A command of the Lord (1 Cor. 14:37)

“Anyone who claims

To be a prophet,

Or have spiritual powers,

Should acknowledge

That what I am writing

To you

Is a command of the Lord.”

Εἴ τις δοκεῖ προφήτης εἶναι ἢ πνευματικός, ἐπιγινωσκέτω ἃ γράφω ὑμῖν ὅτι Κυρίου ἐστὶν ἐντολή·

Paul said that anyone who claims to be a prophet (Εἴ τις δοκεῖ προφήτης), or have spiritual powers (εἶναι ἢ πνευματικός), should acknowledge (ἐπιγινωσκέτω) that what I am writing to you (ἃ γράφω ὑμῖν) is a command of the Lord (τι Κυρίου ἐστὶν ἐντολή). Only the Pauline letters used this word πνευματικός, that means spiritual.  Paul reminded his Corinthians believers that anyone who seemed to be a prophet of have spiritual powers would know that what he was writing about was a command of the Lord, and not some personal opinion of Paul himself.  Paul was placing more authority on his writings as a command of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Do you accept commands from other people?

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