subordinate sense the Holy Spirit inspires us to recognize inspiration in the Bible. In the sense here suggested we may assent to the words of Dr. Charles H. Parkhurst at the inauguration of William Adams Brown as Professor of Systematic Theology in the Union Theological Seminary, November 1, 1898 ? ?Unfortunately we have condemned the word ?inspiration? to a particular and isolated field of divine operation, and it is a trespass upon current usage to employ it in the full urgency of its Scriptural intent in connection with work like your own or mine. But the word voices a reality that lies so close to the heart of the entire Christian matter that we can ill afford to relegate it to any single or technical function. Just as much today as back at the first beginnings of Christianity, those who would declare the truths of God must be inspired to behold the truths of God? The only irresistible persuasiveness is that which is born of vision, and it is not vision to be able merely to describe what some seer has seen, though it were Moses or Paul that was the seer.?
10. Acknowledgment of the non-inspiration of Scripture teachers and their writings.
This charge rests mainly upon the misinterpretation of two particular passages:
<442305> Acts 23:5 (?I wist not, brethren, that he was the high priest?) may be explained either as the language of indignant irony: ?I would not recognize such a man as high priest?; or, more naturally, an actual confession of personal ignorance and fallibility, which does not affect the inspiration of any of Paul?s final teachings or writings.
Of a more reprehensible sort was Peter?s dissimulation at Antioch, or practical disavowal of his convictions by separating or withdrawing himself from the Gentile Christians ( <480211>Galatians 2:11-13). Here was no public teaching, but the influence of private example. But neither in this case, nor in that mentioned above, did God suffer the error to be a final one. Through the agency of Paul, the Holy Spirit set the matter right.
<460712> 1 Corinthians 7:12,10 (?I, not the Lord?; not I, but the Lord?). Here the contrast is not between the apostle inspired and the apostle uninspired, but between the apostle?s words and an actual saying of our Lord, as in
<400532> Matthew 5:32; 19:3-10; <411011>Mark 10:11; <421618>Luke 16:18 (Stanley on Corinthians). The expressions may be paraphrased: ? ?With regard to this matter no express command was given by Christ before his ascension. As one inspired by Christ, however, I give you my command.?
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