Coffee is especially good this morning. Must be the weather or something. Got a question for you. Did you ever wonder why Jesus excluded Paul from the Great Commission? Let me explain.
The last thing Jesus said to the Apostles after the resurrection (according to Matthew 28:19) was this: “Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Jesus was giving direct orders to his chosen Eleven (down one) disciples to make disciples of everyone and to baptize these disciples – a Trinitarian baptism of course.
When Paul met Jesus on the road to Damascus, Jesus apparently changed his game plan with Paul. He must of said something like, “Paul, make disciples of all nations but don’t bother baptizing anyone.”
We know that Jesus must have told Paul something like that. Read what Paul says in 1 Corinthians 1:17… “For Christ sent me NOT to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not in wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made void.”
Why did Paul take baptism so lightly when the Apostles took it seriously? When the Apostles sent Philip out to make disciples and to baptize, Peter and John made it a point to go out and check up on him. They found that Philip hadn’t baptized properly so they re-baptized the group in order for them to receive the Holy Spirit. Why didn’t the Apostles check up on Paul?
Well, it’s hard to judge Paul when the rest of the Apostles never once did a Trinitarian baptism. They only baptized, “In Jesus Name.” Read the book of Acts. Not once did they baptize and say, “In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Not once! Did they just forget? What’s the deal? Read your Bibles! I dare you!
There’s a lot of good stuff in Acts. One of my favorite books for sure. Another cup please.