All Christians realize that if God has revealed
communicating His will to man, man must be able to
assurance where that revelation lies. Hence the need
for a list (i.e., canon) of books of the Bible. In other words,
man needs to know without error (i.e., infallibly)
books of the Bible are.
There must be an
authority which will make that
The canon of the Bible refers to the definitive list
of the books
which are considered to be divine revelation and
A canon distinguishes what is revealed and divine
from what is not revealed and human.
"Canon" (Gk. kanon)
means a reed; a straight rod or bar; a measuring
something serving to determine, rule, or measure.