Seeing God's Breath

Does Paul teach his opinions apart from inspiration? Some find that the apostle Paul did this in 1 Corinthians 7, 2 Corinthians 11:17, and 13:10. These Scriptures are clear that Paul does not give his man-made opinions in any of these passages, and he continues to instruct word-for-word as always by the leading of the Spirit.

Paul wrote by inspiration of the Spirit even unto every word. In 1 Corinthians 14:37, Paul declared, “If any man thinks himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him take knowledge of the things which I write unto you, that they are the commandment of the Lord.” In Galatians 1:11–12, he also confirmed, “For I make known to you, brethren, as touching the Gospel which was preached by me, that it is not after man. For neither did I receive it from man, nor was I taught it, but through revelation of…

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Minister, church of Christ in Jacksonville, FL. Husband and father of four. Email: ScottJon82[at]
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  1. RicardoEquips says:

    This particular chapter people use to say he did, because he said, “Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord: yet I give my judgment, as one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord to be faithful.” (verse 25). But that was not the case. Paul had been entrusted with keys to bind and loose just as Peter. He had a heart after God like David and used a bit of liberty in Christ (and IN FAITH) gave a “prophetic” word if you will in the Lord’s place as one who was faithfully entrusted as a steward of the mysteries (1 Cor 4:1-2). The last verse let’s us know that because he stepped out in faith, it was actually the SPIRIT of the Father speaking anyway. The LAST verse (40) says, “But she is happier if she so abide, after my judgment: and I think also that I have the Spirit of God.” He was saying, “Though this is my judgment (or opinion, if you want to use that word), the SPIRIT OF GOD is in agreement and inspired THIS JUDGMENT (opinion).

    Jesus said,

    “For it is NOT ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.” (Matthew 10:20).

    There’s a proverbs that says,

    “The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, IS FROM THE LORD” (Proverbs 16:1). [Regardless of the proper translation of the first half of this verse, the second half is emphatically] “…FROM THE LORD.”

    Amen! Good report Scott!


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