Reliability of New Testament Canon. Michael Goheen Vancouver, B.C. Canada. Starting with two texts. John 5.31-47: “These very Scriptures testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.” John 10.22-42: “My sheep hear my voice.” v.27. New Origins of Christianity.
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God’s authority as canon is not limited to His great deeds in Jesus Christ but extends to their communication in the words and writings of those He specially chose and equipped to be the bearers and instruments of divine revelation, and the written tradition they established, in analogy with the writings of the Old Testament, thereby became the foundation and standard of the coming church. (Herman Ridderbos)
Astonishingly early, the great central core of the present New Testament was already being treated as the main authoritative source for Christians.
- John Barton
We can know the canonical books because of ‘the witness of the Holy Spirit given corporately to God’s people and made manifest by a nearly unanimous acceptance of the NT canon in the Christian churches.’ (Roger Nicole)
‘The Bible constitutes itself the Canon. It is the Canon because it imposed itself upon the Church.’
- Karl Barth