- Presenting The Scripture Text:
- Exegetical Commentary:
-If baptism was a mandatory requirement for our salvation, then why did Paul say that he was thankful not to have baptized any one at that particular church, with the exceptions being two individuals named Crispus and Gaius, along with the household of Stephanas? Why would he dare to say that the Lord Jesus Christ did not send him to baptize people, but rather to preach the gospel?
*If the ritual of water baptism is necessary for the eternal salvation of souls, then the Apostle Paul would sound completely nonsensical in this text. In other words, Paul would basically be saying that he was grateful not to have saved the Church of Corinth from eternal damnation in flames and that Christ did not send him to save!
-In verse seventeen, the apostle clearly implied that preaching the Gospel of Eternal Salvation to the lost world is of much greater importance than baptizing. If water had any magical properties which could save us, then baptizing random people would have been listed first in order. Although the entire context of this epistle to Corinth pertains to religious division within the Body of Christ, it would have been impossible for the Apostle Paul to have made such statements about baptism, especially being under the influence of the Holy Spirit. Furthermore, no basic presentation of the gospel message should fail to mention the necessity of water baptism as being necessary for salvation, as 1 Corinthians 15:1-8 does!