Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Was Paul preaching opinion in 1 Corinthians 7:12 when he said “To the rest I say, not the Lord”? What about the phrase in 1 Corinthians 7:10?


Answer:
  • When Paul states “not I but the Lord”, he is appealing to previous teachings of Jesus for authority (such as those in Matt. 5:32, Matt. 19:9).
  • In verse 12, he is NOT stating that he is about to give an opinion, but that he is going to give inspired instruction on a topic that Jesus never preached on (marriage of a believer to an unbeliever). Jesus never dealt with this topic, thus Paul could not reference a previous teaching of Jesus to support what he was about to say.
  • Paul was an inspired Apostle. Previously in this chapter he did give opinion (1 Corinthians 7:6), but vs.12 is more than just apostolic opinion, it is inspired doctrine on a topic Jesus never preached on.

Post by Cliff Sabroe - Scripture quotes from NASB 95.