“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 28:19.

To go further on the subject of what baptism in a person’s name means as Adam Clark would say;

“To be baptized in, or into the name of one, implied that the baptized was to be the disciple of him into whose name, religion, etc., he was baptized.”

So more or less, Paul’s argument here is, “did I ever attempt to set up a new religion, or founded one to which people must be directed or obligated to? Instead I have preached Christ crucified and resurrected and I have had all mankind directed to Him for faith and not me.” Evidently, therefore, we found that to be baptized unto anyone is to publicly receive and adopt him as a religious teacher or lawgiver; and to abide by his system of religion. Hence we read that the Jews were baptized “unto Moses” in 1 Corinthians 10:2.

So now it is easy for us to understand what Matthew 28:19-20 is really talking about.


“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. 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”

To be baptized in the name of the Father, would simply mean to acknowledge the Father publicly, by a supposed rite in order to receive the system of religion in this sense; to have one’s soul bonded to his laws; to be completely devoted and to receive Him both for guidance and the comfort of life; and to completely trust Him for His promises and provisions. This is where our true faith lies, having God as our Father and trusting Him for His daily provisions and promises as sons even as Jesus would teach us to pray ‘Our Father which art in Heaven” telling us now that truly we do have a Father whose dwelling is in heaven from where we in faith could draw our supplies.

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek is him.” Hebrews 11:6

This is what we are told to let the Nations know by way of their baptism – sprinkling.

And to be baptized unto the Son, in the same way means to receive and acknowledge Him as the Messiah–our Prophet, Priest, and King. Here also we have to submit to His laws, receive Him as the only Saviour of our soul. By implication to be baptized into the son is to acknowledge the role of the son in the work of Redemption and to abide by His terms of Redemption in bringing back to the Father.

“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit.” 1 Peter 3:18

Basically then, we must see beyond the issue of water in this matter as you can see for yourself, for no religious ritual can of a truth bring you to this realization except by the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit and as the Father reveals Himself to you through the Son.

“All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.” Matthew 11:27

And finally, to be baptized unto the Holy Ghost equally means to receive and acknowledge the Holy Spirit publicly as one’s Sanctifier, Comforter, and Guide of the soul.

“Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.” John 16:7

“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you… These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with.”

So friends this is what Jesus commanded us to fulfill in Baptising the Nations by teaching the Nations and bringing them into full obedience and submission to the fullness of the Deity the Godhead (Father, Son and Holy Ghost).

The End