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The Biblical canon can be defined as follows: “The canon is the list of all the books that belong in the Bible” (Grudem, 54). Moreover, the New Testament canon begins with the apostolic writings, because the apostles were given special help by the Holy Spirit to recall and interpret the sayings and teachings of Jesus (John 14:26; 16:13-14). Thus the holders of the apostolic office claimed to possess the authority to speak and write words equivalent to the Old Testament, meaning that there words were the words of God. Peter, for example, claimed that lying to an inspired apostle was equivalent to lying to the Holy Spirit and God (Acts 5:3-4). Peter also stressed committing to memory the words of the Lord and Savior as spoken by the apostles (2nd Peter 3:2). Additionally, the apostle Paul claimed the genesis of his revelations was the Holy Spirit, and that he conveyed them in, “not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words” (1st Cor. 2:13). Similarly, Paul stated that his writings were the Lord’s commandments (1st Cor. 14:37).
Peter also testified that Paul’s writings were divinely relayed, “as also in his letters, speaking in them of these things, which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures” (2nd Peter 3:16). The word translated “scriptures” here is graphe, and it is used 51times in the New Testament, and it refers to the Old Testament every time. Thus, Peter is placing Pauline writings on par with the Old Testament graphe.
Likewise, Paul employs the same logic when advising his young apprentice Timothy about the double honor of elders, “For the Scripture says, ‘You shall not muzzle the ox while he is threshing,’ and ‘The laborer is worthy of his wages’” (1st Tim.
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Additionally, God has spoken to us in these last days in His Son (Heb. 1:1-2). The contrast between the words of the prophets and His Son suggests that God’s revelatory activity through Jesus is the culmination of His work. The glory of the Son that is portrayed in Hebrews 1 and 2 emphasize the finality of God’s revelation through Christ. Therefore, the writings of the New Testament reveal the testimony and interpretation of God’s redemptive work in Jesus, and once the apostles and their authorize contemporaries completed their work, the canon was also complete. We can rest assured that the New Testament is accurate, the canon is complete, and that we are indeed adequate and equipped for every good work.