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Ver. 17.-1. Hath not fent me to baptize, but to preach. The apostles being endued with the highest degree of inspiration and miraculous powers, had the office of preaching committed to them, rather than that of baptizing, because they were best qualified for converting the world, and had not time to give the converted, either before or after their baptism, such particular instruction as their former ignorance rendered necessary. These offices, therefore, were committed to the in. ferior ministers of the word.
2. Not however with wisdom of speech. Wisdom of speech, odpock aoye for doyw gopw, means learned speech. The observation, that the apotties were jent forth to convert mankind, not by the powers of philosophy and eloquence, was intended to shew the Corinthians, how ill founded the boasting of the faction was, who valued themselves on the learning and eloquence of their teachers. -To thew that this is a declaration of the subject which the apostle is going to handle, I have separated it from the clause which goes before it.
3. Be deprived of its efficacy. To have adorned the gospel with the paint of the Grecian rhetoric, would have obscured its wisdom and fimplicity, just as the gilding of a diamond would deftroy its brilliancy. Belides, it would have maried its operation as a revelation from God. For the evidence and efficacy of the gospel arises, not from its being proved by philolophical arguments, and recommended by the charms of human eloquence, but from its being proved by miracles, and founded on the testimony of God.
Ver. 18. For the preaching which is concerning the cross. Aoy@u, Word, in fcripture, is often used to denote the preaching of doctrine : Acts vi. 2. It is not reason, that we fbould leave the word of God and jerve tabies.