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Lyn wrote:

And where does it say that god's revelation to us ended when the last book of the new testament was written????

Our Answer:

Hello Lyn:

Thank you for writing. I'm happy to answer your question. First I'd like to recommend an excellent book on this subject, "The Canon of Scripture" by F. F. Bruce. It covers the complete history of the Bible.

The question is: What in the Bible tells us that no more will be added to the Bible?

The opening sentence of Hebrews puts this question into proper historical perspective, that of the history of redemption: "In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets; but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world." (Hebrews 1:1-2)

Theologian Wayne Grudem writes:

"The exceptional greatness of the revelation that comes from the Son, far exceeds any revelation in the Old Testament, and this is emphasized again and again throughout chapters 1 and 2 of Hebrews. These facts all indicate that there is a finality to the revelation of God in Christ and that once this revelation has been completed, no more is to be expected."

A similar conclusion may be drawn from Revelation 22:18-19

"I warn every one who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if any one adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if any one takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book."

It is clear that these verses primarily refer to the Book of Revelation itself. However, it is not accidental that these words come at the end of the Bible. The Book of Revelation had to be placed as the last book. For most books in the Bible it does not matter in what order they are placed. But, just as Genisis must be first (it tells of creation), so Revelation must be last (its focus is on the future and God's new creation). Thus it is appropriate to understand this strong wording at the end of Revelation as applying, in a secondary way, to the entire Bible.

Another question that might be asked is: how do we know that revelations from "new prophets" are not new revelations that add to the Bible? For example, what about the Book of Mormon or the Koran?

God has given us very clear standards for recognizing His word, and how we can tell whether someone claiming to be a prophet is truly a prophet.

For example, Deuteronomy 18:22 tells that that a prophet, when speaking God's word can NEVER be wrong (God does not make mistakes).

Also, whatever the prophet says most be 100% in agreement with what God has given us in the Bible. God does not change. For example, there is nothing in the New Testament that contradicts or changes anything in the Old Testament. No one claiming to be a "prophet" has met these requirements since the first century. Nothing has been written since the first century has met these requirements.

But, what if someone finds a copy of Paul's second letter to the Corinthians? This letter is referred to in 2 Corinthians, but we do not currently have a copy of this letter. Should that letter be discovered, should it be added to the Bible?

The Bible does not prohibit such a letter, written by an Apostle, from being added to the Bible. However, the answer from Biblical scholars is that they don't know the answer to this question. Our wisest minds say that we will have to figure out the answer to this question, should the time come when we need it answered.

We do know, however, that such a letter will not change any of the doctrines of Christianity, nor will it contradict anything anywhere else in the Bible.

I hope this helps answer your question,

Yours in Christ,
Steve
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