The Closed Canon of Scripture

“The canon of revelation is closed; there is no more to be added; God does not give a fresh revelation, but He rivets the old one. When it has been forgotten and laid in the dusty closet of our memory, He grabs it out and cleans the picture, but does not paint a new one. There are no new doctrines, but the old ones are often revived. It is not, I say, by any new revelation that the Holy Spirit comforts. He does so by telling us old things over and over again; He brings a bright light to manifest the treasures hidden in Scripture; He unlocks the vaults in which the truth has long lain, and He points to secret rooms filled with untold riches; but He coins no more, for enough is done.

Believer! There is enough in the Bible for you to live on forever. If you should outnumber the years of Methuselah, there would be no need for a fresh revelation; if you should live until Christ returns, there would be no necessity for the addition of one single word; if you should go down as deep as Jonah, or even descend as David said he did, into the depths of hell, still there would be enough in the Bible to comfort you without one extra sentence.”

—Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892)

About Jon J. Cardwell

"The Spirited Speaker" - Pastor of Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Anniston, Alabama. Nationally recognized speaker and publisher. Author of several books, including the bestseller, Christ and Him Crucified.


  1. Having been an inconsistent continualist and now more of a cessationist, I appreciate Spurgeon’s words on this subject. Great quote!

  2. Hey Jon,

    I read most of your posts, but comment on few…. I just want to thank you for the constant stream of truth that flows from your ministry to us dear brother…. may the Lord sustain you and uphold you as you faithfully proclaim His Word, and may He richly bless your family and church family!


    • Shann,
      Thank you so much for those encouraging words. Interestingly, my dear friend, when you do comment, not only here, but also in the blogs of many of our other friends, when you do comment, it is a blessing for anyone that is providentially brought to your comment. Thank you, again, the refreshment of Christ’s Spirit in you.

  3. Jon, This is so cool! I wish I had found it to include on my blog today! Thank you for this!
    Blessings brother!

  4. Wonderful post Jon! I love that last paragraph the most. I just started taking classes at our Local Sovereign Grace Baptist Bible College (that’s a mouthful) and I am realizing so quickly how much truth is in this little snippet of the works of the mighty Mr. Spurgeon. This was so wonderful to read this fine morning, I had to share and re-post on face book. I have a few Charismatic friends who for some sad reason are still searching for the God of their own making in enthusiasm and experience… I pray that they would discover the boundless love, instruction, Grace and so much more found in Holy Scripture….

    Much love and blessings to you dear brother!

    • Thank you for those encouraging words, dear sister. I am so very blessed to know that you and your family are receiving such solid teaching under the pastoral care of Jeff Arthur.

      I didn’t realize that there was a Sovereign Grace Baptist Bible College in your area. GOod thing to know!

      Blessings to you, dear sister.

      • Jon thank you, it’s called Teays Valley Baptist Bible college and it’s about 30 years old. The Dean is Hollis Walter and it was affiliated with a College in Lexington Kentucky. They teach at several different locations in West Virginia and Jeff Arthur is a graduate. Jeff and Hollis were influenced a lot by a man named Edward Overbey. We have been reading some of his commentary. I wanted you go know that Jeff is very blessed by your kind words about Elizabeth Baptist Church.

        Blessings to you today Brother, your blog and writings/teachings are such an encouragment. Thank you for all the hard work you do!

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