Why We Baptize in Jesus Name and Not by Saying Father, Son, and Holy Ghost

Apostolic Pentecostals baptize people in the name of Jesus and not by saying in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Now many people have never heard of baptism in Jesus Name. So the question arises, “Why would you baptize in Jesus Name, and not by Saying Father, Son, and Holy Ghost?” In Matthew 28:19, Jesus told His disciples to baptize people in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. We know the Name of the Son is Jesus. But what is the Name of the Holy Ghost? In John 14:26, we find out that the Holy Ghost comes in the Name of Jesus. Then we find out in Romans 8:9 that the Holy Ghost is the Spirit of Jesus. Therefore, the Name of the Holy Ghost is Jesus. What then is the Name of the Father? Jesus said in John 5:43 that He came in His Father’s Name. We also know the Father and the Son are one (John 10:30; John 14:8-9; Isaiah 9:6). Simply put, the Father and the Son have the same Name. Even with this Biblical evidence, some people are still confused on which way to baptize. We then can look at how the disciples baptized after Jesus gave that commandment in Matthew 28:19. Looking at Acts 2:38-41, we find Peter baptizing people in Jesus Name. These were the first baptisms after Matthew 28:19. Later we find Philip the evangelist baptizing people in Jesus Name in Acts 8:12-17. Many years later we find the Apostle Paul re-baptizing people who had been baptized by John the Baptist in the Name of Jesus. It is amazing to find that every baptism that happened after Jesus gave commandment in Matthew occurred in Jesus Name. That’s why we baptize in Jesus Name, and encourage everyone to do the same.

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