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:
The apostles never once baptized in the name of the father, son, and holy spirit. So either:
1) The disciples may have been in direct rebellion against Jesus.
2) They may have misunderstood what he said.
3) Matthew 28:19 may be a gloss. Perhaps Jesus never gave this command.
4) The disciples understood the command of Jesus differently than most Trinitarians understand it today.
I personally don’t believe #1 or #2. There is evidence for #3, however the scriptures cannot be broken[John 10:35] and I accept it for what it says, but like the disciples I believe #4 is the explanation here.
Firstly it says “in the name of” which is singular not in the names of which is pluaral. When we do something “in the name of” this can mean in the “authority of”. If you remember in the book of Acts chapter 2 Peter said.
Act 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.
So they were baptized in the name of Jesus. But they recieved the gift of “the holy ghost” and this gift was given from the father. So all 3 are present here.
Act 1:4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.
Act 1:5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
So again above here you see the father gives the promise, the promise is the holy spirit and they are baptized in the name of Jesus. All 3 are there. Hopefully, you are seeing that I understand it differently than the Trinitarian. There is a parralel verse to Matthew 28:19 which documents the same event. It is in Luke 24. This reinforces what I’m saying.
Luk 24:47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his[Jesus] name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
Luk 24:48 And ye are witnesses of these things.
Luk 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[the holy ghost]. [brackets added]
So again we see the power “the Holy Spirit” the father who gives this promise of the holy spirit and they are baptized in the name of Jesus. This is the exact same event as Matt 28:19 worded differently for clarity.
Now, not all 3 are God. Look at this next verse and there is something I want you to notice. All 3 are mentioned, the father, son and holy spirit but only 1 is called “God”. And to most Trinitarians this is the #1 proof text for the Trinity. But notice it teaches there is “One God the father” not “One God the father, son and holy spirit”
2Co 13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.
So in that verse we have “God” “Christ” and the “holy Ghost”. Only one being in that verse is “God” and it’s the father alone.
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