Baptism in the Name of the Lord Jesus/Oneness Dissertation (With a concentration on Acts 22)
All quotes from Kings James Version (KJV)
And now why tarriest thou? Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord. – Acts 22: 16
This is what was said to Saul by Ananias before the Lord changed his name to Paul, an Apostle of Jesus Christ. (See 22: 12-16).
So we see here Ananias commanding Saul to call upon the name of the Lord, but what is the name of the Lord?
Well, if you go further back in the chapter we see Saul’s encounter with Lord when Saul heard the voice in verse 7 with the words of Jesus in red saying, “Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?” To which Saul replies “Who art thou, Lord?”
Now, the Jews know who the Lord is so why is Saul asking the question since he was a Hebrew of the tribe of Benjamin and a Pharisee (Philippians 3:5)?
Pharisees obeyed and knew there was but ONE Lord according to Deuteronomy 6: 4 -5 where it says, “Here O’ Israel: The Lord our God is One Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.”
The Lord is God Almighty; the Lord has a name though. The word “Lord” in the Hebrew translates as Yehovah. (Hebrew H1961 – The Existing ONE).
In Exodus 3: 14 God said to Moses to tell the Hebrew people, “…I AM hath sent me unto you.”
The Hebrews knew Him as “I AM” in verse 15 where God says, “…this is my name for ever…”.
When we go to John 8:58 we Jesus speaking of himself saying, “…Verily, Verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I Am”.
Jesus is making a statement and declaring that He is the “I AM” of Exodus 3:14. This why the Jews purposed in their hearts to cast stones at Him because Jesus was saying He was God, the “I AM” – Jehovah who is the Father; Isaiah 9:6 also says as much calling the coming King of kings; Jesus – “The Everlasting Father”.
The Jews only knew ONE God; Jehovah – the “I AM” of the Old Testament scriptures, but Jesus is saying He is Jehovah “I AM” of the Old Testament in John 8:58.
With that said we can see and know why Saul is asking the question, “Who art thou, Lord”? To which Jesus replies, “I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest.”
Then we see in verse 16 of Acts 22 Ananias telling Saul to be baptized in the name of the Lord. The name of the Lord is JESUS! Acts 4:12 says “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
Colossians 3:17 says, “ And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the Name of the Lord Jesus, given thanks to God and Father by Him.”
He is our intercessor for sins so it only makes sense that baptism that washes away sins be done in His Name because it is the blood of Jesus that washes away those sins through burial in baptism (Col 2: 12).
Is baptism a deed? It sure is.
Jesus is the salvation name for the New Testament.
When “…Annas the high Priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and as many of the kindred of the high priest were gathered in Jerusalem…” “…asked, by what power, or by what name, have ye done this?” when asked when an impotent man was made whole. To which Peter replied “…by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth…” (See Acts 4: 6 -10).
The name of Jesus has power to heal as we have seen according to the scripture.
At the name of Jesus was a damsel that was possessed with spirit of divination cast out of her (See Acts 16: 16- 18).
So if we can heal in the name Jesus, cast out demons in the name Jesus, then we should be baptized in the name of Jesus as commanded in Acts 2: 38 for the remission of sins.
I have a spirit, a soul, and a body, but yet I am ONE person. Just as Jesus is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
A man can be a father, a son, and have his own spirit just as God is a Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, and since Jesus is God then he is the fullness of the Godhead bodily – Father, Spirit, and Son.
The key to Matthew 28:19 is NAME of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. What is the NAME? JESUS!