During Men Engaged yesterday evening, it was mentioned the growing dispute over whether we have the right accounts of the gospel in our Bible… or possibly, do we have enough accounts?
The question of course referred to recent findings of texts supposedly written by other disciples of Christ.
With relatively little effort on our part, we might put our minds at ease on such matters by taking into account a couple of things.
1. Contrary to what the History Channel would have us believe, there is sufficient evidence to conclude that the Church has always agreed upon these four accounts of the gospel as legitimate to the canon; and yes, even Ante-Nicene.
2. As Christians, who teach that our God spoke everything into existence, and single-handedly redeemed His creation from His own wrath against sin and death, we can believe He has the ability to give and preserve what He chooses for us to hear.
Should we be blunt on this, it was not the Church who gave us the canon at all. J. I. Packer once noted, “The Church no more gave us Scripture than Newton gave us gravity.” God reveals Himself as He chooses and we reap the benefits.