In Matthew 28:19, Jesus clearly instructed the disciples to baptize in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. If the Lord’s exact words were a formula to be recited, then why did the disciple always baptize or instruct the people to be baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus (Acts 2:38; 8:16; 10:48; 19:5)?
Do we baptise in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit?
“In the name of” is not just recitation, but indicates the authrority and power of the risen Christ (Phil 2:10-11). It is in Jesus that we can have the forgiveness of sins during baptism (Col 1:14). Because it is into Christ that we are baptized (Gal 3:27), the baptismal candidate must believe the Lord Jesus as his Lord and Savior and determine to live for Christ all his life.
Instead of saying “in Jesus’ name,” which he never once did, Jesus mentioned ” in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” to show that all authorities that are God’s have now been given to him.
“Father,” or “Son,” or “the Holy Spirit” are not names. They are titles. The name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit is “Jesus” (Jn 5:43; 17:11; 14:26), and there is only one name (singular)
There is no other name (than the name of Jesus Christ) under heaven given to men by which we must be saved (Acts 4:10,12). Only through the name of Jesus is a person’s sin cleansed during baptism (Acts 2:38; 10:43).
Since it is not a formula to be recited, can we baptise in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit?
It is true that the Bible does not say that a person’s salvation hinges on the baptist’s pronouncement of Jesus’ name, and it is true that “in the name of” should be more than a formula. But it is also unlikely that the apostles baptized people “in the name of the Lord Jesus” or “in the name of Jesus” without actually saying so. There is evidence that the apostles did say, “in the name of Jesus” when they cast out demons because that was what the exorcists did when they imitated the apostles (Acts 19:13).
In Acts 19:4-5, the believers were re-baptized. Not only were they commanded to believe in Jesus, they were baptized again “in the name of the Lord Jesus.” In terms of the way of baptism, what would be different about this baptism from the baptism they have received if the name of Jesus was not pronounced?
The name “Jesus” is very important.
The name “Jesus” is very important. It carries authority and honor (Phil 2:9-11). God has revealed to the True Jesus Church to baptize in the name of the Lord Jesus and has confirmed such baptism with miraculous signs and wonders. In the same way, God often manifests his power by casting out demons through believers who do so in the name of the Lord Jesus. But it is not merely the recitation of the name that makes baptism effective or drives away demons. It is the presence of the Holy Spirit and the promise of God that manifests God’s power in Jesus’ name.
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