Hello Rimpology101 followers and guest!!! I love talking to you all!! I know I’ve been off the scene for quite some time, but I’m back! I will try my best to not stay away that long ever again. Believe it or not, I need YOU, way more than you need me! “Thinking out LOUD” is therapeutic for me. Its a release, an avenue for me to express and articulate the thoughts that run through my mind. Today we’ll be discussing a thought very dear to my heart, the “Jesus Name debate”… A very popular discussion in many religious circles. Cmon, lets dive in!
Colossians 2:9 says “For in him (Jesus) dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” same book, Chapter 3:17 declares, “And EVERYTHING you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
The enemy of God, the devil… Has 3 primary objectives noted in the Gospel of John chapter 10 Vs10, it says he (the thief) has come to steal, kill, and destroy. Its no secret that a popular strategy when trying to conquer a group or more than one person is to divide them, and ultimately conquer them. Think about for a moment how a pack of Lions hunt their prey. They scope out and identify the weakest link, and then strategically plan there attack in a way that will separate the weakest link from the rest of the group. Once separated the lions are able to go in for the kill and there’s nothing at that point the family of the prey can do it about it.
Its my belief that this same strategy is being used by the devil today to bring division within Christendom as a whole. After all, the Apostle Peter does make mention of the devil being as a roaring lion walking around seeing whom he may devour correct? Its the divide and conquer strategy, and sad to say his plan has been successful in getting the visible church to be divided over doctrine or the interpretation of it.
In Christendom there is a debate stemming from a passage of scripture found in the Gospel of Matthew Ch: 28 Vs 16 – 20. It is there where you will find Jesus giving the disciples what is commonly referred to as “The Great Commission”… The conflict or the question of interpretation is found in Vs 19 where Jesus says and I quote from the King James version of the bible, ” Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”
The interpretation of what Jesus said here has caused a great divide in the visible Church. What is the correct formula of administering the Baptism that Jesus refers to in the aforementioned text? Is “the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” the formula? Are all of those Offices referring to “A Name”?? Or does it not matter at all, as long as the person submits to ” a baptism?”
According to what I have read and studied in scripture, I am “PRO Jesus Name”… Leaving out our denominational affiliations or religious organizational ties, and focusing on scripture alone, I find it hard pressed for any believer of the Bible to say otherwise. Mind you, I was initially baptized as a child by a preacher using the formula “And of the Father, and of the Son, and the Holy Ghost”. It wasn’t until I became an avid reader and lover of the word of God that a conflict was revealed in my experience and what I read in the experience of Jesus followers in the book of The ACTS of the Apostles. Specifically ACTS 2:38 where Peter and Apostle of Jesus is asked by a believer what must he do to be saved? Peters answer puzzled me, he told the man to repent, and be baptized in “The Name of Jesus” for the remission of sins, and that he would receive the gift of the Holy Ghost! I asked myself, why didn’t Peter do what Jesus said to do in Matthew 28 and 19….. I began to pray for revelation and an intense study ensued of Jesus’s Great Commission…
The 1st thing that was revealed to me in reference to “The Great Commission” was that Jesus said “NAME,” as in singular! He didn’t say in “The Names” of, but he alluded to “a name” that encompasses all of the titles He mentioned in the text. Secondly I looked throughout the Book of ACTS to see how His Apostles carried out His instructions, and in every instance where a baptism took place, it was done using the name of Jesus…
I then began to ask myself why should I find it so shocking or un-biblical to administrate baptism in Jesus name if I administrate other biblical actions in the name of Jesus also. For example, the Apostles and even Believers today, heal in the name of Jesus, we pray in the name of Jesus, and most importantly salvation comes through belief in Jesus!! The Apostle Paul said in Romans 10:9, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Peter said in Acts 4:12 “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other NAME under heaven given among men by which we MUST BE SAVED” So I concluded that if Peter and Paul found the name of Jesus important enough that salvation comes through that Name, why should I resist the belief that baptism also should be administered in that name?
I had to come to grips with the dangers of traditionalism and pride working within me! Tradition meaning that I would follow or practice what was taught me without questioning or even studying the scriptures for myself. Pride, meaning that I would have to admit that I didn’t have it all, and that there was a deeper relationship Jesus was calling me to.
Its really not about who’s right or who’s wrong here, I believe the goal or the reward is the perfect will of God for all of us. I want to meet the person other than Jesus who have exhausted everything there is to know about the Word of God. Let me tell you a secret rimpology101 readers, that person doesn’t exist! We are all growing in the knowledge of God as we continue to seek Him through a relationship with His son Jesus! Through seeking and relationship “revelatory knowledge” concerning the Father and His will for us is given.
So in conclusion, I follow the evidence where it leads and believe that Baptism in Jesus Name is the correct way to administer water baptism according to the Word of God. I can say a lot more, but now I want to hear from YOU! You know what to do, scroll down and leave a reply, say something!!! Thinking out LOUD is what we do! Love yaw!! Peace