Between 65-180 AD, early church writers cited and extensively refer to only the 27 books of the New Testament (cf. Clement, Polycarp, Irenaeus). As ancient commentaries and witnesses of Christ’s witnesses, these early writers delivered the Christian scriptures with named authors without any opponents rejecting their authorship. Not to exclude the historical evidence of early church writers and beyond, the canonicity of the New Testament scriptures can be established internally by the Scriptures. The scriptures reveal that the scriptures were collected under the oversight of Christ’s Apostles in the 1st century AD.
First, look attentively that the Apostle John wrote “And these things we write to you” in the present tense in reference to the Apostles were writing. John said “we” within the context of stating, “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life — the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness” (1 Jn 1.1-4). Apparently, John noted that the Apostles were writing their accounts of the Word, Jesus Christ, for which John recorded that Jesus said they would be guided unto all Truth by the Spirit (Jn 14.26, 15.26, 16.12-13).
Next, Peter said that “all” of Paul’s writings are scripture being a part of “the other scriptures” (2 Pe 3.15-16). In the same epistle, Peter also spoke of “the prophecy of scripture” guided by the Holy Spirit, which must include Paul’s writings (2 Pe 3.15-16). Look carefully at Peter’s words. Peter is not simply speaking of Paul’s writings and all other prophetic writings of the Old Testament. Peter was speaking of Continue reading