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1 Corinthians 1:13-15 The Voice (VOICE)

13 Has the Anointed One been split up into many small pieces? Do you think Paul was crucified for you? Were you ceremonially washed through baptism[a] into the name of Paul? Absolutely not!

Paul knows that if the work of Jesus’ gospel degenerates into a cult of personality, it will hardly resemble true Christianity. If the focus is on Paul, Cephas, Apollos, or any famous religious leader, then that distracts from the person and central message of Jesus. Any cult of personality is intoxicating, and it is often easier to claim to follow a person who can be seen and touched. But Christianity is founded upon the belief that Jesus is the head of the church and that all of His followers serve His will as a part of the royal priesthood.

14 Now I am thankful that I baptized[b] only Crispus and Gaius, 15 so none of you can falsely declare you were baptized in my name.

Footnotes:

  1. 1:13 Literally, immersed, in a rite of initiation and purification
  2. 1:14 Literally, immersed, in a rite of initiation and purification
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