By Charles H. Welch
Me. Self glorification is entirely foreign to the life of faith, and the Apostle's words in Galatians two give voice to the feeling of every true child of God, "Not I, but Christ". Yet the same Apostle who could call himself "less than the least" could say, "I magnify mine office". The magnifying of the office, the consciousness of stewardship, the need for faithfulness, the necessity to defend his apostleship, justified the emphasis we find in certain contexts of the pronoun "me" which would be entirely out of place if used in the ordinary affairs of lire. Those references which have a bearing upon the special dispensation entrusted to Paul are the following:
UNTO ME, for ME, as it becomes ME, heard of ME, by ME. The personal pronoun all the time, but all the time the reason for its prominence is the great outstanding fact that Paul, as the prisoner of Christ Jesus, was the appointed channel through whom the truth of the Mystery should be made known.
and the sequel is a matter of facto The first step in apostacy is often the turning away from Paul as the Messenger; it is but a step after that to repudiate his message. Paul would rather subscribe himself as the bond slave of Jesus Christ (Rom. 1:1) than emphasize his office, but for the truth's sake and for the defence of the gospel, he was inspired to devote one and a half chapters of the epistIe to the Galatians in defence of his apostleship, so intimately are they linked together.