By Paul B Thomas
Q. When I joined my church, I was baptised with the phrase “I now baptise you in the name of the Father Son and Holy Ghost” spoken over me should I then be re-baptized in the name of Jesus?
A. There is one Lord one faith and one baptism. As you may know the studies here persistently follow the apostles doctrine and for this reason. I seek to obey the Lord! My passion is to preach it like the apostles taught it in order to see what they saw take place in my life, ministry and city. If we follow Jesus would want to obey him. and why not! It is his gospel. Hence my answer to your question is do everything that needs to be done in order to obey Jesus.
A man must be baptized into the name and the one who bears it. We see souls baptized into the name in the book of Acts. Baptism more than an initiation, its a covenant and we aught to know who exactly we are coming into covenant with. Secondly baptism is not where one is placed into an organisation or position, baptism is where a man or woman comes into Christ. We are baptised into Christ (Romans 6:3) this is why we take on Christ’s name which is Jesus. This is important, we do it to enter into one’s family, the family that bears his name, hence we embrace Jesus name at baptism, coming into covenant with it and entering the family that bear it.
In Acts 19:1-10 the folks at Ephesus were baptized into Johns baptism. Johns baptism was for the “a baptism unto repentance” (Matthew 3:11) It could not give a man eternal life. Jesus had not died and therefore salvation was not available but John preached a message of baptism “for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38) or leading up to the new birth. John himself said there was one coming after him who “he did not know” (V33) but Peter in Acts exhorts those that did know him to be baptized into the name (Acts 2:38). So baptism in the name of Jesus is for those who know Jesus as both Lord and God. So one can be baptized again or re-baptized into the name of Jesus and here is the example.
Paul asked the Ephesian believers, the question, into what then were you baptised” and they said “Johns baptism” Then Paul said, “John indeed baptised with a baptism of repentance saying to the people that they should believe on him who should come after him that is on Jesus Christ. When they heard this they were baptized in the name of the lord Jesus” (Acts 19:6).
Remember also that John baptized many folks and that there is every possibility that those on the day of Pentecost who were followers and disciples of both John and Jesus were re-baptized into the name also (Acts 2:38).
Many today are baptized after repentance, Just like those at Ephesus. They heard a message of repentance and repented and then were baptized but not into the name. They were not baptized into the name because they had no revelation of Jesus as God or a revelation that baptism is for the remission of all sins (Acts 2:38).
Re-baptism gives us a great new opportunity to start over. God has a new start for you. If your Christian walk was shallow then receive the revelation of Jesus and his name. When a man discovers that Jesus and the importance of the name he becomes unstoppable. Be re-baptized, it will change your life and walk with God.
For more info on re-baptism why not purchase Acts 2:38 Salvation AND also available from Amazon 9 Reasons why you should be baptised into Jesus Name. These books will encourage you in the truth and if you are a preacher they will be a source of sound doctrine and change the way you preach the gospel, for ever. Conforming to the apostles teaching, you too will teach with power and conviction and truth.