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# 01241 :  Baptism- whose name
According to Matt.28:19,20 apostles were instructed to baptize disciples in the name of Father,Son and the Holy Spirit.

But when we come to the book of Acts 2:38 Apostle peter is speaking be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, this same phrase is seen in 19:5,22:16. Would you please explain me this with scriptural support. Is it ok with baptism in the name of Jesus Christ?

Another question related to this is that if a person is baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, it is needed or not needed to baptize him again in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Post by : sathyanweshy  View Profile    since : 3 May 2007


Reply by : George P. Koshy   View Profile   Since : 3 May 2007 8:25:00 AM Close
Dear 'sathyanweshy,'

This question pops up now and then! Therefore, let me ask you some questions to direct your thinking along with that of others who may have the same question. This is the process of epistemology. Our Lord Jesus Christ used this method to teach his disciples and others. Please answer.

In Matthew 28:19-20 who are asked to be baptized by whom?

In Acts 2:38 who were baptized by Peter and others?

In Acts 19:5 who were baptized by Paul?

Do we read in Acts 22:16 that the person of interest was baptized in the name of the Lord?

We will proceed step-by-step, after hearing your answers.

Shalom Malekim!!!

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Reply by : sathyanweshy   View Profile   Since : 3 May 2007 10:37:08 PM Close
In Mt. 28:19,20- command is given to the apostles. It is understood that those who hear their words are to be baptized in the name of father,son, and H.S.
In Acts 2:38- Repented Jews
In acts 19:5- disciples of John the baptist. They are again baptized in the name of Christ. It is understood that they are Jews.
In acts 22:16 we do not read that the person is baptized. But in Acts 9:18 it is stated that he is baptized.
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Reply by : George P. Koshy   View Profile   Since : 4 May 2007 11:47:26 AM Close
Dear 'sathyanweshy,'

Thank you for answering my question.

In Matthtew 28:19-20 we read about "preach" followed by "make" followed by "baptizing."

"Preach" is connected with "gospel," "make" is connected with "disciples," and "baptizing" is connected with "the name." We also read that "the name" as "the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit;" one name (singular).

Now my question to you:

What is the meaning of baptism to those who baptize and to those who are baptized?

Shalom Malekim!!!

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Reply by : sathyanweshy   View Profile   Since : 5 May 2007 1:06:39 AM Close
Dear brother thanks for the prompt reply

I understand that baptism to those who baptize is obedience to the commandment of the Lord. And they must do it as instructed.

To those who are baptized is also an obedience to the Lord as well as to those who teach -to be baptized.

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Reply by : George P. Koshy   View Profile   Since : 7 May 2007 12:07:52 PM Close
Dear 'sathyanweshy,'

Thank you for the reply. Unfortunately, you did not answer my question. I asked about the meaning of baptism and your reply was about some of the implications or why one is baptized.

The meaning should be about what it meant to the one who is baptized and the one who performs it. What is the significance of this act to both?

Shalom Malekim!!!

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Reply by : sathyanweshy   View Profile   Since : 9 May 2007 2:09:07 AM Close
Dear brother, I am in little dilemma. Please explain me.
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Reply by : George P. Koshy   View Profile   Since : 9 May 2007 9:27:50 AM Close
Dear 'sathyanweshy,'

The meaning of baptism for the baptizee was that he submitted himself to be a follower or a disciple of the baptizer who baptizes them in his name. Those who were baptized by JOhn in his name were the disciples of John.

The meaning of baptism to the baptizer is that he accepts the baptizee as his disciple, because they were baptized in the baptizer's name.

With this in mind, could you explain each of the verses you cited in the light of your answer on 3 May 2007?

Shalom Malekim!!!

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