unto them.? <430840>John 8:40 ? ?a man that hath told you the truth, which I heard from God.?

4. The apostles claim to have received this promised Spirit, and under his influence to speak with divine authority, putting their writings upon a level with the O.T. Scriptures. We have not only direct statements that both the matter and the form of their teaching were supervised by the Holy Spirit, but we have indirect evidence that this was the case in the tone of authority which pervades their addresses and epistles.

Statements ? <460210>1 Corinthians 2:10,13 ? ?unto us God revealed them through the Spirit? Which things also we speak, not in words which mans wisdom teacheth, but which the Spirit teacheth?; 11:23 ? ?I received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you?; 12:8, 28 ? the logo>v so>fiav was apparently a gift peculiar to the apostles; 14:37, 38 ? ?the things which I write unto you? they are the commandment of the Lord?; <480112>Galatians 1:12 ? ?neither did I receive it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came to me through revelation of Jesus Christ?; <520402>1 Thessalonians 4:2, 8 ? ye know what charge we gave you through the Lord Jesus? Therefore he that rejecteth, rejecteth not man, but God, who giveth his Holy Spirit unto you.? The following passages put the teaching of the apostles on the same level with Old Testament Scripture: <600111>1 Peter 1:11, 12 ? ?Spirit of Christ which was in them? [Old Testament prophets]; ? [New Testament preachers] ?preached the gospel unto you by the Holy Spirit?; <610121>2 Peter 1:21 ? Old Testament prophets ?spake from God, being moved by the Holy Spirit?; 3:2 ? ?remember the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets? [Old Testament], ?and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles? [New Testament]; 16 ? ?wrest [Paul?s Epistles], as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.? 67. <020414>Exodus 4:14-16; 7:1.

Implications : ? <550316>2 Timothy 3:16 ? ?Every scripture inspired of God is also profitable ? a clear implication of inspiration, though not a direct statement of it ? there is a divinely inspired Scripture. In <460503>1 Corinthians 5:3-5, Paul, commanding the Corinthian church with regard to the incestuous person, was arrogant if not inspired. There are more imperatives in the Epistles than in any other writings of the same extent. Notice the continual asseveration of authority, as in <480101>Galatians 1:1, 2, and the declaration that disbelief of the record is sin, as in <620510>1 John 5:10,11. Jude 3 ? ?the faith which was once for all a[pax delivered unto the saints.? See Kahnis, Dogmatik, 3:122; Henderson, Inspiration (2nd ed.), 34, 234; Conant, Genesis, Introduction, xiii, note; Charteris, New Testament Scriptures: They claim truth, unity, and authority.

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