Water Baptism

Matthew 28:19 states: Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Does this verse state, that we should be baptizing people in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Is this the proper way to baptize people or isn’t it? You may also be thinking why does it even matter? Let me put it to you this way; if you are looking to bake a cake, are you going to be looking at a recipe of beef stew? Now, one of the best ways to learn is to follow another’s example. Let us have a look at how Peter the apostle baptized people? After all Peter would have been present when Christ spoke in Matthew 28:19. So, in Acts 2:38 it states: 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.  According to Acts 8:15-16 it states: Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) This of course was speaking about the Samaritans. Then in Acts 10:47-48 it states: Can any man forbid the water, that these should not be baptized, who have received the Holy Spirit as well as we? And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days. It seems that Peter in Acts chapters 2 and 10 was baptizing people in the name of Jesus Christ, and people were receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit. A question you may be asking yourself is why is Peter going against the instructions of Jesus Christ in Matthew 28:19? Is that what he in fact is doing? Let’s have a closer look. Would the name of the Father be Jesus according to John 1:3 which states: all things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. If all things were created by Him, including Adam and Eve and not just their flesh it would also include their spirits. Wouldn’t this make Jesus the Father? The name of the Son is Jesus according 1 John 4:15 and it states: Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. If Jesus claimed to be the Holy Spirit would the Holy Spirit’s name also be Jesus? According to John 14:17-20 which states: the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. So, here Jesus it seems Jesus is claiming to be the Spirit of truth, and He says that the world does not know him. Jesus said but you know him because he lives with you. Jesus is talking about Himself. Jesus also claims that He will be in His disciples. How will Jesus Christ be in His disciples? He will dwell in His disciples as the Holy Spirit. Jesus also claims to be The Father in these verses did you miss it? Read John 14:18 again it states: I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Orphans? That’s right, Jesus said that He will not leave His disciples orphans. One is considered to be an orphan if both parents are dead. Jesus said He will come, and not someone else. If Jesus comes back like this His disciples will no longer be orphans because their father will live in them. Matthew 28:19 states: Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Notice, this verse states to baptize in the name and not names. After looking at the scriptures, it seems that Peter was not going against Jesus Christ, but he was doing exactly what Christ commanded. I personally would follow the example of Peter as he lived alongside Christ. I have again tried my best to present the evidence, but as always I will leave it in your capable hands to make the final decision.




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