I Corinthians 1:10-18 – The Third Sunday after the Epiphany – for Sunday, January 22, 2017
â€œHas Christ been divided? Was Paul crucified for you, or were you baptized in Paulâ€™s name?â€ (I Corinthians 1:13)
Paul wrote it too hastily and sent it off too quickly.
He shouldâ€™ve re-read what heâ€™d written.
Why didnâ€™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 (doesnâ€™t Paul seem like a guy whoâ€™d keep a spreadsheet of his activities?), Paul couldâ€™ve easily listed the Corinthians he had personally baptized.
In the opening of his note to Corinth, Paul was irked. Apparently one of his snitchesâ€”oops, I mean a fellow believer by the name of Chloeâ€”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 didnâ€™t matter if Cephas or Apollos or even grumpy Paul did the wet deed. All were baptized in Christâ€™s name! Right? Right!
And then brash Paul claimed . . .
Thank God that I didnâ€™t baptize any of you, except Crispus and Gaius . . .
Yep, only those two fine fellows.
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