I write to you concerning those,
Who try to lead astray,
Those on the narrow way,
The antichrists, the church’s foes,
Like planets wandering,
To hell their converts bring.
The Holy Spirit dwells in you,
And He supplies your need,
And guides your thoughts and deeds,
And He will show you what is true.
Accept Him as your guide,
And in His help abide.
The Word of God must guard your mind,
It searches soul and hearts,
Dividing flesh apart,
And let it all your actions bind,
The Bible at your side,
And in His Word abide.
The righteousness of God will show,
Within those called by Him,
His blood erases sin.
Not in your works, as you should know.
Then sacrifice your pride,
And in His works abide.
Dear children, oh! abide in Christ!
His Spirit, Word, and grace,
That when you see His face,
You do not shrink or flee His sight,
But rushing to His side,
In confidence abide.
As many have essayed to write an account,
Of Jesus’ deeds and rightly recount.
I also felt burdened to write one as well,
This orderly research I now start to tell,
Theophilus, excellent son in the Lord,
I pray that you may be refreshed by my word.
But how can you trust,
These words of Jesus?
These deeds are eye-witnessed and verified fact,
And each witnessed questions I carefully asked.
And I, one of many, who searched and compiled,
Have found in this message no error defiled.
Most trustworthy word that ever was written,
And any who reads with this truth will be smitten.
Inerrant, divine, and historic – decreed.
Investigate then and now carefully read.
So I, as seemed fitting, began to research,
The life of Lord Jesus to death and from birth.
I interviewed those who then once with Him lived,
This book I deliberate, consecutive give.
With certainty know,
That this happened so.
On the truth of this word you may wager your life.
So then listen I start now the History of Christ.