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Why We Baptize in the Name of Jesus

We baptize in the Name of Jesus because the Word of God commands us to be baptized in the Name. You might say, “We baptize in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost because Jesus said so.” But Jesus never said that we are to baptize in Names. He said, “In the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost,” so it is up to us to find the Name; that Name is Jesus.

For proof of this, Jesus said, “I am come in my Father’s Name…” (St. John 5:43). Jesus said, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, Whom the Father will send in My Name…” (St. John 14:26). Here we see that Jesus said He came in His Father’s Name, that Name was Jesus. Jesus said the Father will send the Holy Ghost in His Name—His Name is Jesus.

Just before Jesus ascended, He gave the following commission to His disciples, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matt 28:19). Luke, writing about the same thing and the same time said, “Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His NAME among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things” (Luke 24:46-48).

Notice Luke also said in the Name, among all nations, just as Matthew did. This same Matthew and Luke were with the other Apostles on the day of Pentecost when Peter preached and said, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:38). Remember, Peter received the keys directly from Jesus (Matt 16:19). These three keys are in Acts 2:38. On that day Peter preached to the Jews.

What is Water Baptism for?

Remission, blotting out, and washing away sins all means the same. Peter preached and said in Acts 2:38 that we must be baptized for the remission of sins, and Paul was baptized and had his sins washed away, so that is the God-ordained baptism for the washing away of sins. There is nothing in the water that washes away sins.

The cleansing of sins in the Blood of Jesus. When we baptize people, we call on the Name of Jesus because the Blood is in the Name of Jesus. Paul said, “In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established” (2 Cor 13:1). The testimony of one person is not accepted in any court.

We have quite a few scriptures concerning water baptism in Jesus’ name. The baptism in Father, Son, and Holy Ghost stands alone. The Apostles are witnesses against baptizing people in the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

The Apostles were with Jesus for three and one-half years, they were taught of Him, they understood that Jesus meant to baptize people in the Name, not titles.

Paul said,” And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” (Col .3:17). “There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all” (Eph 4:4-6).

That one baptism must be the one the Apostles preached, which was in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; that Names is Jesus. The baptismal services that are recorded in the New Testament were all performed in Jesus’ Name. Not one single did they repeat the words Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. That ought to be proof that baptism in the Name is right.

Philip preached to the Samaritans and baptized them in the Name of Jesus—read it in Acts 8:12-16. Later on Peter preached to Cornelius the same as he preached to the Jews in Acts 2:38, the Holy Ghost fell on Cornelius and on all them that heard Peter.

When Peter heard them speak in other tongues. He said, “Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.” (Acts 10:47-48). (The Name of the Lord is Jesus).

So all people who have received the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in other tongues must be baptized over into the Name of Jesus like Cornelius was. Cornelius was a Gentile.

The Apostle Paul came to Ephesus and found some of John’s disciples and he asked them how they were baptized. They said, “Unto John’s baptism.” Paul told them John’s baptism was not for this time and when they heard what he said, they were baptized over into the Name of Jesus. Read it in Acts 19:1-6.

John baptized on the other side of the Cross which was before Pentecost. The Church had its beginning on the day of Pentecost. We see that Paul also baptized in the Name of Jesus like all the other Apostles.

Paul himself was baptized in the Name of Jesus for the washing away of his sins. We read where Ananias, a man of God who was not an Apostle but baptized in the Name of Jesus, came to Paul and said to him, “And now why tarriest thou? (Or why do you wait, Paul?) Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the Name of the Lord.” Read it in Acts 22:12-16

The early church from the day of Pentecost on, baptized in the Name of Jesus until the trinity doctrine was established by wicked men about three hundred years after Pentecost. From then on, the trinity baptism was and is practiced to this day. Who do you follow—God’s Word or men’s teachings?

The New Birth is of water and the Spirit according to St. John 3:5. Obey Acts 2:38 and you have the born again experience like they had on the day of Pentecost and thereafter. It cannot fail—it is God’s plan.

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