The New Testament Canon and Jesus

by Daniel Mann

It seems that the New Testament books became Scripture as soon as they were written and received by the various churches! How do we know this? Well, for one thing, Jesus had commissioned His Apostles to do this very thing:

· “But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me. And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning.” (John 15:26-27)

The Apostles were commissioned to teach the Gospel in two ways. They would testify of what they had seen and experienced, and the Spirit would also provide the rest. But how?

· “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you ALL things and bring to your remembrance ALL that I have said to you.” (John 14:26)

According to Jesus, the Apostolic message would be the product of the Spirit. The Spirit would make up for their the Apostles inability to understand Christ’s teachings and would make the New Testament writings His own (2 Peter 1:19-21):

· “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into ALL the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.” (John 16:12-14)

The Spirit would supernaturally impart all knowledge to them. Jesus subsequently sent them off into the world with His Gospel:

· “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe ALL that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)

He expected a lot of them. They had to teach ALL that they had been taught. However, Jesus never explicitly specified whether their teaching was to be only verbal or whether it was to also include the written Word. However, Jesus did claim that His Words would never pass away (Matthew 24:35), indicating that He environed (?)the New Testament. In either case, their calling could only be accomplished by Divine assistance, and the Apostles also understood this…

The New Testament Canon and Jesus