The Canon of Scripture

Bearing God's Signature

When writing letters to friends and family, it is normative to sign your name below the closing. Our signature bears the mark of our authenticity. The same is true when writing checks. We give the document our authorization. Sometimes, investigators will use signatures to prove cases.

The same is true of Bible. When looking through the manuscripts in question, we look to see if God’s signature is upon it. In other words, we ask ourselves, “Does this document appear to be the writing of God?”

Without getting into complex details of how we got our books of the Bible, we would say that all sixty-six books found in the protestant Bible bear the signature of God. They are clearly messages of divine inspiration. In a more complex sense, this is called the canon of Scripture.

The word canon means standard or measurement. When we speak of “the canon of Scripture,” we are talking about a specific list of books that have meet the standard of divine authorship. The sixty-six books of the Bible clearly bear the signature of God. They have divine authorship.

The bigger question is not which books are included, but how the included books were measured. To answer this, we would need much more time and energy since it is best explained through the culmination of creation’s existence. However, a simple explanation of the how people recognize God’s signature throughout time may suffice.

Throughout time, God has been speaking to mankind in many ways. He first spoke to Adam walking freely through the garden. He then spoke to Prophets who would communicate to His people. His speaking reached its climax when when He spoke through Jesus.

No matter how He spoke, He spoke consistently and clearly. The Jews, God’s chosen people, recognized the voice of God as a child would recognize his or her father. They knew when God was speaking because He spoke to them so much. So, as God would speak through His prophets, the Jews would receive the messages. The messages would bear God’s signature and divine authorship.

In short, with no intention to trivialize the matter, we know the sixty-six books of the Bible to be God’s writings. They have no contradiction with each other, with history, or with science. They consistently communicate the same divine message. And they have been proved in various ways.

For these reasons, and many more, we can be sure that the sixty-six books of the Bible are in fact Holy Scripture – God’s writings to us.

Verses for further reflection:
Hebrews 1:1-2
Exodus 32:16
Luke 24:44-56

Posted by Jacob Abshire on April 28th, 2009 - 8:26 pm
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