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Was Paul uninspired?

Was the apostle Paul uninspired? Did Paul ever claim he was not speaking by inspiration? Are the words of the apostle Paul mere opinion? Some think and say so, and one argument for this position is 1 Cor. 7:25: Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord: but I give my judgment, as one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord to be trustworthy.

Have no commandment of the Lord has been used to say Paul lacked inspiration. If Paul had said nothing else about this subject, this conclusion might be correct. Later in this chapter (1 Cor. 7:40) Paul did claim to have inspiration. He had and wrote by the “spirit of God.” He also claimed inspiration in Gal. 1:11-12.
Often people claim Paul was not inspired so the teaching of scripture can be dismissed. In the case of 1 Cor. 7:25, Paul had not received a specific statement from God on this issue. The lack of specific instruction on this point in no way affected his inspiration on other matters.

Be wary about people who claim the Bible and the apostles do not have God’s stamp of inspiration. Usually people make these claims because the Bible does not support what they believe or do.

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Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3; 1 Cor. 12:13; 1 Pet. 3:20-21). Bible baptism is by immersion only (“burial,” Rom. 6:4), and once it is done, heaven puts that person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27; Rom. 6:3). After proper baptism a person has their sins forgiven (Acts 2:38).

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