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Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:” ~ Matthew 1:18

Baptism: Father, Son, Holy Spirit?

Author: Kenneth Long

Posted: Sunday, July 23, 2023

The God of the bible, the only God there is, has many names; each reflecting some characteristic of his state of being or his nature. Some of those names expose the innate properties of God that solely reflect his being apart from any of his creations. For instance, the personal name of God "YHWH", usually translated "I am" or "He is", although a precise interpretation of the name varies, but it expresses the aseity of God; his sovereign state of existence as originator. Some of the names of God reflect his characteristics "relative" to his creation; for example, "Jehovah-Mekoddishkem", which is interpreted; "the LORD who sanctifies you" or Jehovah Rapha, interpreted as "The God who heals."

We know from these names that it is only God who can sanctify anyone or anything and it is only the lord who can heal. The titles of God also describe his characteristics, relative to his creations; for example, "King of Kings", "LORD of Lords", "Alpha and Omega", and "Ancient of Days" all describe God relative to his creations both chronologically and in the hierarchy of creation. Despite the many names and titles of God, it is hard to miss the irony in how water baptism is administered in much of Christianity. Many sincere people seeking forgiveness of sins through repentance and water baptism (Acts 2:38) find themselves submitting to water baptism with the titles; "Father", "Son", and "Holy Spirit".

This way of administering baptism can scarcely be considered "biblical" seeing that not a single baptism in the bible was carried out this way. So why is this done? This method of baptism is a derivative of another concept not found in the bible; and that is the trinity. Much to the chagrin of revisionist clergy; as it pertains to the names of God, the bible has never proclaimed any of them to be Father, Son or Holy Spirit. Baptism, post resurrection has always been executed using the name "Jesus". Even move important is that we know that salvation itself is directly linked to water baptism (and of course repentance), "through" the " name" " Jesus" , for a few reasons:

  1. The bible states in:
    Acts 8:14-16

    Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the "Holy Ghost:" (For as yet he was fallen upon "none" of them: "only" "they were baptized in the "name" of the Lord Jesus.")

    King James Version

    This verse ALONE should compel those that baptize using the titles father, son and holy spirit to "reconsider" their doctrine, as clearly, scripture states baptism was administered using the name Jesus as was commanded Mattew 28:19-20

  2. In the bible states in:
    Acts 19:1-6 states

    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, 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. And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized?

    And they said, Unto John's baptism. 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. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the "Lord Jesus." And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they "spake with tongues", and prophesied.

    King James Version

    When Paul asked the believers at Ephesus if they had received the Holy Spirit (the new birth) they replied they did not know if there was such a thing, having said that, the first thing Paul did was questioned their baptism as they had "NOT" received the infilling of the Holy Spirit. When the believers at Ephesus were "re-baptized" in the name Jesus and Paul laid hands on them; they "then" received the Spirit of God, for the scriptures said they heard them speak in tongues as the spirit gave utterance; which is the evidence of the new birth.

    Until that point, the spirit of God had not fallen on the believers at Ephesus, because they were NOT baptized in the name of Jesus and had not received the new birth, as such they had not come into salvation, UNTIL they were baptized in the name of Jesus Christ and received the Holy Spirit evidenced by the speaking in tongues as the spirit of God gave the utterance. There is no reason to assume once can be born again, without going down in water in the name of Jesus(Acts 5:32). Some might argue that Cornelius is an example of someone who was filled with the spirit of God "without" being baptized in Jesus name. However, The bible states in

    Acts 5:32

    And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God "hath GIVEN to" "them that obey him."

    King James Version

    That fact that Cornelius was filled "before" simply illustrates God's omniscients as he KNEW cornelius would submit to baptism in Jesus name.

  3. Finally, we read in Romans:
    Romans 6:3-4
    Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into "Jesus Christ" were baptized into his"[singular] death? Therefore "we are buried with him[singular] 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.

    King James Version

    The bible makes clear that we are baptized into the death of Jesus Christ through emersion in water using the name Jesus. One cannot be baptized in the name of "Zeus" and expect Jesus to acknowledged our burial in him; why? "Zeus" is not the name of God. An individual cannot be baptized in the name "Yahweh" or "Jehovah" and expect the remission of sin (Acts 2:38); for a similar reason. Yes, Yahweh is the vocalized name of God, yet that name would have no spiritual implications in terms of remission of sin; none. This we can confidently say because "the bible" says, in

    Acts 4:12

    Neither is there salvation in any other: "for there is "none" other name "under heaven" "given among men", "whereby we must be saved"

    King James Version

    That name is "Jesus"

Deviating from the specified protocol for baptism given to the apostles by Jesus (Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 2:38) nullifies the power of baptism; that includes baptism using any name OTHER than the name Jesus (Acts 8:14-16, Acts 19:1-6). A candidate for baptism cannot be sprayed with a garden hose "in the name Jesus" and expect remission of sin any more than you can immerse someone in water stating "I baptize you in the name of the Most High God" and expect the remission of sin, or the infilling of the Holy Spirit. Baptizing using the titles Father, Son, and Holy spirit was not something that Jesus commanded, nor was it taught or practiced by the apostles. Even more interesting; why baptism in only three titles; why not four of five or every title of God.

There is no reason to apply "special status " to the titles "Father", "Son ", and "Holy Spirit " these are all descriptions of God’s traits that all titles of God detail.Does the title "King of kings" in some way mitigate the title "The Most High God". Do the titles of God fall into a hierarchy whereby one title is higher than another; how is that possible; and if one were to ask "what is the name of the King of Kings, or what is the "name" of the "Prince of Peace " what name would be given? Another point to consider is if one is to "personify " the titles that apply to God, as the trinity doctrine does, why wouldn’t the title "Ancient of Days" translate to a fourth person or "Light of the World:" to a fifth person or "personality ".

Now trinitarians might argue theese titles are divided among the "three" persons in the Godhead. However, the question would then be, "which of these titles apply soley to the "the single" God that("allegedly") manifests himself in three persons?" Naturally, if the "Father" is God, then there are only two manifestations of God; the Son and the Holy Spirit. If the Father is a manifestation of God, then there is a fourth, unknown entity, "manifesting" the three.

The Three Titles

The Same God All The Time


Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines Manifest as: (adjective) readily perceived by the senses and especially by the sense of sight. 2. (adjective) easily understood or recognized by the mind: "OBVIOUS" 3. (verb) to make evident or certain by showing or displaying

Clearly the manifestation of something is merely the evidentiary characteristics of the entity and not the object itself. For example, a runny nose, a fever, and chest congestion are all symptoms of the flu virus (or some other respiratory virus), the symptoms are "not" the virus itself, but are the effects of the virus on the body. By the above definitions, everything created by God is a "manifestation" of God: plants, animals, humans, angels, planets on and on; they are "evidence" of a creator, "evidence" of his intelligence, "evidence" of his nature (Romans 1:19-20). So, if these created things are "manifestations" of God,through their existence and their characteristics, how could the "Father" be a "manifestation"; a manifestation of what? What is the father a manifestation of; who is manifesting the father? Likewise the bible says that God is a spirit and God is holy; so what distinctions can be made between God - the spirit that is holy and the "Holy Spirit" , the alleged third person in the holy trio; and who or what would the Holy Spirit be a manifestation "of", another "holy" spirit?

The bible illustrates that as it applies to the redemption of man, the only basis for a son [add link to unity of God doc], there is only a single manifestation of God, and that manifestation is "God in flesh." That male child born of Mary evinced "all" the power of God because God was "in" that flesh; the bible tells us that: The bible states in:

1 Timothy 3:16:

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

King James Version

The second form of "God in flesh" manifests in the infilling of the Holy Spirit. The bible says in:

1 Corinthians 3:16

Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

King James Version

(also see 2 Corinthians 6:16, 1 Corinthians 6:19) We know that the infilling of God's spirit is "literal" because not everyone has it;and no one was born with it; the lone eception being John the baptist; we read in Romans 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

Finally, we stated, the bible demonstrates that there is no distinction between the "Father" and the "Holy Spirit" (Luke 1:35); We also read in:

Romans 8:11

But if the Spirit "of" him that raised up Jesus from the dead "dwells in you", "he" that raised up Christ from the "dead" shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

King James Version

So, which spirit raised the son of God from the dead, and which spirit will raised believers; the Holy Spirit or the Spirit of the Son? To note, the son of God "ceased" to function when the spirit of God stepped out of that body on the cross; the son of God didn't walk, talk, or perform any miracles; as the animating force(God) was gone; the son of God is flesh and blood; and not an eternal son; it was through that body, the son, that God shared the human experience. The bible makes no distinction between the God, God in the Son; and the Holy Spirit; God is still God in spirit or in flesh. Baptism should only be performed in the "Name" of all three; that name is Jesus.