The Wretched Man by Patrick Henry Reardon

As It Is Written

The Wretched Man

by Patrick Henry Reardon

It is not uncommon for the Apostle Paul to employ the first-person pronoun when he intends to designate either human beings in general or Christians in particular. We recognize this usage, for example, when he writes, "If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but I do not have agape, I have become a sounding brass or a clanging cymbal." When Paul declares that, without agape, "I am nothing," we discern that he is speaking for all of us (1 Cor. 13:1–2).

It seems likely, too, that Paul is . . .