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Canonization

How our Scriptures were chosen
This sermon is part of the sermon series "Txt Msg". See series.

Introduction

We're going to be looking at Revelation chapter 22 today, and I want to talk about a very significant and serious decision that was made in history. It was the decision made regarding which books would be in our Bible and which books would not.

We're in the second week of a series that we've titled "Txt Msg: What We Believe About Our Bible." Last week we talked bout the origin of Scripture—that Scripture is inspired by God. This week I want to explore this question: How did we get this book? How did the Bible breathed out by God make its way from the writers' desk into this book? The Bible is not just one book. We may think of it as one book, but the Bible is really a collection of 66 books bound together in one cover. So how in the world did anybody ever decide what was in and what was out?

To help us understand this a little bit better, we're looking at Revelation 22. This passage really deals with a strong caution regarding the selection of what would be Scripture and what would not be. Starting in verse 18, John writes these words:

I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book these things: if anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if anyone takes away words from the book of this prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in this holy city, which are described in this book. He who testifies to these things says, 'Yes, I am coming soon.' Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God's people. Amen."

Now, as you may know, the book of Revelation was spoken from Jesus to the Apostle John when John was in exile on the Isle of Patmos. The book of Revelation is really about the end of times, the ...

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David Daniels is the lead pastor of Central Bible Church in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Sermon Outline:

Introduction

I. A history lesson on the canonization of Scripture

II. Criteria for canonization

III. Submission to Scripture

IV. Stewardship

V. Substitution

Conclusion