- Parent Category: FAQs
- Category: Questions about the Bible
- Published on Wednesday, 18 November 2009 15:08
It would be difficult to find a verse to prove that 66 books complete the Bible. However, careful research of the material shows that it is indeed complete with no other books to be added.
The Scriptures came not "by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved" by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21). Thus, the inerrant Word is divine and inspired (2 Timothy 3:16), making it authoritative and binding.
God superintended the compilation of these manuscripts, so that 40 writers over approximately 1500 years produced the Bible.
The Lord quoted from these writings during His temptations (Luke 4:4, 8, 12). After His resurrection, He expounded "in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself" (Luke 24:27), proving that these writings are the inspired Word of God.
Other versions such as the Septuagint (the Greek translation of the Hebrew Old Testament) and the Vulgate (the Latin translation of Old and New Testaments from the original languages) include a "collection of religious writings" known as the Apocrypha. However, there is no record that the Lord ever quoted from the Apocrypha. This, in itself, indicates these are only historical writings and not divinely inspired.
Thus these 66 books are a unique and complete volume, dovetailing perfectly without contradictions or errors. Let us value and study them, as God’s complete and inspired Word.