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When was the apostles’ writing considered scripture?


Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction. 2 Peter 3:15-16
            The Greek word for “scripture” appears 51 times in the New Testament.  Most of the time it is referring to the Old Testament.  One time, in 2 Peter 3:16, Peter referred to Paul’s writings as scriptures, using the same word as the other 50 times when it referred to the Old Testament.
            It seems in the lifetime of the apostles, that the apostles saw their writings as “God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3:16)  Once they felt certain writings came directly from God and helpful for humans to live a more godly life, then it was called scripture.
            In the next generation after Peter’s, church leaders began to assemble the New Testament we have today and four hundred years later all twenty-seven books were solidly accepted. 
I found this helpful to understand how the New Testament finally came together.
The formation of the New Testament canon began in the early part of the second century A.D. The earliest list was drawn up in Rome, in A.D. 140, by the heretic Marcion. Although his list was not authoritative, it did demonstrate that the idea of a New Testament canon was accepted at that time.
The concept we have today of a completed Bible was formulated early in the history of the church. By the end of the second century all but seven books (Hebrews, 2 and 3 John, 2 Peter, Jude, James, and Revelation) were recognized as apostolic, and by the end of the fourth century all twenty-seven books in our present canon were recognized by all the churches of the West. After the Damasine Council of Rome in A.D. 332 and the third Council of Carthage in A.D. 397 the question of the Canon was closed in the West. By the year 500 the whole Greek-speaking church had also accepted all the books in our present New Testament. https://www.blueletterbible.org/faq/canon.cfm