Meyer on <460710>1 Corinthians 7:10 ? ?Paul distinguishes, therefore, here and in verses 12, 25, not between his own and inspired commands, but between those which proceeded from his own (God-inspired) subjectivity and those which Christ himself supplied by his objective word.? ?Paul knew from the living voice of tradition what commands Christ had given concerning divorce.? Or if it should be maintained that Paul here disclaims inspiration, ? a supposition contradicted by the following dokw~ ? ?I think that I also have the Spirit of God? (verse 40), ? it only proves a single exception to his inspiration, and since it is expressly mentioned, and mentioned only once, it implies the inspiration of all the rest of his writings. We might illustrate Paul?s method, if this were the case, by the course of the New York Herald when it was first published. Other Journals had stood by their own mistakes and had never been willing to acknowledge error. The Herald gained the confidence of the public by correcting every mistake of its reporters. The result was that, when there was no confession of error, the paper was regarded as absolutely trustworthy. So Paul?s one acknowledgment of non-inspiration might imply that in all other cases his words had divine authority. On Authority in Religion, see Wilfred Ward, in Hibbert Journal, July, 1903:677-692.
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