There is good reason for Paul's longing. When pilgrims on the road of God meet one another, they have something to say. A man by of value to another man, not because he wishes to be important , not because he possesses some inner wealth of soul, not because of something he is, but because of what he is--not. His importance may consist in his poverty, in his hopes and fears, in his waiting and hurrying, in the direction of his whole being towards what lies beyond his horizon and beyond his power. The importance of an apostle is negative rather than positive. In him a void becomes visible."--Karl Barth, "The Epistle to the Romans," pg 33. On vv. 11,12. CH. 1.