The apostles of Jesus Christ were given a great responsibility. Through them God established His revelation for the ages, as witnessed by these few references:
- Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. (John 16:13)
- Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; (John 17:20)
- Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. (John 20:21)
- But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (Acts 1:8)
- That which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. (I John 1:3)
Their work has provided the basis for all things we can currently understand concerning the Messiah of Israel; who He is, what He commands us to do, where it all leads, the particulars of Jesus being the Way, the Truth, and the Life. The Messiah would have been little more than a rumor if Jesus had not empowered His apostles to accomplish their work.
Therefore when an apostle of Jesus Christ wrote “. . I magnify mine office . .” it must have indicated something of particular importance. It was stated in the context of teaching people who had already tasted the fruit of salvation. So it was an issue of perspective and spiritual development.
It was written to a focus group of believers; “For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office . .” (Rom.11:13) It was a “heads-up” for Gentile believers. (Are you a Gentile believer? In other words, is your human stock from the nations other than Israel?)
If you have read the eleventh chapter of Romans, you know where this is going.
- Rom.11:14 If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them.
- 15 For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?
- 16 For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.
The express intention of God (the apostle’s magnified office) is that Gentile believers share in His desire for Israel’s salvation. It is singled out from His desire that all should be saved. Why?
- Rom. 11:30-31 “For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief: Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.”