Is the New Testament Scripture?
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Actually, the question here is whether the New Testament itself considers certain other parts of it to be Scripture?

Many are aware that 1 Timothy 5:18 cites Matt. 10:10 and Luke 10:7 alongside Deut. 25:4 as Scripture, but there is actually another interesting reference over in Luke that should be noted. The following quote is taken from the twentieth page of David P. Scaer’s work.1

More intriguing, and similar to 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, is Luke 24:46-47: “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.

Luke might be referring to his own prediction in 9:22, but this hardly comes close to what is found in 24:46-47. Could this be Luke’s compilation of several references taken from Matthew, especially with the reference “all nations.” Again, it is hardly likely that the Old Testament is in view.

Is it that Luke considers Matthew to be Scripture? (Of course Q advocates might have an opinion here.) If it truly could be shown that Luke is working off Matthew, the answer may be ‘Yes’.2


  1. Scaer, David P. “Epistles before gospels: an axiom of New Testament studies.” Concordia Theological Quarterly 77, no. 1-2 (January 2013): 5-21. ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials, EBSCOhost (accessed January 20, 2018).
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From Madison, Wisconsin. B.A. Biblical Studies: Moody Bible Institute, Chicago. M.Div. Student at Tyndale Seminary in Toronto, Ontario.

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