In his first letter to Corinth, Paul notes that he is thankful he did not have to baptize some individuals.
14: I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius
15: so no one can say that you were baptized in my name.
16: (Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I don't remember if I baptized anyone else.)
17: For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel--not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. - 1 Corinthians 1:14-17
Why is Paul glad of such a thing if in the book of Mark Jesus commands:
'Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.' - Mark 16:16
Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. - Acts 2:38
Does this mean:
Paul didn't want to be glorified (v.15)
Their faith was so strong that Paul did not need to baptize them? (i.e. is baptism considered a work in this context? ('lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.' or Ephesians 2:18))
They would get baptized later because of their strong faith & commitment to Christ
Something else? How should this verse be interpreted?
In-other words, Is Paul fulfilling his duty as a disciple?