luke, was influenced by Luke’s personal opinions.... “Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word” This appears to be saying, that Luke was going to relay to Theophilus, information that he had acquired by interviews with “eyewitnesses”. But just as with the rest of the entire Bible, you need to dig deeper(pay closer attention), to get the truth about what is being said. Therefore, it becomes clear when you closely study verses 1-4, that Verse 2, is talking about all the secular writings about the Lord and His life that were being written. But then we come to verses 3 & 4. In Luke 1:3, Luke tells us, that what he says in Luke, comes from a “perfect understanding of all things”. By the way, no human being can have “a perfect understanding of all things”! We are all sinners and all of “our opinions” have been tainted by sin! Therefore, where did Luke get this “perfect understanding”. Look at the next 4 words, “from the very first”. These 4 English words, are translated from 1 Greek word(anothen), and in this context, that means “from the LORD”! Other places you find this word is....... "Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again." (John 3:7) and "Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power [at all] against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin." (John 19:11) ------------------------ Therefore the LORD used Luke to give us GOD’S WORDS, not man’s words! And if we can be convinced that Luke was a Gentile, than this is a subtle attack on God’s Word!