“But I (not the LORD)… In my Opinion”

There Paul goes again, throwing us some curve balls in 1 Corinthians. These come from 1 Corinthians 7:10 and 1 Corinthians 7:40, respectively.

We have grown up understanding that the Scriptures are the inerrant Word of God, but here Paul goes adding commentary to the narrative.

He’s a single dude, undoubtedly one of the best, if not the best evangelists known to Christendom. We can learn so much from him on how to better follow Christ.

But Paul was never married and he was never a woman and he admits he speaks at a loss when approaching both subjects.

I appreciate the humility, though some of the application I don’t see to eye to eye with… and that’s okay.

You see even the best of us are not God, not Jesus, not the Holy Spirit. We’re human beings who God has been gracious enough to fill with His Holy Presence.

Look at David, Abraham, and Moses. Look at Peter and Paul. All flawed human beings. (Joshua, Daniel, and Enoch seem pretty on-the-level, though.)

This is to no means cast doubt on anyone’s faith. The faith abides, in spite of us. I guess that’s the lesson here. A lesson I’ve learned over and over and over again being in the church for the last 33 years. God speaks in spite of us. God reigns above our weaknesses.

So, if you ever run into a modern-day prophet who throws you some doozies in the midst of his or her sermon, remember: we’re all human. We speak out of both the frail and faultless sides of us.

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