Paul Was Irked

I Corinthians 1:10-18 – The Third Sunday after the Epiphany – for Sunday, January 22, 2017

“Has Christ been divided? Was Paul crucified for you, or were you baptized in Paul’s name?” (I Corinthians 1:13)

For years I’ve thought the opening of I Corinthians was a bad first draft.

Paul wrote it too hastily and sent it off too quickly.

He should’ve re-read what he’d written.

Why didn’t the cranky old apostle revise his obviously poor observations and poorer memory? Surely, with a little extra thought, or with a perusal of his written records (doesn’t Paul seem like a guy who’d keep a spreadsheet of his activities?), Paul could’ve easily listed the Corinthians he had personally baptized.

In the opening of his note to Corinth, Paul was irked. Apparently one of his snitches—oops, I mean a fellow believer by the name of Chloe—has warned Paul that some noisy members of the community are claiming the superiority of their baptism because of who baptized them! How dare they! It didn’t matter if Cephas or Apollos or even grumpy Paul did the wet deed. All were baptized in Christ’s name! Right? Right!

And then brash Paul claimed . . .

Thank God that I didn’t baptize any of you, except Crispus and Gaius . . .

Yep, only those two fine fellows.

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