In the previous section, we saw that seven books of the New Testament found limited acceptance in the early church. We also saw that the disputed books gained acceptance through time and usage, rather than through resolution of the original questions about their authority.
Our purpose in studying the history of the New Testament canon was to discover the process by which its books were identified as being fully inspired by God, with the ultimate purpose of testing the words of those books for truth. In view of the doubtful provenance of the seven disputed books, it was decided to remove them from consideration in this discussion. Accordingly, in this section we will attempt to identify the words within the twenty remaining books of the New Testament.