These are my notes from tonight's (1/11/2001) Sermon on "The Name
The Father". I have uploaded the audio in RealAudio format to
John 5:43 I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not:
if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.
Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call
his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
Luke 1:31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring
forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them
in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
In order to obey Matt 28:19 one MUST be aware of the name that Jesus
was referring to. Merely chanting the Bible verse is not the same
as obeying it.
The Apostles obeyed Jesus and used the NAME that Jesus was referring
to. Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are not names but rather they are
used to specify which NAME that Jesus wanted to be used.
"Father" is not a NAME, there are many fathers (who also have names).
"Son" is not a NAME, there are many sons (who also have names).
"Holy Spirit" is not a NAME, and Lord knows that there are a *bunch*
of demons and spirits running around "pretending" to be "holy" (to
numerous to name, but one third of the angels).
Jesus Christ is a NAME. And it is a name that the false churches
hate (at least in baptism, where it counts!).
Look also at the previous verse:
Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All
power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
If there were any other "god squad members" they would be powerless.
Some 3 god cultists will actually use the name of Jesus in what they
perceive to be an insult. They will call the true ONE GOD Apostolic
Christians "Jesus only" (and they mean it as an insult because they
actually believe in three separate Catholic gods).
Notice carefully that in Matt 28:19 Jesus said 'name' (singular) and
not 'names' (plural). For those (like the Apostles) that only
believe in ONE GOD, baptism in a singular name does not present a
problem (ONE GOD, ONE NAME).
To find out what the NAME is that fits the ONE GOD who manifested
Himself as "Father"(Spirit) and as "Son"(Flesh) and as "Holy
Spirit"(Spirit of Christ to indwell saints); we can look and see how
the Apostles baptised. The Apostles always baptised in the name of
their God. The Bible says that there is only one name that can save:
Acts 4:10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel,
that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom
God raised from the dead, [even] by him doth this man stand here
before you whole.
Acts 4:11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders,
which is become the head of the corner.
Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none
other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
There is only one God, and there is only one saving NAME.
Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized
every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission
of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Water Baptism in Jesus name remits sins.
Acts 8:12 But when they believed Philip preaching the things
concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they
were baptized, both men and women.
People who BELIEVE in the NAME are baptised in that NAME. The
next verse shows how the folks in verse 12 were baptised
Acts 8:16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they
were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)
Acts 15:26 Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our
Lord Jesus Christ.
Acts 16:18 And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved,
turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus
Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.
There is POWER in the NAME (that is why the devil and his
ministers fight against Jesus name baptism).
Acts 19:4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of
repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him
which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
Acts 19:5 When they heard [this], they were baptized in the name of
the Lord Jesus.
Those who "believed on the name" were baptised in that name.
Acts 19:6 And when Paul had laid [his] hands upon them, the Holy
Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.
Acts 19:17 And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also
dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of
the Lord Jesus was magnified.
Notice also the dire warning against the trinity in the Word
of God and how it is a SPOILER of the souls of men.
Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy
and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments
of the world, and not after Christ.
9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all
principality and power:
11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made
without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh
by the circumcision of Christ:
12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with
him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised
him from the dead.