“I have no command of the Lord, but I give my opinion as one who by the mercy of the Lord is trustworthy.” (1 Corinthians 7:25) The contrast in this passage is not between the inspired teaching of Christ and the less inspired teaching of the Apostle. It is rather between teaching for which Paul can appeal to the words of Christ and teaching to which he appeals to the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Both are binding on our conscience. “All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for doctrine, reproof and instruction in righteousness”. We regard all Scripture as authoritative, even those parts which come from Paul’s mind, guided by the Spirit. In a few hours, it will be our privilege to gather around God’s word. I wonder how many of us will have appropriate reverence for the book we hold in our hands. It is the word of God! May the Spirit who wrote it guide us to understand and obey. My love to you all.