In whose name should we be baptized? Should we baptize people in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit? Or should we baptize people simply in the name of Jesus?
Why do different passages of the Bible say different things? In Matthew 28:19 Jesus instructs the apostles to baptize disciples “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” However, in Acts 2:38, Peter says to “be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ.” To what should we ascribe these differences?
Furthermore, what does it mean to be baptized “in” or “into” someone’s name? What is the significance of God’s name and what does God’s name have to do with our baptism? Is this about a baptism formula when administering baptism? Does it really matter what we say when we baptize someone?
Finally, how does this discussion relate to Colossians 3:17, in which Paul says to, “do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus”? Does this mean we should speak the name of Jesus every time we do anything?
Wes and Travis discuss all of this and more. Special thanks to Mark, who submitted this question for discussion. We hope you find this Bible study encouraging.