Is the New Testament Considered “Scripture”?

Yes, the New Testament writings are considered Scripture, or the Word of God

There has always been debate as to what the word Scripture means. There are many that believe it is only the words expressly spoken by God, like the Law given to Moses. There are some that say that the Old Testament and the words of Jesus are Scripture. And then there are those that say the words of the Apostles are Scripture. There are four popular Bible verses listed below relating to the subject at hand, and then there are three links which go into much greater detail to better answer the question, “Is the New Testament Considered Scripture?”

2 Timothy is often used to justify the idea of the New Testament writings are considered Scripture. In that sense this Bible verse is a little vague.

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. 17 that the man of God may be perfect thoroughly equipped to all good woks. —2 Timothy 3:16-17

2 Peter is probably one of the best Bible verses that prove the point with Peter’s words, “As they do also the rest of Scriptures.” This confirms that fact that, at the very least, the Apostles considered the writings of other Apostles as Scripture.

And consider the long-suffering of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given to him has written to you, 16 as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to be understood, which unlearned and unstable twist as they do also to the rest of Scriptures, to their own destruction. —2 Peter 3:15-16

One of the next best Scriptures that confirms the point being made here is a reference to a Bible verse in Luke 10. This verse is quoted by the Gospel writer Luke and is not found anywhere in the Old Testament. The part of the verse we are looking at here is, “The laborer is worthy of his wages.” 

And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give, for the laborer is worthy of his wages. Do not go from house to house. —Luke 10:7

As was previously stated, this part of the verse is not found anywhere in the Old Testament. But in 1 Timothy 5 Paul refers to this part of the verse, “The laborer is worthy of his wages” as Scripture

For Scripture says, You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain,” and “The laborer is worthy of his wages.” —1 Timothy 5:18

The above verses are quite compelling and serve to make the point that the words of the New Testament writers are Scripture. For a more in-depth study of this subject please see the links below.

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Please note that the links below are only recommended for the confirmation of the points addressed in the article above. Any other beliefs or published materials by the respective authors below are not necessarily endorsed by Christian Beliefs 101.

Did the New Testament authors regard their own writings as Scripture?

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Did the writers of the New Testament regard their writings as Scripture?

Gregg F. Swift, J.D.