Acts 8:16,17 ....They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
17 Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who were listening to the message.
48 And he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.
Acts 19:5,6 (REBAPTIZED) When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
6 And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them,....
These 4 passages in the book of Acts are examples of how the early church (and the apostles) obeyed (and understood) the great commision in Matt 28,19. The early church understood that Matt. 28:19 points to ONE Name which represents all the redemptive manifestations of the Godhead, for it says "in the name" not names. Matt. 28,19 should not be construed as an oral baptismal formula. If it was then the apostles would have used it. The Lord gave the apostles special understanding of these words of the Great commision.
45 Then opened he their (the apostles) understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
In verse 47 Jesus repeated the Great commision again using different wording.
47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. This is a clear reference to Matt 28,19 being fulfilled in Acts 2,38. I would rather trust the apostles interpretation on Matt 28,19 than anyone else. After all, Jesus said to(Eph 2,20)! There isn't even one place in the Bible where anyone was ever Baptised using the words of Matt 28,19. Proof that the modern interpretation of this verse is faulty! CLICK HERE FOR MORE
I have often said that if "Father, Son, and Holy Spirit" is a name, then "JESUS" is above that (see Phil. 2,10). Zechariah 14:9 says;...
And the LORD shall be King over all the earth. In that day it shall be--" The LORD is one," and His name one. (NKJ)
Most church members today don't understand that the name " JESUS " is the FULL revelation of God! Why? Because of man-made tradition! May the Lord open your understanding as you study this subject. (also see "UNDERSTANDING THE TRINITY" on this web-site).
The modern church of today does NOT follow these examples of the apostles in the book of Acts!
Shame on them! Eph 2:20 says the church was "built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets,...
Acts 2:38, 8:16, 10:48, and 19:5 all teach baptism
in the name of Jesus. Some people reject the idea
that these four verses speak of a formula, basing their
argument on the slight variations in the wording. For
example, Acts 2:38 says, “Jesus Christ,” while Acts
8:16 and 19:5 say, “Lord Jesus.”
But their reasoning is faulty. What is significant is
that in the Greek all four verses include the name
Jesus. The words "Lord" or "Christ" may vary in the four passages
but, the name of Jesus is used consistently. For the oral formula for baptism it is recommened however, that "Lord" or "Christ"
be added (as examples in Acts show) (or both) to identify the Lord Jesus Christ specifically due to the fact that other people in history have been named Jesus.
For an example of what "in the name of Jesus" means, we need only look at the story of the lame man's healing in Acts 3. Jesus said to pray for the sick in His name (Mark 16:17-18), and Peter said the lame man was healed by the name of Jesus (Acts 4:10). How did this happen? Peter actually spoke the words, "in the name of Jesus Christ" (Acts 3:6). The name Jesus spoken in faith produced the result.
At this point, we must emphasize that the Bible does not teach "baptismal regeneration," for the water and the ceremony do not have saving power in themselves. Water baptism is not a magical act; it is without spiritual value unless accompanied by conscious faith and repentance. The Roman Catholic Church for example is a promoter of Baptismal Regeneration. Infant baptism is a good example of this. How can a baby have faith and repent? Baptism is important only because God has ordained it to be so. God could have chosen to remit sin without baptism, but in the New Testament church He has chosen to do so at the moment of baptism. Our actions at baptism do not provide salvation or earn it from God; God alone remits sins based on Christ's atoning death. When we submit to repentance and water baptism in the Name of Jesus Christ according to Acts 2:38 22,16 and John 3,5 (and other verses) God honors our obedient faith and forgives our sins.
Why take the chance? Follow the examples of the original church in the book of Acts as I have and be baptised (or rebaptised) with the matchless name of Jesus Christ called over you.
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