Thankful for baptizing few people

1 Corinthians Bible Background

08.19.2016 New Testament: 1Co 1.14–16

To read the Bible in a year, read First Corinthians 1 on August 19, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

While modern preachers tally up the number of people they have baptized, Paul thanked God that he baptized few people,

I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, lest anyone should say that I had baptized in my own name. Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas. Besides, I do not know whether I baptized any other (1 Corinthians 1.14–16). 

The brethren in Corinth boasted that they were followers of their favorite preachers, perhaps the men who had baptized them, but that led to division, since not everyone is baptized by the same person.

Paul knew that as an apostle of Christ, he wielded great influence, but he did not want anyone to carry his name. Therefore, he thanked God that he did not baptize very many people in Corinth, because he did not want to be accused of having baptized people in his name. He wanted people to follow Jesus Christ.

2 thoughts on “Thankful for baptizing few people

  1. Reading or hearing about such tallies is disturbing. One wants to avoid judging motives, but preacher counts of baptisms (along with other numbers of meetings preached, countries visited, etc.) strikes one the wrong way. So the best reaction, probably, is that of Paul’s in Php 1.18: “… in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is being proclaimed, and in this I rejoice.”

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