Sunday, October 20, 2019
“Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His words, lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.” (Proverbs 30:5-6)
The word “canon” is the term used to describe the competed number of books of the Bible – the “closed canon” of the 66 Books of the Holy Scriptures. They are derived from ancient words meaning “measuring stick” and are applied here to designate those books that meet the requirements of being acknowledged s divinely inspired.
The Bible warns against either adding to or subtracting from its contents. Revelation 22:18 makes a conclusive statement, positional in God’s providence and wisdom, at the Bible’s end. While it refers directly to the Book of Revelation, most bible scholars also provide a finalizing footnote on this subject: “Add to or subtract from the Bible at you own risk.”
Because there are many books that claim to be divinely given, a casual or gullible attitude toward them can result in confusion and eventual destruction. It is interesting to note that even in Jesus’ time, several books held by some today to be intended for the OT were in existence then. Yet, in the 64 times Jesus quotes from the OT, not once does He quote from any of those books.
The Bible is complete, completely trustworthy, and sufficient to completely answer anything we need to know for eternal salvation or practical wisdom concerning our relationships, morality, character, or conduct.
You are loved, Pastor Don