Paul brings to the surface some interesting thoughts regarding scriptural inspiration and authority in I Corinthians 7. It is widely thought that Paul likely did not know that his letter(s) to the church in Corinth would become regarded as scripture, but it has now. For the purposes of this discussion, the subject matter - that of marriage and sexual relationships - isn't the object of my question. Rather, I'm interested in how we understand inspiration and authority in light of the following thoughts.
In v 6, Paul says that what he has said is a concession and not a command.
In v 10 he says that what he says is a command not from Paul, but from the Lord.
In v 12 he says that what he says is not from the Lord, but from him personally.
Although I readily adopt that what Paul says in all this chapter is important, he seems to be saying or implying that in what he writes there are some things that carry more weight, or have more authority. Does what the Church has come to believe about scripture over ride what Paul was trying to communicate about authority of what he was saying? We have come to understand that ALL scripture is God-breathed. Paul seems to be saying that his idea was that some of what he was writing to the Corinthians was more authoritative than other parts - perhaps that in some of it God was breathing a little harder.
Admittedly, Paul did not have the benefit of twenty centuries of Church understanding. What do you think? Do you disagree with Paul that what God says is more important than what Paul says?
At very least, Paul communicates that what he says isn't as authoritative as what God says, and that fits at best awkwardly into our theories of inspiration.