Chapter B12, “The Integrity of the Biblical Text”
Pieper observes that through a long and complex textual history the Bible text has remained very consistent. With or without vowel points the Hebrew text traditions are stable. In the New Testament, even despite purposeful corruptions, the text is consistent. Pieper discusses various ways the New Testament would become corrupted, including accidental errors, attempts at grammatical or stylistic improvements, glosses, clarifications, and attempts at harmonization. Despite this, and even the noteworthy disputes over the textus receptus versus the modern scholarly editions, the various traditions can be used together quite easily. Pieper discusses at length the debates over 1 John 5:7-8 and observes that the doctrines are well preserved in other passages of Scripture, as well as in quotations from the Fathers.
The more we study the New Testament text the more reliable it appears.