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This arguement has been on in Christiandom for long.
While some believe in the strict adherance of Jesus' teachings:
Mathew 28:19- "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them[b] in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost..." [/b]
Others rather follow in the steps of the early apostles who baptised people in the name of Jesus.
Acts 19:5 - When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus
Acts 2:38 - Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you[i] in the name of Jesus Christ[/i] for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
While there is so much contention about this even leading to the division of some denominations, i find no problem with the topic.
In my opinion, neither of the two Schools of thought is wrong and this is my arguement:
The father, Son and Holy spirit all answer to the name of Jesus. Notice it did not say "in the name(s) of the father and of the son and of the Holy Ghost..." but it said, " in the name(singular) of the father ..."
The name of the father is Jesus; the name of the son is Jesus; the name of the Holy ghost is Jesus. The all answer to that all powerful name.
Colossians 2:9 - For in him (Jesus) dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
Phil. 2:9 -
"Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
What's your opinion on this?
When Did The Disciples (Peter, James, John And The Rest) Become Born-again?
Was it when Jesus called them, when he died, when he rose or when the Holy Spirit came on penticost? Or were they ever born again?
It is my desire that this topic will lead to better understanding of who we are as New Creations in Christ