The Canon of Scripture

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Our Lord’s commission is a two fold commission. It is to 1) edify the elect and 2) to witness against those who have been called but not chosen. When you come to realize how few orthodox Christians are willing to “love thine enemies,” even if they are Arabs, then you begin to wonder with Christ, “When the Son of Man returns, will He find faith?”

Yes, it is that simple, so long as you understand that “grace… chastens” (Tit 2:10-12). Once you understand that Truth, then you will never be guilty of “turning grace into lasciviousness.” When you understand that “grace… chastens us to forsake ungodliness and to live godly in this present age,” then you understand what Paul meant when he said:

Rom 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:

The only reason ‘we can’t out- sin God’s grace’ is because God is stronger and more capable than we are. His loving chastening will never fall short of our stubbornness.

No, the apocryphal books are not scripture. I have read them all, and it is painfully obvious to me that they have no place in scripture any more than Josephus or Eusebius. They are, in some cases, good history books. They most definitely are not scripture. I will give you one ‘for instance.’ Second Maccabees ends with the admission of the author that he is but a man and has no doubt made several mistakes in his record of events. He humbly asks the reader to allow for this fact and not hold his errors, when discovered, against him. That is a very good humble attitude for any man to have. It is not however, the way a man under inspiration of the holy spirit writes. Some of the apocryphal books have much good advice, but in the final analysis they add nothing to the scriptures. It is God Himself who has worked all things after the power of His own will. It is He, Himself, who has caused men to accept the 66 books in the cannon as scripture. Eusebius verifies that the books we now have in the cannon of the O. T. are the very books accepted in his day. It was not a Catholic council that canonized Gods word. That task was given to God’s own apostles:

2Pe 3:16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

Peter, and undoubtedly “the apostles and elders and the whole church,” accepted Paul’s letters as being scripture. Paul, would never have accused Peter of writing error to his congregations. What is revealed here is that it was the apostles who had canonized scripture and the later Catholic and Protestant councils simply recognized what was already known and accepted by all. It was in the final analysis God, Himself, “working after the counsel of His own will,” who caused the books that we have to be accepted as scripture. This is not something for men to decide of themselves. It especially is not something with which a sectarian Protestant or a domineering Catholic council would have been entrusted.

Other related posts