Are There Any That Want Unity Of Faith

There are many things that separate Christians into their various denominations, but there is one that unites all Christians and that is their acceptance and acknowledgment that the Bible is more than just a book written by men, it is the inspired Word of God recorded for us by God’s chosen vessels being the Prophets, Apostles and so on.

These written works were once a collection of scrolls and parchments, collectively called the Canon of scripture. This Canon was selected from all the Jewish and early Christian writings when men, while inspired by the same Holy Spirit that inspired their writing, both determined what are truly Holy Spirit inspired, and what are not.

Each time any Christian acknowledges the Bible as being the Word of God. they also acknowledge, in faith, this selection. One example that illustrates this point is the following verse from Paul’s epistle to the Colossians.

“And when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea.” Colossians 4:16

These words of the apostle Paul would appear to be instructing us to read the epistle from Laodicea, yet that epistle is not in the Bible. Another example is where Enoch is quoted by Jude,

“And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,” Jude 14

So where did Jude hear or read these words of Enoch, and if he did read it, then why isn’t this prophetic work included in the Canon of scripture.

The list goes on and on, there are two early documents signed Thomas, one being called “The Gospel of Thomas”, the other named “The Infancy Gospel of Thomas”, yet these are not included amongst the scriptures. There are writings concerning the apostles, the Virgin Mary, Mary of Magdelene and many others, yet none of these can be found in the Bible. Even the epistle of Barnabus and the writings of Clement are not included, even though the scriptures confirm these are holy men.

The question is why aren’t these writings in the Bible?

For some, the answer is obvious, they either do not conform in doctrinal teaching to those scriptures that can be established, or they simply were not truly written by the person of whom names they bear, often evidenced by the fact they were written many years after the supposed author had departed his life here in the flesh.

However, others do conform to scripture and they can be historically documented as the genuine writing of the person to whom they are accredited, such as those of Clement of Rome of which Paul wrote,

“And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.” Philippians 4:3

From the words of Paul, which we acknowledge in faith are inspired by the Holy Spirit, we know that Clement is in the Book of life. In addition, this man was appointed the Bishop over Rome many years before they fell to corruption so we know he is a reputable witness and teacher, yet his writings are not part of the Canon that comprises the Bible.

So why do we accept the scriptures as a complete and accurate account of the Word of God, why don’t we assume some is missing or perhaps some has been added that should not be there?

The answer is Faith, not faith in the men that elected these writings but faith in the Holy Spirit working through these men. This faith is a gift from God, it is something the Lord has given us so we know His Word is truly just that, His Word.

In the same sense, do we place faith in the carnal mind of Moses when he scribed his writings or do we place our trust in God who used Moses as His chosen vessel. The same can be said for any of the Prophets or even the Apostles, do we place our faith in these men or the Lord that guided them.

I would think most would agree the answer is obvious, we place our trust and faith not in the men themselves but rather in God. Yet when it comes to those the Lord has chosen to use as His vessels to sort through the assortment of writings of both the Old and New Testament periods we forget these were also inspired by the same Holy Spirit, if this was not so, we could not place our faith in their choice of what should be in the Bible.

Thus, if we have true faith in the Canon of scripture as being both complete and accurate we must have faith in that the Holy Spirit guided these men but what happens when our understanding conflicts with theirs. Which might I add was universally held in one mind and one accord, all but the relative few that arose to introduce their destructive heresies just as the scriptures said some would.

Do we acknowledge them as being inspired by the Holy Spirit or do we insist it is us?

Generally, most consider it is those that selected the Canon that must be in error and what is the result of this, a divided faith, countless variations all pridefully claiming their interpretation of scripture is the correct interpretation of scripture.

My question is this, is there any who read these postings that seeks to be in unity of faith with those whom the Lord guided through His Holy Spirit with the responsibility of preserving and maintaining His written Word for all generations, rather than hold to whatever variation they might presently adhere to?

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