The Apostle Paul On Water Baptism

 For Christ sent me not
to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words,
lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
1 Corinthians 1:17

 In view of the divisions in
the assembly, Paul is thankful that very few in Corinth were even baptized by
him. No one could ever
accuse him of trying to gather a following in this way
. The implication of
this is rather significant. Baptism is not necessary to salvation (add-on-after),
else the apostle would have been giving thanks to God that he saved so few.

17. The point is that
baptism was not part of the apostle’s commission; rather, he asserts Christ
sent me … to preach the gospel 
(most local churches unknowingly are
preaching the gospel of the kingdom and works
). Paul concludes his
exhortation regarding the divisions in the assembly with a call to
Not with wisdom of words. This looks ahead to the
next segment of the apostle’s argument when he deals with the problems of human
wisdom as opposed to divine. Lest the cross of Christ should be made of
none effect
 (Gr kenoō means “to empty or deprive of
substance”). The success of the gospel lies in the plain doctrine of a
crucified Lord
. Paul was not about to ascribe its power to the flourish of
oratory, or the intricacies of Greek philosophy. In spite of his learning at
the feet of Gamaliel, the Apostle Paul lays his learning aside when he
preaches the simple gospel of Christ
This truth needs no
artificial dress
. It alone carries with it the “power of God unto
” (Romanbs 1:16).…[1]

…the Apostle Paul lays his learning aside when he preaches the simple gospel of ChristThis truth needs no artificial dress. It alone carries with it the “power of God unto salvation” (Romanbs 1:16).…[1]

*(Italics’- mine)


We are baptized into the body of Christ by the Holy Spirit the moment we believe the revealed gospel of Christ ALONE (1Cor15.1-4).
For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit (1Cor12.13).

One of two ordinances given to the local church that we should follow after being reconciled to God by the obedience of faith in the revealed gospel of Christ ALONE. 


[1] Hindson, E. E., & Kroll, W. M.
(Eds.). (1994). KJV Bible Commentary (pp. 2281–2282).
Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

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