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This simple explanation of Holy Scripture, aims to show how the apostle Paul baptized new believers in water, just as faithful Peter did – and that there are no istructions to not baptize new believers post the resurrection of Christ (Messiah).
‘For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel…’
(1 Corinthians 1:17 ESV)
This chapter speaks of how perhaps one congregation were tending to be petty, and arguing over minor things such as who they prefer as teaching them the way of G-d. They were perhaps almost at a point where such arguing was about to cause negative divisions.
‘…there is quarreling among you, my brothers. What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.”’
(1 Corinthians 1:11-12 ESV)
Holy Scripture then goes on to show that the apostle Paul does not approve of such conduct, and in a way, he was relieved that he did not baptize any of these particular people – except perhaps two and a handful more in this particular location;
I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, so that no one may say that you were baptized in my name.
(I did baptize also the household of Stephanas. Beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.)
1 Corinthians 1:14-16 ESV
This is the context of 1 Corinthians 1:17; Paul’s intention and priority is to share the gospel in it’s correct context, and is thus to inturn see these people living right – new, out of love, and not quarrelling.
For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
1 Corinthians 1:17 ESV
This verse showcases the priority of powerful newness (Ezekiel 36:26-27, 2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV), which can also be had at water baptism – as it is both an outward appeal to G-d for such (a ‘good conscience’), and is also a type of seal for a genuine born again believer who shows the fruit of the Spirit in their walk;
Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
1 Peter 3:21 ESV
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
Mark 16:16 ESV
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
Galatians 5:22-24 ESV
Upto this point, we now see that 1 Corinthians 1:17 does not abolish baptism an all.
An Example Of Water Baptism For Gentiles Who Believed
Before we begin this point, kindly note; faithful Peter was sent to minister to the Gentiles as was Paul;
And after there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, “Brothers, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe.
Acts 15:7 ESV
This means that both were unified and proclaimed the same fundamental points which Holy Scripture instructs – including water baptism.
Cornelius and his houshold were Gentiles, and were baptized in water after believing the Gospel in Acts 10 – just chapters before Peter spoke in the above verse;
‘At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius… the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles. “Can anyone withhold water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?”
(Acts 10:1, 10:45, 10:47 ESV)
After it the says, what prevents them from being baptized in water, meaning ‘let us now baptize these Gentiles in water’.
They were then baptized ‘in the name of’ Jesus Christ – which as per the explanation entitled ‘The Formula For Baptism Explained’, means – that this is a phrase meaning in ‘recognition/honor of Christ’, and this in turn means ‘as per his instructions as found in Matthew 28:19-20’;
And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to remain for some days.
Acts 10:48 ESV.
Hoping it is fruitful.
May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum, believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Amen.
Very kind regards,