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!).
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.
Rev. Steve Winter
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