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Luke Prefaceth His Gospel Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, Vol.1, p.69 Luke 1:1-4. Many of the early saints recorded their testimonies or gospels, bearing eyewitness accounts of the divinity of our Lord and of his ministry among men, just as many with personal knowledge of Joseph Smith and his work of restoration have written journals, letters, and histories delineating what took place in the ushering in of this dispensation. Luke had access to many of these ancient gospels. It may be also, as some scholars speculate, that of the four gospels now in the New Testament, Mark was written first; that Matthew and Luke had before them Mark's account when they recorded their testimonies; and that John was familiar with all three accounts. It is apparent, however, that each inspired author had especial and intimate knowledge of certain circumstances not so well known to others, and that each felt impressed to emphasize different matters because of the particular people to whom he was addressing his personal gospel testimony. Of the four gospels now accepted as canonical, Luke alone follows the classical though non-Jewish style of beginning his record with a formal preface. Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, Vol.1, p.69 - p.70 I. V. Luke 1:1. Messenger of Jesus Christ] Luke was a legal administrator. He held the Melchizedek Priesthood, served as an official minister of Christ, quite likely wrote his gospel by assignment of the church officers, and spoke as one having authority. His testimony is binding upon the world and will stand as a witness against the unbelieving before the judgment bar of Christ. The same is true of Matthew, Mark, and John. John Announces Christ's Pre-Existence Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, Vol.1, p.70 - p.71 From latter-day revelation we learn that the material in the forepart of the gospel of John (the Apostle, Revelator, and Beloved Disciple) was written originally by John the Baptist. By revelation the Lord restored to Joseph Smith part of what John the Baptist had written and promised to reveal the balance when men became sufficiently faithful to warrant receiving it. (D. & C. 93: 6-18.) Verse 15 of this passage is the key to the identity of the particular John spoken of. This verse should be compared with Matt. 3:16-17 to learn the identity of the writer. Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, Vol.1, p.71 Even without revelation, however, it should be evident that John the Baptist had something to do with the recording of events in the forepart of John's gospel, for some of the occurrences include his conversations with the Jews and a record of what he saw when our Lord was baptized -- all of which matters would have been unknown to John the Apostle whose ministry began somewhat later than that of the Baptist's. There is little doubt but that the Beloved Disciple had before him the Baptist's account when he wrote his gospel. The latter John either copied or paraphrased what the earlier prophet of the same name had written. The only
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