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A Closer Look at Baptism and Matthew 28:19

Dale Collins

     Many of you dear readers are in the same situation that we were in starting out.  We had both always been around those who believed in the Trinity and who only baptized people in the titles of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  I have helped many with this issue because I have been there myself.  I commend you for your courage to dig deeper into God’s Word for yourself.  That is a real good thing and is like the Bereans in the Bible.   Acts 17:10 “And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. Act 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” More people should dig deeper to see if what they are being taught is really so. Another Scripture that backs this up is.... 2 Corinthians 13:5 “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” Here we are told to EXAMINE OURSELVES TO SEE IF WE ARE REALLY IN THE FAITH. The reason for this is because it is very possible to be deceived and that ends up very bad for both the one doing the deceiving and those being deceived. Matthew 15:14 “Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, BOTH SHALL FALL INTO THE DITCH.” 2 Timothy 2:15 “Study to shew THYSELF approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”


     When it comes to Baptism the most important part is to get it done and get it done right. Let’s go over the subject of baptism. John 3:1 “There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: (2) The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. (3) Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, EXCEPT A MAN BE BORN AGAIN, HE CANNOT SEE THE KINGDOM OF GOD. (4) Nicodemus saith unto him, HOW can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? (5) Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, EXCEPT A MAN BE BORN OF WATER AND OF SPIRIT, HE CANNOT EVTER INTO THE KINGDOM GOD.” As we move through the New Testament, I believe we can show where Jesus is referring to the Acts 2:38 plan of salvation here. Regardless, we see that we must be born again to enter the kingdom of God. We also see two elements or areas that we must be born again in. WATER AND SPIRIT. Jesus further states that those who are not born again of the WATER AND THE SPIRIT CANNOT ENTER THE KINGDOM. Tough words from our Master so we need to get it right. Is baptism necessary for salvation? JESUS SAID in Mark 16:16 “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” Did you catch that. He clearly said “he that believeth AND IS BAPTIZED SHALL BE SAVED.” Hard to get around this when the Lord Himself is talking to us.  Romans 6:1 “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? (2) God forbid.  How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?”  Look at this verse... Romans 6:3 “Know ye not, that SO MANY OF US AS WERE BAPTIZED INTO JESUS CHRIST WERE BAPTIZED INTO HIS DEATH.” Sounds like a requirement to me. Let’s look further... Romans 6:4 “Therefore WE ARE BURIED WITH HIM BY BAPTISM INTO DEATH: “that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” (If we are buried with him by baptism into death how are we going to make it in without doing this?)  Romans 6:5 “For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: (6) Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.” What happens if a person is not planted in the likeness of the Lords death?  Is this necessary?  I believe so.  I believe the Bible is clear that we have to die to sin (repent), be buried in the likeness of His death (baptism), and be raised up to walk in a newness of life (Spirit baptism) in order to be born again.  Here is another verse to look at... Galatians 3:26 “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.  Gal 3:27 FOR AS MANY OF YOU AS HAVE BEEN BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST HAVE PUT ON CHRIST.”  What could possibly be more clear?  Let’s look at a final set of verses on this.... 1 Peter 3:20 “Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, EIGHT SOULS WERE SAVED BY WATER.” 1 Peter 3:21 “THE LIKE FIGURE WHEREUNTO EVEN BAPTISM DOTH ALSO NOW SAVE US, (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: (22) Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.” Many teach that baptism is a good thing but not necessary or essential. I don’t agree. They most often cite the thief on the cross that the Lord declared would be in paradise that day. They point out that he did not get baptized. While this is true they fail to understand that the thief on the cross lived and died under the law and was not in the New Testament Church nor was he required to obey the New Testament plan of salvation. The church had not yet been born at that time so the thief did not have to be born again at all. From these Scriptures I was and am forced to conclude that if I am to stay true to the teachings of the Bible, I feel I must teach that baptism is absolutely necessary and essential for New Testament salvation.


     Now, let’s look and see if there is any certain way we are supposed to be baptized and if it matters. Mark 16:15 “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.  (16) He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” Note: those that don’t believe don’t get baptized.)    (17) “And these signs shall follow them that believe; IN MY NAME shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; (18) They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”  If true believers do all these things in Jesus name wouldn’t only make sense that we would get baptized in the same name?  Also, notice the signs Jesus said would follow those that believe and ask yourself if many of the groups and denominations you know of or came out of meet the qualifications of a true believer according to Jesus Christ?  Luke 21:17 “And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake.”  It makes sense to me that His church should be baptized in the name the world hates. It’s an honor to be baptized IN HIS NAME and to suffer reproach for it.  He died for us.  Notice these verses.... Luke 24:45 “Then OPENED THEIR UNDERSTANDING, THAT THEY MIGHT UNDERSTAND THE SCRIPTURES, (46) And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:” Please notice what Jesus said they were to preach and how). Luke 24:47 “And that REPENTANCE AND REMISSION OF SINS SHOULD BE PREACHED IN HIS NAME AMONG ALL NATIONS BEGINNING AT JERUSALEM.”  Repentance and REMISSION OF SINS (not many have ever even heard the word remission in their churches in their whole life).  So Jesus says the true disciples will teach something few teach on today and they will teach that it comes THROUGH HIS NAME and this TRUTH WOULD FIRST BE TAUGHT BEGINNING AT JERUSALEM. THIS WAS FULFILLED IN ACTS chapter two on the day of Pentecost.  Luke 24:48 “And ye are witnesses of these things.  Luke 24:49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.”  So, they were told that Jesus would send the promise of the Father upon them but they were to TARRY OR WAIT in Jerusalem UNTIL THEY WAS ENDUED WITH POWER FROM ON HIGH.  This is what many groups are missing out on today.  By this time, you probably have already come to the conclusion that many people and many whole groups of people who claim to be Christians are nowhere near what Jesus and the Bible describes as real, true Christians. This is both sad and shocking but we can be thankful that the Lord in His love and mercy is bringing us out and is revealing to us the real Truth. We can only hope and pray that through Him using each of us, other good people that are still bound in the darkness of self-righteousness will also see the true light and come out.  John 20:30 “And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: (31) But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and THAT BELIEVING YE MIGHT HAVE LIFE THROUGH HIS NAME.” Did you see that? We believe and we have life THROUGH HIS NAME. The message of salvation through HIS NAME was to first be preached in Jerusalem. THIS WAS FULFILLED IN ACTS TWO. We will read that in a minute.  First, I want to address the issue of who was to preach the first message in the New Testament Church when it was born.

Jesus asked His disciples who He was. Peter responded that HE WAS THE CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD.  Here was Jesus response.  Matthew 16:17 “And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. (18) And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (19) And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”  Please notice that Jesus said His church would be built on the TRUTH OF WHO HE WAS and that PETER WOULD HAVE THE KEYS TO THE KINGDOM.  KEYS ARE WHAT IT TAKES TO UNLOCK DOORS.  In this instance it is referring to the keys to heavens doors.  Notice on another time what the Lord told Peter.... Luke 22:31 “And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: (32) But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.” Notice what the Lord said.... “WHEN THOU ART CONVERTED, STRENGTHEN THY BRETHREN.  The Bible makes it clear that Peter was the man to reveal God’s plan of salvation. This is even more confirmation of this Truth.  Let me remind you here that many will be lost because they did not love the Truth or have a deep love of Truth.  God warns us in 2 Thessalonians 2:10 “And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; BECAUSE they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. (11) And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: (12) That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”  It’s a sad fact that many groups that claim to be Christians are still in darkness and they love their own manmade traditions more than they love the Truth in God’s Word.  He warned us that MANY WOULD COME IN HIS NAME.  Matthew 24:4 “And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. (5) For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.”  Let’s go to Acts chapter Two and see what really happened.  Acts 2:1 “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. (2) And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. (3) And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.  (4) And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”  The 120 disciples consisting of both men and women received the Holy Ghost out of Heaven.  Everybody in town heard them and knew something had happened BECAUSE THEY HEARD THEM SPEAKING IN TONGUES AND MAGNIFYING GOD.  The devout Jews did not understand.  Some mocked, thinking they was drunk.  The apostle Peter explained to them that they had just witnessed the fulfillment of the prophecy in Joel.   Joel 2:27 “And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed. The Lord Will Pour Out His Spirit (28) And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: (29) And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.”   Peter began to preach to the crowd of devout Jews that had gathered for the Feast of Pentecost.   It is very important but I will have to skip over some of it for time sake.  We will pick up on the conclusion of his message and see what He says.   Acts 2:36 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. (37) Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? (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.  (39) For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.   (40) And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.  (41) Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.”   There are some very important and ESSENTIAL Bible Truths revealed in his message.  Let’s go over them.  PETER declares that God hath made that same JESUS BOTH LORD AND CHRIST.  Jesus is the Lord God in the Old Testament and He also is the Christ of the New Testament.   He uses the word assuredly meaning we can rest assured on this truth.  Jesus is both Lord and Christ, one and the same.  When they heard that Jesus was both Lord and Christ and they knew it was the Jews that had Jesus their messiah killed they were pricked or convicted in their heart.  They ask the question to the apostles WHAT SHALL WE DO.  This is the question people need to be asking today.  Many go all through the Bible picking out a verse here and one there to come up with their plan of salvation but this has been preserved for over two thousand years right in the Bible so we can see a group of people that actually asked the Lord’s apostles how to be saved and we have recorded their clear answer.   It is up to us to accept it as the Truth or to reject it and stay in darkness.   It’s the Acts 2:38 Bible plan of salvation.   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.”  I will only briefly go over it because it is a much discussed verse.  Peter told them to REPENT. That means to believe, confess and turn from their sins. He told them to BE BAPTIZED IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST.  It was so important that he said “EVERYONE OF YOU.”  He told them they were to get baptized in the name of Jesus Christ FOR THE REMISSION OF THEIR SINS. REMISSION IS ANOTHER WORD MEANING FORGIVENESS.   He then said they would receive the gift of the Holy Ghost because the Father had promised this born again experience to all the Lord called.  He encouraged those there that day just like I am encouraging you today to flee from this untoward generation. That is a generation that is going opposite of God just like the one we live in today. He testified to them saying “SAVE YOURSELVES FROM THIS UNTOWARD GENERATION.” How do we save ourselves? It’s simple. We save ourselves by obeying the plan of salvation that He just preached and we read recorded in the Bible.  That is how we save ourselves. It is just a simple today as it was then when we rightly divide the Word of God. Those that gladly received his word which was the Acts 2:38 plan of salvation message got BAPTIZED IN THE NAME OF JESUS.  Those that rejected his message went on lost and lived their life in darkness until they died.  We all are in the same place they was in. We all are in the valley of decision.  We must choose life through and in His name or simply choose to reject it.  The choice is ours but we all will be judged for our choices on judgement day.  Did others in the book of Acts get baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of their sins? A careful study of the Scriptures reveal that they all did. Acts 4:11 “This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. (12) Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” 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.” Notice what Phillip preached. Yes, he also preached the NAME OF JESUS CHRIST so can anybody reasonably doubt how he baptized these new believers? No, they got baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of their sins. WHAT ABOUT THE GENTILES?  Yes, they too got baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of their sins.  Acts 10:42 “And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead. (43) To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins. The Holy Spirit Falls on the Gentiles (44) While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.  (45) And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.  (46)  For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, (47) Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?  (48)  And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.”  Please notice that they all knew that they had received the Holy Ghost BECAUSE THEY HEARD THEM SPEAK WITH TONGUES. PLEASE also notice that the Apostle Peter COMMANDED THE NEW GENTILE BELIEVERS TO BE BAPTIZED IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST.  BAPTISM IN JESUS NAME IS A NEW TESTAMENT COMMANDMENT.

      It might do us all well to stop and ask ourselves if we have received the Holy Ghost out of heaven and spoke in tongues like the Bible said the early church experienced.  We also need to notice in the next chapters when he is telling folks what happened that the apostle Peter said these new Gentile converts received the Holy Ghost just like they did in Jerusalem. This same essential experience is available to sincere believers today.  We also need to NOTICE for sure that the apostle Peter commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord.  Have you obeyed this New Testament command?  The early Christians hazarded their lives for the name of Jesus.  Ask yourself why anybody would not want to be baptized in the name of Jesus or perhaps a better question would be “what is wrong with people who claim to be a Christian but refuse to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ?” Acts 15:26 “Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Acts 19:1 “And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, (2) He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.  (3) And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism.  (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. (5) When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.”  Here they found some disciples of John the Baptist.  Notice what happened to them and what they did.  Yes, that is right. They got baptized in the name of Jesus Christ and also received the Holy Ghost.  The apostle Paul shared his testimony of how the Lord got a hold of him and brought him out of religious darkness.  Notice what he said happened to him.  The man of God came to him and said.... Acts 22:16 “And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.”  Even the apostle Paul was baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.  He too, washed away his sins in the name of the Lord.  I know you are probably thinking that I missed a very important verse that refers to baptism.  I didn’t miss or overlook it.  I saved it to the last because it would not be a fair article if I did not cover both sides.  A careful study into the Scriptures reveal that the common interpretation of this verse is in serious error.  The verse is not in error but the modern-day interpretation is in error.  When we rightly divide the Word of God, it fits together and there are no contradictions.  When there is a contradiction then we have a wrong interpretation somewhere. Matthew 28:19 is the verse we are referring to. 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: (20) Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”  We clearly see the same great commission that some of the other gospels record with one major difference.  The Lord Jesus told His disciples to go into all the world and teach all nations.   He said for them to baptize the new converts in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.   He told them to teach the people to observe all the things He had commanded them.  If you just rush through this verse it might be easy to think that there is a difference between what the Lord said here and what Peter said on the day of Pentecost.  Some preachers that are in error and darkness will say things like “Peter made a mistake.”  Friends, Peter did not make a mistake. The Roman Catholic Church Intentionally made the mistake to spread their favorite doctrine and her daughters have followed her in darkness and error ever since. Many sincere people today just accept the RCC invented interruption because it’s all they know or have ever heard. We must all remember that we are commanded to study to shew ourselves approved unto God and when we realize that we have followed someone’s error we have to be willing to change our ways and forsake the error. If you will please notice in verse nineteen it says to be baptized in the NAME. Please notice that the word name is SINGULAR MEANING ONE.  Had the Lord meant for us to baptize folks in all three He would have used the plural word NAMES.  When you realize this the light begins to come on.  All through the Bible it is confirmed that JESUS IS THE NAME. Stop and think about it, friend.   Father is NOT A NAME.   SON IS NOT A NAME. HOLY GHOST IS NOT A NAME.  NO, THESE ARE TITLES describing who He was and is but they are not His name.

     I was baptized using these titles as well.  Later on, the Lord helped me to see that I had a NO NAME BAPTISM and I could not have possibly fulfilled the command of Matthew 28:19 because we did not use any name in my baptism at all.  Many of you dear friends are in the same place I was and you too will have some serious choices to make.

     I want to personally invite you to abandon your manmade traditions and go with the Truth that God has showed you today.   The Holy Ghost is for believers today and Jesus Name baptism is a New Testament Commandment that anti- Christ have cleverly found a way to deceive most people.  The Bible says you shall know the Truth and the Truth shall make you free.  True freedom through the name of Jesus Christ awaits you today.

     We have covered Acts 4:12 already but I Recommend that you read it again. It’s a powerful warning and message that makes an eternal difference.  One last thought and Scripture I feel we should cover.  It is ... Eph 3:15 “Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,” I just took a little of it out and you can take time to look it up but please notice that it too is declaring that there is just one name that the whole family in heaven and earth is named. Friend, that is the NAME OF JESUS CHRIST.






Written and distributed by Dale Collins, a modern day servant of Jesus Christ serving as bishop at Mount Zion Deeper Life Fellowship In Conway Arkansas in the USA.

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