From the November/December, 2018 issue of Touchstone
bible 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 . . .


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