Interesting note from Ben Witherington’s Acts Commentary on Baptism

This is concerning Apollos and why Luke makes no mention of Priscilla and Aquila baptizing him.

It is possible, as Bruce points out, that they might have thought it unnecessary, since he already had the Holy Spirit. It may also be that they thought that John’s baptism was valid as foreshadowing of Christian baptism, and perhaps Apollos had undergone that baptism. It is interesting that we have no evidence that the Twelve ever received Christian baptism, and it is even more interesting that Paul not only seems to imply that not all of his converts were baptized but also that he was glad, under the circumstances in Corinth, that this was the case (see 1 Cor. 1:14–17). All of this cautions us against assuming that later beliefs about the necessity of Christian baptism, even its necessity for salvation, were shared by all or perhaps even most early Christians.

Witherington, B., III. (1998). The Acts of the Apostles: A socio-rhetorical commentary (567). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

About PaulVK

Husband, Father of 5, Pastor
This entry was posted in Understanding the Bible and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s