KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 28:19 KJV Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
The Christian Church believes in the trinity. Although the word trinity is not used anywhere in the scriptures yet it is fully expressed all throughout the bible.
The Lord asked the church to baptize all the converts in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and not in the ‘names’. These are three persons yet He says they have one name, not names. It also suggests that the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit are co equal and share in the same glory (John 17:5) God is one although He has three distinct persons. There are a number of scriptures that these three persons function together. In 2 Corinthians 13:14 it says, ” The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.” In this verse we see the three persons seen together in unique functions, all for the up keep of the believer.
In 1 Peter 1:2, the three persons are once again involved in the salvation of the believer.1Pe 1:2 KJV ” Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.” The father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are always involved to save, to create and even to fellowship with the believer.
In the baptism of the Christian the Lord asked them to baptize in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. What is that name? Throughout the Acts of the APOSTLES, they always baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Acts 8:16 KJV” (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)” We find other scriptures like Acts 2:38, Acts 19:5. Some people pray and close their prayer in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. No where in the recordings of scripture do we see anyone pray that way. They always prayed in the name of the Lord Jesus. The Lord Jesus Himself said, whatever you shall ask the father in my name He will do it. John 16:23. In this new Covenant era the only name given to us to be saved is the name Jesus. Acts 4:12. It is also in this name that we approach the father. Jesus is the English of the Hebrew Yehoshua or Yeshua, the Greek ‘Iesous’ and it means ‘Jehovah is salvation’
Jesus is the name of God given to us to be saved.
THOUGHT: IN THE OLD COVENANT GOD REVEALED HIMSELF AS YAHWEH, NOW HE REVEALS HIMSELF AS JESUS
Acts 4:12 KJV Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
1Tim 3:16 KJV “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the ;,flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory”.