Should we baptise in the name of Jesus or in the name of the Father Son and Holy Spirit
There is an enormous amount of debate within the church as to the proper way to baptize someone. Many argue that the way most churches baptise someone which is “In the Name of the father Son and Holy Spirit” is wrong because Scripture clearly states we should baptise in the name of Jesus as given in the Book of Acts. Opponents to this view hold to the words in the Great commission in the book of Mathew. Below are the verses that seemingly cause this conflict .
When Jesus spoke to His Disciples , He told them;
“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.” Mat. 28:19
Also in the book of Acts, there are several verses that imply we should baptise differently;
“Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:38
“And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then they asked him to stay a few days.” Acts 10:48
“When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.” Acts 19:5
We must remember that Jesus was given all authority in Heaven and on the Earth. In the above verse in Acts, the verses are saying by His authority when it uses the phrase “in the name of”. So, it is by His authority that we baptize. He commanded us to do this . By Baptizing in the Name of the Father Son and Holy Spirit, we are baptizing by the authority of Jesus. It is essentially the same thing. One could say, “By the authority of Jesus Christ, I baptise you in the name of the Father Son and Holy Spirit and would be correct.