πŸ’‘πŸ‘‘ I Think Also That I Have the Spirit of God

β€œWhat is your take on 1 Corinthians 7:40, where Paul says, β€˜I think also that I have the Spirit of God’?”

The vast majority of things Paul taught in his epistles were things he himself had been taught by direct revelation of the Lord. However, he occasionally wrote things that the Lord hadΒ notΒ revealed to him, such as:

β€œNow concerning virginsΒ I have no commandment of the Lord: yet I give my judgment…” (1 Cor. 7:25).

The Corinthians had evidently asked Paul about something concerning which he had received no revelations, so he gave his own personal opinion. Of course, his opinion was molded by his understanding of all that GodΒ hadΒ revealed to him, so it would have been a veryΒ soundΒ opinion. But when he then wrote it in an epistle that became part of God’s Word, that removed all doubt that his personal conviction expressed God’s will.

You see, it was the job of the prophets to identify which epistles were canonical (1 Cor. 14:37). Paul mentions some epistles that they did not include in the Scriptures (1 Cor. 5:9; Col. 4:16), but when theyΒ didΒ include 1 Corinthians, that tells us PaulΒ didΒ have the Spirit when he wrote it, and that his own personal β€œjudgment” was also the judgment of God. source

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