Baptizing in Jesus' name
Many people baptize in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. But it's wrong.
After all, what is the NAME of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit? The term "name" is singular, meaning one. I strongly believe that name is Jesus.
Acts 10:48 states: 48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.
(All these will be KJV. Other translations straight out say "In the name of Jesus Christ")
Luke 24:45-47 say:
5 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
The proper form of baptism is in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as Jesus designated in Matt. 28:19,"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations,baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit." The clear command of Jesus is to baptize this way. But,if that is so,then why do we see so many instances in the New Testament where people were baptized "in Jesus' name"?
The reason they were baptizing "in the name of Jesus" is not because it was a formula, but because the phrase, "in the name of" means "in the authority of. We can see proof of this in Acts 4:7-10, "And when they had placed them in the center, they began to inquire, 'By what power, or in what name, have you done this?' 8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, 'Rulers and elders of the people, 9 if we are on trial today for a benefit done to a sick man, as to how this man has been made well, 10 let it be known to all of you, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified,whom God raised from the dead, by this name this man stands here before you in good health.'" The Jews asked "by what power, or in what name, have you done this?" Peter answers and says that it was in the name of Jesus that they had healed. In other words, "in the name of Jesus" means that it is by the power and authority found in Christ. We can see this usage many places in the New Testament.
As you can see, "in the name of the Lord Jesus" and "in the name of Jesus" speaks of "in the authority of Jesus." Therefore, when someone is properly baptized, they are baptized in the name of Jesus; that is, by the authority of Jesus. Therefore, when they are properly baptized in the name of Jesus, they should say, "I baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit," just as Jesus commanded us to do.
You're right about the authority being in the name of Jesus. And like you said, the name of Jesus is the name of the LORD and of the Holy Ghost. All the disciples baptized in the name of Jesus because they knew what the name was when Jesus told the to baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Again, that name is singular. If the authority all resides in Jesus why wouldn't we baptize in the name Jesus? We pray in the His name, heal in His name, why not baptize?
I agree with a lot of what you said, just not the last sentence or so.
Its simple why we baptize in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit because Jesus told us too.
Acts 2:38," Then Peter said unto them, 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 8:16," "For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized"in the name of the Lord Jesus."
Acts 10:48, "And he commanded them to be baptized"in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days."
Acts 19:5, "When they heard this, they were baptized"in the name of the Lord Jesus."
Acts 22:16, "And now why do you delay? Arise, and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name.
Are just a few examples, theres many places in the Bible where the power resides in the name Lord Jesus.
Instead of baptizing "in the name of Jesus" we should listen to what Jesus said in Matthew 28:19 and baptize "in the name of the Father, and of the son, and of the holy spirit".
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