1 Cor. 14:37

Tom Harding

If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord–1 Cor. 14:37.

Paul again gives us an excellent confirmation that all scripture is given by the divine inspiration of God. (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21). The epistles written by Paul and the other writers of holy scripture were not their personal opinions, ideas, words or thoughts, they truly are the very commandments of the Lord Himself. Knowing, that the record of scripture is the very purpose and will of God, revealing to us the way of truth and salvation in Christ Jesus the Lord, every believer freely acknowledges this fact to be so. Believers do not try to interpret or change the meaning of scripture to fit their theology. Their theology is based upon the word of God and they derive all thoughts about God and His glorious salvation in Christ through the word of God. David has spoken of this in the Psalm 119: 104, "Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way."

The Apostle is also laying down the benchmark and gauge for us to discover who is the true preacher of God and those who claim to be. Those who claim to be are always trying to manipulate scripture to the glory of man, saying salvation depends upon the sinner. God's true preacher simply declares the word of God as it is given in scripture (2 Cor. 3:12), depending on God the Holy Spirit to take the things of Christ and reveal them to us (John 16: 13-15). The Holy Spirit's paramount office is to glorify Christ in the heart of the sinner (Eph. 1:13-14).

Tom Harding, Pastor
Zebulon Baptist Church
Pikeville, Ky.

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