2:20 that the church is built ‘on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets’. Is God still speaking thru Apostles and Prophets? We know that this is not, because those offices are not longer in existence and the canon of the Scripture has been closed.
Fourth: We have God’s Words in written form, the Bible, the first time we see this is when God Himself wrote the two tablets of stone with the Ten Commandments and gave it to Moses, “And the tablets were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, graven upon the tablets.” Exodus 32:16
After this account we know that Moses wrote other books and then Joshua and the prophets till we get to the last revelation given to the Apostles and the apostolic church in the first century. Is still God given new revelation nowadays? No, if that be the case it should be added it to the Bible. And then again Paul tells us in Ephesians 2:20 that the church is been built upon the already given revelation of the Prophets and Apostles.
How knowing the ‘once and for all’ principles help us practically?
The faith was handed down to us, the saints, and we are to contend earnestly for it. And this mean to struggle, it carries the meaning of in a sporting event, where the athlete is singly-focused and determined to win the prize. It also carries the meaning of defend, as a soldier defending his post. It carries a