Posted by: SandreS | August 28, 2009

God Assembles His Book

Whereof I [Paul] am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfill [complete] the Word of God (Colossians 1:25).

We sometimes hear about the “lost books of the Bible,” as if somehow parts of God’s Word had been lost. We will also hear of those who profess to have a “word of revelation from the Lord” again, as if God’s Word was somehow incomplete – and needed some additional words appended.

Over the next few days we well take a brief look at the divine assembly of the book that we call “The Word of God,” or “The Bible.”

How was the Bible actually assembled? How was the so-called “canon” established? How did we get the twenty-seven books of the Greek Scriptures, the so-called “New Testament”? Was it by human standards? Or did God give it to us?

We are often told by “Christian” tradition and theology that the Council of Hippo (A.D. 393) established the twenty-seven books of the Greek Scriptures and that the Council of Carthage (A.D. 397) limited it’s “canon” to those twenty-seven books.

Yet we must seriously reflect, “Is our faith to be founded upon religious councils that met some three hundred years after those books were even written?”

The Bible believer would not be satisfied with such an explanation. This would be to base our faith upon human history and reasoning. Both are, in and of themselves, valueless when it comes to matters of faith!

We need to ask ourselves, What about the saints who lived during the three hundred years prior to these councils? Where was the Bible during this period? Was there a Bible that was finished and complete that the saints possessed prior to the fourth century?

Faith requires God’s instruction on these matters!

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17).

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Bible Student’s Notebook
© 2004, 2009 Bible Student’s Press

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