Don't the scriptures in 1 Corinthians 1:14-17 prove that Paul did not believe in water baptism?

The Truth About Water Baptism

Frequently asked questions.

 

Q. Don't the scriptures in 1 Corinthians 1:14-17 prove that Paul did not believe in water baptism?

 

I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius; 

-- 1 Corinthians 1:14

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



A. No. Paul has already made it very clear to us that he obeyed Jesus' commandment of water baptism. In fact, if we read the entire context of the passage, we see that everyone Paul was writing to had already been baptized, they were just having arguments between themselves about whose ministry in which they were working. Some thought that because Paul baptized them they were "of Paul," others thought that because Apollos baptized them, they were "of Apollos," and so on. Paul settles this dispute by reminding them that they, as well as he, were all part of the body of Christ. Let's read:

Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.

Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?

I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius;

Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name.

And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other.

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.

 

Why didn't Paul baptize? Well, he did, just not much. 

 

Why not? Well, why is irrelevant as the commandment still stands, but we read in Acts 6:1-4 :

 

And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.

Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables.

Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.

But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.

 

Paul, as a leader in the Church, had no reason to spend his time baptizing people. Just as the twelve Apostles did not see reason to do certain tasks. It's not that they considered these tasks unimportant or unnecessary.  As leaders, they had specific responsibilities to seek God for the direction of the Church and to minister the Gospel.

 



Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and [of] the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.