Theophilus (the-oph’-i-lus) Literally, the name means “lover of God.” Davis Bible Dictionary says it means “loved by God.” Smith’s Bible Dictionary, Harpers Bible Dictionary, and Holman Bible Dictionary give the meaning as “friend of God.”
1. The person to whom the books of Luke and Acts were written (Luke 1:3; Acts 1:1). However, his exact identity is unknown. Some scholars believe Theophilus was a wealthy relative of Caesar; others, that he was the benefactor who paid for Luke’s Doctor Degree; still others, that Theophilus was a pseudonym for someone who wanted to remain anonymous; or that Luke wanted to mask his identity with secrecy because of potential persecution.
“Standing before his old friend, Luke, Theophilus receives the book which Luke wrote in order that Theophilus might know fact from fiction in the life of Jesus.”
“Luke wrote an historical account of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and detailed the spread of Christianity throughout the Roman Empire. His intention was to give Theophilus certainty that the “things he had been taught” were indeed true and trustworthy.”
“In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commandment through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. To them he presented himself alive.” —Acts 1:1
Wikipedia – ” Theophilus /θiˈɒfᵻləs/ is the name or honorary title of the person to whom the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles are addressed (Luke 1:3, Acts 1:1). It is thought that both Luke and Acts were written by the same author, and often argued that the two books were originally a single unified work. Both Luke and Acts were written in a refined Koine Greek, and the name “θεόφιλος” (“Theophilos”), as it appears therein, means friend of God or (be)loved by God or loving God in the Greek language. No one knows the true identity of Theophilus and there are several conjectures and traditions around an identity.”
Just like the title of this Christian/Messianic Jewish book and publishing service, we (writers) are first and most importantly, Theophilus: friends of God, who love God.
Secondly, in our love, we seek truth and righteousness through the inspired, inerrant, literal Word of God and through all that is revealed by the power of the Holy Spirit among the many whom He has gifted. These are His disciples who are called upon to share the good news in Christ Jesus, through writing: teachers, prophets, discerner’s, watchmen, wisemen, healers, ministers, storytellers, and exemplars of faith.