As we have been looking at the doctrine of Scripture, we saw last month that the rule or canon for determining which books are Scripture is their inspiration from God. The authority of the Old and New Testaments as Scripture does not depend upon Jewish or Christian councils or decrees, or the church, but upon God alone. The Old and New Testaments, therefore, reveal their divine authority as Scripture by the majesty and unity of their teachings and by their power to convert sinners and to build up believers to salvation. But the ultimate assurance that the Old and New Testaments are Holy Scripture must come from the working and conviction of the Holy Spirit.
Today, when we hear that a book or movie is inspired by true events that means that one character is based on a real person, or that the historical time period in which the movie takes place actually happened, in other words, a lot of artistic liberties have been taken to make the book or movie more interesting. That is not the case with Scripture. The entire Bible is breathed out by God and every detail is true (geographically, historically, scientifically, and spiritually). 2 Timothy 3:16 says, “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.”
The Greek word in 2 Timothy 3:16 for inspired is θεόπνευστος or theopneustos (theo-new-staus). This Greek word literally means God-breathed. The Word of God is inspired (breathed out), inerrant (has no errors), and infallible (cannot have errors). Since God is without error or darkness His word is without error or darkness. God is the Father of lights, with Whom there is no variation or shadow due to change and the same is true of His word [James 1:17].
The reason we do not accept a book like the Apocrypha or book of Mormon is because the last recorded miracle in the New Testament occurred around 58-96 A.D. when John finished the book of Revelation. Miraculous gifts such as speaking in tongues and healing are only mentioned in 1 Corinthians. Ephesians and Romans both mention gifts of the Spirit at great detail but no mention of miraculous gifts. In Hebrews those gifts are already seen as ceased. (Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:3-4).
When the Scriptures were completed by the Apostles the revelatory gifts had ceased because there is no purpose for them anymore. The whole counsel of God—His word, has been completely revealed. We do not need to look to dreams or visions or listen for voices. We only need to read the Word of God to know the Will of God.
In Christ, Pastor Daniel