Baptism is an act of obedience to God by a person who believes in the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Many will try to say that baptism is just an outward sign of an inward work. Others will say it’s nice to do, but it has nothing to do with salvation. The Bible is clear that it is essential to your salvation. “The like figure where unto 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:” (1 Peter 3:21 KJV) Jesus also said, “He that believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believes not shall be damned.” (Mark 16:16 KJV) Anyone who is led to believe otherwise should have alarms going off in their mind. These scriptures will not go away and should certainly not be ignored. It would be nice to design our own type of baptism, but God did not leave to man to design. If we believe God, we should also believe what He says. The following will show much evidence (both historically and scripturally), that clearly establishes that there’s only one way to be baptized. “One Lord, one faith, one baptism,” (Ephesians 4:5 KJV).
JOHN CALVIN (Presbyterian)
“The word ‘baptize’ signifies to immerse. It is certain that immersion was the practice of the primitive Church.”
MARTIN LUTHER (Lutheran)
“Baptism is a Greek word, and may be translated ‘immerse.’ I would have those who are to be baptized to be altogether dipped.”
JOHN WESLEY (Methodist)
“The Bible term ‘buried with Him by baptism’ alludes to the ancient manner of baptizing by immersion.”
“Immersion was in all probability the way in which our Blessed Savior, and for certain the way in which all early Christians were baptized.”
“For the first thirteen hundred years baptism was an immersion of the person under water.”
STOUDZA (A Native Greek)
“The verb ‘baptize’ has only one meaning. It signifies to plunge. Baptism and immersion are identical. To say baptism by sprinkling would be to say immersion by sprinkling.”
JEREMIAH (A Greek Patriot)
“The ancient did not sprinkle the candidate, but immersed him.”
“It is certain that the word ‘buried’ in the text Romans 6:4 alludes to the matter of baptizing by immersion.”
Christians today should use the biblical baptismal formula as found in the New Testament. Everyone should be baptized by immersion in the name if the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sins.
11TH edition, Vol 3, Pg 365-366
The baptismal formula was changed from the name of Jesus Christ to the words Father, Son, and Holy Ghost by the Catholic Church in the second century.
Vol 3, Pg 82
Everywhere in the oldest sources it states that baptism took place in the name of Jesus Christ.
CANNEY ENCYCLOPEDIA OF RELIGION
The early church always baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus until development of Trinity doctrine in the 2nd century.
Vol 2, Pg 263
Here the Catholics acknowledged that baptism was changed by the Catholic Church.
Vol 2, Pg 377
Christian baptism was administered using the words “In the name of Jesus”.
Vol 2, Pg 378
The use of a Trinitarian formula of any sort was not suggested in early Church history.
Vol 2, Pg 389
Baptism was always in the name of Lord Jesus until the time of Justin Martyr when Triune formula was used.
Justin Martyr was one of the early Fathers of the Roman Catholic Church.
HASTINGS ENCYCLOPEDIA OF RELIGION
Vol 2, Pg 377 on ACTS 2:38
NAME was an ancient synonym for “person”. Payment was always made in the name of some person referring ownership. Therefore one being baptized in Jesus Name became his personal property. “Ye are Christ’s.”
NEW INTERNATIONAL ENCYCLOPEDIA
Vol 22, Pg 477
The term “Trinity” was originated by Tertullian, a Roman Catholic Church Father.
ENCYCLOPEDIA OF RELIGION AND ETHICS
(1951), II, 384, 389
The formula used was ‘in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ’ or some synonymous phrase; there is no evidence for the use of the trine name… The earliest form, represented in the Acts, was simple immersion….in water, the use of the name of the Lord, and the laying on of hands. To these were addedm at various times and places which cannot be safely identified, (a) the trine name (Justin)….
INTERPRETERS DICTIONARY OF THE BIBLE
(1962) I, 351
The evidence … suggests that baptism in early Christianity was administered, not in the threefold name, but ‘in the name of the Lord Jesus.’
A HISTORY OF CHRISTIAN THOUGHT (Otto Heick)
(1965), I, 53
At first baptism was administered in the name of Jesus, but gradually in the name of the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
HASTINGS DICTIONARY OF THE BIBLE
(1898), I, 241
[One explanation is that] the original form of words was ‘into the name of Jesus Christ’. Baptism into the name of the Trinity was a later development.
A HISTORY OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH
Williston Walker, (1947), Pg 58
The Trinitarian baptismal formula … was displacing the older baptism in the name of Christ.
THE NEW SCHAFF-HERZOG ENCYCLOPEDIA OF RELIGIOUS KNOWLEDGE
(1957), I, 435
The New Testament knows only baptism in the name of Jesus …, which still occurs even in the second and third centuries.
CANNEY’S ENCYCLOPEDIA OF RELIGIONS
(1970), Pg 53
Persons were baptized at first ‘in the name of Jesus Christ’ … or ‘in the name of the Lord Jesus.’… Afterwards, with the development of the doctrine of the Trinity, they were baptized ‘in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.
(1899), I, 473
It is natural to conclude that baptism was administered in the earliest times ‘in the name of Jesus Christ,’ or in that ‘of the Lord Jesus.’ This view is confirmed by the fact that the earliest forms of the baptismal confession appear to have been single – not triple, as was the later creed.
11TH edition, (1910), Vol 2, Pg 365
The Trinitarian formula and trine immersion were not uniformly used from the beginning… Baptism into the name of the Lord was the normal formula of the new Testament. In the 3rd century baptism in the name of Christ was still so wide spread that Pope Stephen, in opposition to Cyprian of Carthage, declared it to be valid.
JESUS TAUGHT “And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” (Luke 24:47 KJV)
PETER OBEYED “…Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins…” (Acts 2:38 KJV)
SAMARITANS “… only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.” (Acts 8:16 KJV)
GENTILES WERE COMMANDED “And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord.” (Acts 10:48 KJV)
PAUL RE-BAPTIZED THE EPHESIANS “When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.” (Acts 19:5 KJV)
NO OTHER NAME FOR SALVATION “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12 KJV)
EVERYTHING DONE IN JESUS NAME “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus…” (Colossians 3:17 KJV)
The above scriptures are not given to refute Matthew 28:19 where Jesus told the Apostles to baptize in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. They merely show how the command was interpreted and obeyed by them. The Apostles knew that most religious leaders of today would fail to recognize first: that Jesus is the family name (Ephesians 3:15). Second: that the fullness of the Godhead (deity of God) dwelleth bodily in Christ (Colossians 2:9).
They knew the name of the Son was Jesus Christ, 1 John 3:23. They knew that the Son came in the Father’s name, John 5:43. They also knew that the Holy Ghost was the spirit of Christ and would come in the name of Jesus Christ, John 14:26.The evidence is overwhelming. This is obviously the way the apostles baptized in the first Church. Don’t you think if you are going to be in Christ’s Church, YOU should be baptized in the NAME of Jesus? “And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endures to the end shall be saved.” (Matthew 10:22 KJV) “Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.” (Matthew 24:9 KJV) “And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” (Mark 13:13 KJV) “And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.” (Luke 21:17 KJV) How many more scriptures will it take to see it?