Saturday, January 30, 2010

"Is there a difference between Baptism in the name of Jesus and Baptism in the Trinity?"

Jesus said “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Mt 28:20). Later Peter asked the people to “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” (Act 2:38). Peter again told Cornelius “And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days” (Acts 10:48).

Now, Jesus himself said "be baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost", but Peter said in the name of Jesus. There is no contradiction in what he is saying. The issue is, Peter looks at it in terms of the work of salvation; while, Jesus states it in terms of persons. Baptism was to unite the believer with Jesus.

Baptism was and is a symbol of regeneration: death and being buried with Christ and resurrecting with him (Rom 6:3-6; Col 2:12). Peter went further to explain that Baptism is not a physical exercise of bathing oneself to take away physical dirt, but one of putting forth a good conscience towards God (I pet 3:21). So when Peter says “be baptized in the name of Jesus” he is not saying that by baptizing in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost is wrong. No, it is not! To be baptized in the name of Jesus simply means be baptized with the person through whom you obtain salvation. Don’t forget that Father, Son and Holy Ghost are actually titles. Would it be wrong if someone rather than addresses you by your title calls you by your name? The Father, Son and Holy Ghost form the trinity. The trinity simply means three persons in one essence.

Until then, there is no need to rebaptize if you were baptized in the Trinity.

Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk

“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk).
Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk).

Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

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