Obviously, baptism is very important, but does it matter
we are baptized? Is there a correct baptism, or will anything work? If you believe the Bible, then YES, there is a correct baptism.
Most churches baptize in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, but this is not correct according to the Bible.
In Acts 19, there were certain people who already believed on Jesus Christ, but had not yet received the Holy Ghost into their hearts. The apostle Paul knew the correct way to receive the Holy Ghost, so he asked them, “Unto what then were ye baptized?” And they said, “Unto John’s baptism.” (Acts 19:3) Paul saw that they were not baptized according to Peter’s commandment in Acts 2:38, so he instructed them to be re-baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus. Then, as promised, they received the Holy Ghost.
So, why did the disciples baptize in the Name of Jesus when Jesus, Himself, told them to baptize in the
(not “names”) of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost? (Matt 28:19) Did they make a mistake? No! They did exactly as they were instructed.
As you read this article, think about your name. Are you a son? Is your name, “Son”? Are you a mother? Is your name, “Mother”? Of course not, those are simply titles. You have a real name, and so does God.
Here is the answer:
And there is no such a thing in the Bible as anybody ever being baptized in the name of the Father, Son, Holy Ghost; because there is no such a thing. Father’s no name; and Son’s no name; and Holy Ghost is no name; but the Name of the Father, Son, Holy Ghost is the Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is God! He is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
If you are seeking the Holy Ghost and wondering why the Lord has not given it to you yet, then you might want to ask yourself the same question that Paul asked, “Unto what then were ye baptized?”
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in
of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
[What is the Father’s Name? Son’s Name? Holy Ghost’s Name?]
He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
I am come in my Father’s name,
and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.
[If He comes in His Father’s Name, then what is His Name?]
I and my Father are one.
And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.
Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.
Jesus saith unto him,
Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip?
he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?
Then saith he to Thomas,
Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.
And Thomas answered and said unto him,
My Lord and my God.
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.
For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the
name of Jesus Christ
, they were baptized, both men and women.
And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism.
Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
When they heard this, they were baptized in the
name of the Lord Jesus.
And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.
One Lord, one faith,
And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the
name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
I John 5:7
For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and
these three are one.