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"I Baptize You In the Name of..."

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"I Baptize You In the Name of..."

by Danny Crowe

Jesus said in Matt. 28:19, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost..."

In Acts 8:16 and 19:5, the Bible says "...they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus." Does this mean that the one who baptized them said, "I baptize you in the name of the Lord Jesus..." when they went down in the water? Or that we can be (or should be)? I think not. You see, the ones who were commanded to go baptize were told how to do it..."In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost," and the ones to be baptized were told what they needed to be told...believe in Jesus, trust in his name, look to him for salvation; not Moses, not even John, not Buddha, not Mohammed and so on. Turn your trust from Moses to Jesus, and when they did, they were then baptized in the Lord's baptism, not Moses', not John's, not Baal's, but the Lord Jesus'... his way which he told his workers of in Matt. 28:19, "...in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost."

I cannot find but one example to show this is the way they did baptize, (Jesus telling them to is really enough) and it takes more than a passing reading to see what really happened. So turn with me to Acts 19:2-6.

Acts 19:2-6

Lets back up and get the setting of what happened here at Ephesus. Apollos came here preaching before Paul but he knew only John's baptism (Acts 18:24-26). He believed in Jesus and was preaching Jesus but had not heard how Jesus told his workers to baptize (Matt. 28:19). So he baptized the way Jesus was baptized (and the way Jesus baptized), instead of the way Jesus commanded to be baptized. Apollos baptized unto John's baptism which was only unto repentance.

John preached the coming Jesus, he preached the religious change that was coming, he preached the coming forgiveness of sin but he did not baptize for the forgiveness of sin. His whole reason for preaching was to prepare people to put their trust in "the one to follow" who, according to himself, John wasn't even good enough to untie his shoes (to wash his feet?) much less Jesus use John's baptism to wash men from their sin. Neither was John's baptism in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.

Apollos came preaching Jesus and baptizing unto John's baptism. This husband and wife, Aquila and Priscilla, "taught him the way of God more perfectly." He left, Paul came in the back way and wanted to give them the Holy Ghost. This Holy Ghost did not automatically come with any baptism (Acts 8:14-17). It had to be given after baptism by the laying on of an apostle's hands. (They sent to Jerusalem to get one.) Now pay attention, this is where we learn what was said by the one baptizing. When Paul asked if another apostle had already given them the Holy Ghost, a red flag went up in his brain when they answered, "we have not so much as heard weather there be any Holy Ghost." You see, if they had been baptized unto Jesus' baptism, by his authority, and in keeping with the way he told his workers to baptize, they would have heard there is a Holy Ghost when they were baptized, even if they had not before.

The reason Paul knew they had not been baptized right (with the Lord Jesus' bap-tism) was because they had not at least heard of the Holy Ghost when they were baptized.

Let's back up. Let's say Apollos (or whoever baptized them) said "I baptize you in the name of the Lord Jesus for the remission of your sins" when they were baptized. Paul would have had the same problem. He would have told them the same thing, you need to be baptized again by someone that has read (and obeys) Matt. 28:19 and knows how Jesus wants you to be baptized. You don't have to know about the Holy Ghost before you are baptized, but you have to at least hear about him when you are.

If you did not, you also need to contact a worker who has read Jesus' command-ment to his workers and be baptized the way he commanded in Matt. 28:19, the way they were in Acts 8:14-17, Acts 19:2-6, and many other places.

Jesus wants you to be baptized. You don't have to know about the Holy Ghost before you are baptized, but when you are, you will hear about him then..."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). —Rt. 1, Box 40, Milano, TX 76556

 

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