Matthew 28:19 and Mark 16:15-16 is Jesus’ Great Commission to His disciples. And from the disciples, they were to commission the church as Jesus instructed. Mark emphasizes the words that the person who believes and is baptized will be saved. Matthew emphasized the baptizing of new disciples in the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost. The commission to baptize people in the Name (singular) not Names (plural) was a command from the Lord. The terms Father, Son, and Holy Ghost is not a Name as referred to in Matthew 28:19. For instance, I’m a father but John Matthew is my name. I’m a son but ‘son’ is not my name. In order to obey His command, we need to know the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost to which the Apostle Matthew is referring. As it was understood by Peter and the other men who were present with Jesus at the time He commissioned them, they understood it to be Jesus Christ. The book of Acts is discipleship put into action when they started carrying out Christ’s command of discipleship. They all quoted the Name Jesus Christ over candidates when they were baptized in the New Testament. Colossians 3:17 says, “Everything you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. Let’s consider Matthew 28:19 again. Jesus’ command to make disciples by going, teaching, and baptizing in the “Name” of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost is first fulfilled in Acts 2:38, 41. When the Apostle Peter gave this command, Matthew, John, James and all the other Apostles were present to correct him if he was wrong. But Peter wasn’t wrong; he fully and completely obeyed Jesus’ command. The Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost – referred to in Matthew 28:19 – is Jesus Christ. And all instances of Christian water baptism in the New Testament were all done in the Name of Jesus Christ (see Acts 2:38; 8:16; 10:48; 19:5; 22:16; Rom. 6:3-5; 1 Cor. 1:12-15; Gal. 3:27; ), as fulfillment of Jesus’ command in Matthew 28:19 and Mark 16:15-16, for water baptism. For those who are still not convinced by Scripture itself, you should therefore be aware that the Catholic Church admitted that they changed the baptismal formula from the words, “Jesus Christ” to the words, “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.”1 Prior to the development of the doctrine of the Trinity in the second and third century, the early Church baptized believers in the Name of Jesus Christ. After the doctrine of the Trinity was developed in the second and third century, the baptismal formula was changed from the Name of Jesus Christ and replaced with the Trinitarian formula: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.2
– Blessings to all of you.
1 Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 2, Page 263
2 Canney Encyclopedia of Religion, Page 53
3 Encyclopedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Pages 365-366
All of us have been taught all of our lives that Jesus was a white male. White Europeans, specifically Michael Angelo, and white Americans have not only taught that Jesus was white, but everything that is good, such as God, Angels, and everything in heaven – have all been associated with the white race. The devil and everything evil have been associated with the black race. There have not been quarrels or outcry about the white-Jesus theory from the white community until African Americans questioned the validity of this claim. If we can be honest with ourselves, the philosophy of Jesus being a white male never mattered much to anyone until the validity of the claim has been brought into question. The offense to the challenge to the white-Jesus theory often rises up with the confession, “It doesn’t matter what color Jesus was” which is completely false. The truth is that it does matter to them and to everyone what color Jesus was on earth. The white-Jesus theory has been the status quo in America for centuries. The people manifesting the seeds of offense to those challenging their theory are indeed offended by those who are treading upon a theory they believed all their lives. It matters to them, and it matters to everyone. The reason it matters is that the white-Jesus theory is false. And if we care about the truth we would seek it out, and therefore debunk all false theories that do not line up with the Scriptures. Jesus was not born in Europe or in the United States. The truth about Jesus is that He was a Hebraic-Jew from the land of Israel, whose descendants came out of Egypt in Africa (De. 10:22); and not a white male of European descent. In the Bible, Jacob’s household of seventy-people relocated to Egypt because there was a severe famine in their homeland, and there was food in Egypt. They moved to the section of Egypt called Goshen. And when Moses was eighty, God sent him back into Egypt to lead all the Israelites out; where they eventually settled in what became known as the land of Judea. Jesus was born in Bethlehem and grew up in Nazareth.
– Blessings to all of you.