Who decided the books that make up the Bible?

Who decided the books that make up the Bible?

Some "Church councils" have served some important and beneficial ends. Constantine convened the first official council at Nice in 325, but that council was to decide its issues by the Scriptures. The council did not decide the Canon (the books recognized as the authoritative rule for Christian living - the inspired books). It was to act on what was already recognized as the Christian Scriptures. Church councils did not decide the Canon. Long before 325, post-apostolic Christian writers referred to various writings as the Scriptures; in total, they referred to the 27 New Testament books we recognize today. Those men didn’t make them canonical, but recognized that they were part of the Canon.

In the New Testament itself are instances where writers recognize other current writings as Scriptures. Paul in 1 Timothy 5:18 Paul treats Deuteronomy 25:4 and Luke 10:7 equally as Scripture. Peter places all of Paul’s epistles on a par with "the other Scriptures" (2Pe. 3:16). The Spirit by inspiration is beginning to make the NT Canon clear. Those who were born of God recognized the authority and quality of the inspired writings.

D. Oliver