Should people be baptized
ONLY in the name of Jesus?
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Question: Are people required to be baptized ONLY in the name of Jesus Christ? Why do people baptize using "the Father, Son and Holy Spirit"?
Answer: The first thing we near to clear up is that Jesus is NOT the Father. Though of the same character and mind, Christ is a separate Being from the Father as many Bible verses attest to (see John 5:18 - 19, 5:37, 14:26, etc.). He is God, the Son, our Lord and Savior.
Your question concerning why people are baptized using more than the name of Jesus is a good one. It has troubled quite a few people. No where else in the scriptures is the command given to be baptized in the "name OF the Father, and OF the Son and OF the Holy Spirit" except in Matthew 28:19. Compare this with below.
"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, see also Acts 8:15 - 16, Acts 2:38)
There are many passages in the New Testament about doing things "IN THE NAME of the Lord" or Jesus (like casting out demons). There is no Biblical instruction to do anything "IN THE NAME of the Father" or the Holy Spirit. (Colossians 3:17)
If you do a word search, using Strong's Concordance or a computer program, using the phrase "in the name of" you'll find no reference to actions taken by the Father or the Holy Spirit.
I also checked the original Greek scripture for Matthew 28:19 and there is no other way to translate the actual Greek words of that passage. Nor are there any footnotes in any of the translations I can find designating the passage as "suspicious" or "questionable." See Mark 16:9 - 20 and 1John 5:7 - 8 which some translators say were either not there in the oldest manuscripts (the former) or slightly different in original manuscripts (the latter).