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BAPTISMAL FORMULA IN YESHUA’S NAME ONLY

Nov
29

For many Christians, the correct baptismal formula is an important step in Christianity. This analysis will assess the biblical revelation for baptism in Yeshua’s name.

“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. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, for all whom the Lord our God will call.” (NIV: Acts 2:38-39).

“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, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (NIV: Matthew 28:19-20).

The baptism in the Messiah Yeshua’s name, according to Acts 2:38, does not violate the commandment that Messiah Yeshua gave in Matthew 28:19 because the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit’s salvation name is Yeshua Ha Mashiach. Today, many Christians are divided over what is called the correct baptismal formula. The Roman Catholic Church and the majority of the Protestant churches baptize “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew. 28:19). However, a small but growing number of Christian churches that are called Apostolic are baptizing “in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 2:38) and a smaller number of believers are baptizing in the sacred and most Holy name of Yeshua the Messiah. Some critics ignorantly call this division a conflict of choosing the Messiah Yeshua’s commandment and the apostle Peter’s commandment. Actually there is no real conflict between the Savior’s words and Peter’s words. They harmonize perfectly. This article reveals several reasons why the baptism in the name of Yeshua the Messiah does not violate the commandment of Yeshua in Matthew 28:19.

Acts 2:38 records the Apostle Peter’s words when he spoke on the Day of Pentecost, “Peter said, ‘Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Yeshua the Messiah for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’” This was a robust declaration by Peter that “there is no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Water baptism in the name of Yeshua indicates a realization by all persons being baptized that Messiah is their Savior.

Christian baptism is also conducted in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19). Water baptism in this manner simply means you are identifying yourselves with the God’s Tri-unity. Christians belong to the Father and believers are saved by the Son, and they are indwelt by the Holy Spirit. This is similar to how believer’s should pray in Yeshua’s name (John 14:13). When believers pray in the sacred name of Yeshua, they are praying with His authority and asking God the Father to act upon their prayers because they come in the name of His Son, Yeshua. Being baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit is being baptized in identification with them and their power over and in your life. Yeshua Himself specifically tells believers to baptize “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19).

In the Book of Acts, new believers were baptized in the name of Yeshua (Acts 2:38; 8:12; 8:16; 10:48; 19:5). It is, however, essentially the same thing because Yeshua, the Father and the Holy Spirit are one (John 10:30; Acts 16:7). Many believers are baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit because of Messiah Yeshua’s instructions. However, as the book of Acts proves, baptizing in the name of Yeshua is also done because this is how Messiah Yeshua wanted his followers to execute the baptismal formula.

The names of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are all the same. For example, in Exodus 3:13-16, Psalm 68:4, Isaiah 12:2, 26:4 and 38:11 the name of God the Father is YAH-WEH or YAH, which is like calling a man DANIEL or DAN. The name YAH-WEH means I AM who I AM (Ayah Ashur Ayah). The name of the Son is Yeshua which is short for YAH-SHUA. Bear in mind, the name JESUS is an English word that originated from the Greek name IESOUS which was derived from the Hebrew name YAH-SHUA. The word YAH means I AM and the word SHUA means salvation, which proves that YAHSHUA’S name means I AM SALVATION. The name of the Holy Spirit is YAH-SHUA because Messiah Yeshua said “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will SEND IN MY NAME, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” (John. 14:26). While the Holy Spirit is called the RUACH HAKODESH in Hebrew, a few biblical scholars believe that He can be called the RU-YAH HAKODESH, which carries the YAH portion of God’s most sacred name. Therefore careful analysis of the name of YAH-SHUA reveals the SALVATION name of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

THE BAPTISMAL FORMULA IN HISTORY

The baptismal formula was changed from the name of Jesus Christ (Yahshua Ha Mashiach) to the words Father, Son and Holy Spirit by Christian Church leaders in the second Century AD. The early church always baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus (Yeshua) until the development of the Trinitarian Formula in 2nd century AD. The use of the Trinitarian formula of any sort was not suggested in early church history. Baptism was always in the name of ‘Lord Jesus’ (Yeshua) until time of Justin Martyr when the triune formula was used.

The words “Father, Son and Holy Spirit” was added later to replace the original words “in my name” (Matthew 28:19) and codified at the Nicean Council in 325 A.D. when much of the biblical “Jewishness” and the faith was done away with; therefore, we should not be surprised that some very non-Hebraic traditions were introduced, according to some biblical scholars. Some earlier Christian theologians who had seen the complete book of Matthew attested that the early copies of Matthew did not contain the phrase “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit”. Eusebius wrote that these words were not in the early texts, as did other theologians. The evidence appears to be overwhelming that the Trinitarian phrase was not in the original texts. This history reveals why the disciples always baptized in the name of Yeshua, according to bible teacher Lonnie Lane.

THE BAPTISMAL FORMULA IN SACRED NAMES

Finally, while the baptism in Yeshua’s name appears to be the correct and historic baptismal formula before the Second Century AD, the name or titles in which believers in Yeshua are baptized in is not as significant as the recognition that baptism is a Christian’s symbolic identification with the death, burial and resurrection of Messiah Yeshua our Lord and Savior. Baptism in Yeshua’s sacred name is not a rejection of the Holy Trinity because God the Father, God the Son, and God t

he Holy Spirit have one name for salvation which is YAH-SHUA commonly pronounced  as YESHUA. Understand that water baptism is not a requirement for eternal salvation, because baptism is for the believer who is already saved. Christians are saved by faith in Messiah Yeshua and not by works. Additionally, baptism means that believers are symbolically buried with Messiah Yeshua and they rise again with Messiah to walk with Him in the newness of their spiritual lives.

RELATED SOURCES

Baptized Only In Yeshua’s Name! by Lonnie Lane (Access 28 February 2013). Harper’s Bible Commentary; James L. Mays (general editor); 1988. Harper’s Bible Dictionary; Paul J. Actemeier (general editor); 1952. The Bible; Dr. Jeffrey Geoghegan; 2003. The Bible ; Jim Bell and others; 2000. The Harper Collin’s catholic Encyclopedia; Richard P. McBrien (general editor); 1989. The World’s Religions; Brandon Toropov and others; 2000.

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