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The Holy Scriptures, or the Word of God written, consist of all the books of the Old and New Testaments. These are:

THE OLD TESTAMENT: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, 2 Kings, 1 Chronicles, 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel,   Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi.

THE NEW TESTAMENT: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Jude, Revelation.

All of these are given by the inspiration of God to be the  standard of faith and life [2 Timothy 3:16].

The books commonly called the Apocrypha were not given by divine inspiration and so are not part of the canon or standard of the Scriptures. Therefore, they have no authority for the church of God and are not to be recognized or used in any way different from other human writings [Luke 24:27, 44; Romans 3:2].

Today, when we hear that a book or movie is inspired by true events that could mean that just 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 than what really happened. That is not the case with Scripture.  The entire Bible is breathed out by God and every detail is true (geographically, historically, scientifically, or spiritually etc.). 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).  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 books 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 the whole counsel of God—His word, has been completely revealed—in the Scriptures. 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