Is Baptism in Jesus Name Essential.
And that repentance and remission sins should be preached in his name, unto all nations, beginning at Jerusalem (Luke 24;27).
If the Lord commanded it then anything done in his name is essential. For it is in his name that we heal the sick, it’s in his name that we raise the dead, it’s in his name that we cast out demons and his name we are baptised, and further still why would we not insist that baptism be the same as any other ordinance? If we can take on his name at the dinner table and eat our meals blessed in his name why wouldn’t you or I take on his name for the more important event that of salvation.
Jesus specifically mentions his name when he referred to baptism, Johns baptism was specific, it was a baptism of repentance. Jesus baptism was specific too, “in his name.” Since Jesus is the name of our God, then we take on the name of the family that bear his name. This is the way of all who are born into a family on earth, we take on the name of our father and the family we enter into. This is confirmed by Peter whose response to the question “what must we do to be saved” replied, “repent and be baptised every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission sins and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” (Acts 2”38) This is what All men “should do” the Jews took on the name that day when salvation came to them through Peter, they were commanded to be baptised into the name for the remission of sins suggesting to us that there is no remission OF sins without the name being applied upon salvation.
This is further evidenced by acts 4 “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12). Salvation and the name are interwoven together. His name is the seal of our new birth, he performs it, he baptises us, and it’s into his family we become brothers and sisters. He becomes our father, we therefore declare with assurance, we are born of God.
The same truth came also to the gentiles, as they were the ones who would trust in the name of Jesus (Matt 12;21 ). They would discover as did the gentiles in Athens that God has a name (Acts 17;23,27,28). Paul preached to them Jesus, for it was in the name that both Jew and gentile would trust.
9 reasons why you should be baptised into Jesus name
By Paul B Thomas
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