Acts 2:38 (NIV) “And Peter said to them, repent, and let each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit”
In Acts 1:10-13 after Jesus went into heaven Matthew was there in the upper room. Latter after the holy Ghost filled everyone in Acts 2:1-4 and when Peter preached in Acts 2 he was there. In Acts 2:14 – 14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. Matthew was there.
Peter was fulfilling Matthew 28:19 ” Go ye into all the world baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.”
This command in Matthew 28:19 was not a baptismal service. There was no water there or baptism performed. Jesus was resurrected and about to ascend into heaven and he gave his last instructions.
Peter did baptize in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. He baptized in the name of Jesus Christ opening up the church age. Acts 2:38 (NIV) “And Peter said to them, repent, and let each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit”
Scripture says “Do all in the name of Jesus” Colossians 3:17…it also tells us there is no other name where by we must be saved in Acts 4:12
Peter held the keys to open up the church age (Matthew 16:15-19 (NIV) “He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah,[a] the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock, I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
Peter opened the church to the Jews in Acts 2:37-38 and to the gentiles in Acts 10:46 -48 NIV –‘For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God. Then Peter said, 47 “Surely no one can stand in the way of their being baptized with water. They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.” 48 So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked Peter to stay with them for a few days.”
Peter fulfilled Matthew 28:19. These Scriptures are not contradictory. There is only one baptism not two Ephesians. 4:5 (NIV) “There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism.” Matthew 28:19 and Acts 2:38 work in total harmony.
The Apostle Paul baptized in Jesus name – In Acts 19:3-5 (NIV) “So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive? John’s baptism,” they replied. 4 Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” 5 On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Baptism also links us to Israel and the Old Testament patriarchs like Noah 1 Peter 3:20-21 (NIV) “to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, 21 and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God.”
Paul speaks of Israel being baptized. 1 Corinthians 10:1-2 (NIV) “For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. 2 They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea.
Paul again shows baptism in the Old Testament Colossians 2:11-12 (NIV) “In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.” Paul here says, “buried”. Baptism in the New Testament implies being emerged, so we fully immerse and bury.
We also do not baptize infants. We see no record of infant baptism in the entire New Testament. We believe baptism is a choice we are aware of. Jesus didn’t force himself on the little children. He said in Matthew 19:14 (NIV) “Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” We are trying to go by the Holy Scriptures not traditions of men or religious ceremonies of men.
John 5:43 (NIV) “I am come in my Father’s name.” The name of Jesus is the Fathers complete name in the New Testament.
1 Thessalonians 5:23 (NIV) “May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
This Scripture let’s us see that Jesus also had a soul body and Spirit. So many confuse the eternal Father in him with his humanity. They separate the Father from the Son. They make two and three gods rather than one. We baptize in Jesus name like Peter and Paul knowing Jesus Christ is the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
Matthew 27:51-53 (NIV) “At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split 52 and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. 53 They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.”
Jesus was what the tabernacle plan was all about. Here we see the veil to the Holiest place was torn at his death making way to the ark of covenant, which meant the very presence of God was available to all through the sacrifice of his blood on the cross.
He fulfilled the Old Testament in great detail. God’s plan was always to be in Christ. Many take this as a preexisting Son. God knew he would be in Christ in his fullness.
Genesis 1:1 “(NIV) In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
John 1:1-4 (NIV) “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind”
God knew he would be manifested in space and time in Jesus Christ. His entire plan of mans redemption surrounds this from the beginning
God is in eternity and speaks of things to come as if they already happen. Our anthropomorphisms in language make it seem as if God is only in our dimension.
Philosophy in the name of theology so easily happens. Matthew 28:19 (NIN) “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” This Scripture was fulfilled by the very Apostles Jesus was talking too. Acts 2:38 (NIV) “Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
Mark is a synoptic Gospel with Matthew and Luke. Marks account of Matthew 28:19 tells us that the resurrected Jesus was talking to the eleven. Mark 16:15-16 (NIV) “Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen. 15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
Luke gives his account in Luke 24:36-53 (NIV) “36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.” 40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. 41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate it in their presence. 44 He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”50 When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. 51 While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. 52 Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. 53 And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.”
Luke wrote the book of Acts and starts his unique address the same way. Luke 1:1-3 (NIV) “Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, 2 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. 3 With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus” in Acts one we see the same kind of opening. Acts 1:1-3 (NIV) “In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach 2 until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. 3 After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.”
Again we see Matthew is there in Acts 1:13. He is there in Acts 2:37. This shows there was no contention with Jesus Name Baptism and Peter opening up the Church Age. This shows clearly that Matthew 28:19 was fulfilled with the opening of the Church Age
The hermeneutics of Scripture show Jesus Name Baptism was what the early church did. The contradictions come with philosophy and theology not the Word of God
The Apostle Paul baptized in Jesus Name and he was the Apostle to the gentiles. He along with Peter were leaders in the very onslaught of the church age Galatians 2:8 (NIV) “For God, who was at work in Peter as an apostle to the circumcised, was also at work in me as an apostle to the Gentiles.”
Ephesians 2:19-20 (NIV) 19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.
Revelation 21:14 (NIV) “The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.”
The New Jerusalem has the name of the twelve apostles written on the walls and foundations. Why would we not obey Scripture? Why would we go against the Apostles Doctrine?
Table of the Lord baptizes in Jesus Name
Oneness of God (Who do Men Say that I Am?)
Oneness of God (Church Councils)
The Fathers Name (Jesus Name)
Baptism in Jesus Name
Augustine against Pelagius