- Much, if not all, of the Old Testament as we know it today was accepted as Scripture in Jesus’ day (Luke 24:44).
- The historical evidence suggests that by the end of the 1st century A.D. the entire Old Testament that we know today was accepted as Scripture.
- The New Testament canon was recognized based on strict criteria: 1) they were books written by a known apostle or an associate of an apostle; 2) they were books in wide circulation throughout the early church; and 3) their teachings were consistent with orthodox Christian theology as revealed in other Holy Spirit inspired Scriptures.
- Internal biblical evidence demonstrates that many of our current New Testament books were accepted as Scripture and in wide circulation throughout the early church (Colossians 4:16; 1 Thessalonians 5:27; and 2 Peter 3:15-16).
- Ultimately it was God who brought the canon of Scripture together and protected it throughout the centuries by the divine guidance of the Holy Spirit at work in God’s people.
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