Why do you baptize into “Yahshua’s” name? The Bible teaches that baptism is into “Yahweh’s Name.” Acts 2:38 refers to the authority of the name. Also, “we cannot dismiss Mat. 28:19, which are THE INSTRUCTIONS of Yahshua. We are NOT to be baptized “into” Yahshua’s name. We are His brothers and sisters. Yahweh is our Father, we take the Father’s name, the “family” name, not the brother’s name. Christian’s baptize into the Name of Jesus. We CANNOT and must not follow their way. We must follow the instructions of Yahshua!!
We understand that the word “name” can also refer to authority. And when it comes to baptism into Yahshua’s Name, we certainly believe that it also includes His authority. However, this concept does not supersede or replace His actual name. The scriptural evidence is clear, they were not only baptized into Yahshua’s authority, but also His Name.
The main issue with baptism into “Yahweh’s Name” is that nowhere in Scripture is this formula used, including in Matthew 28:19. This passage mentions the name of the “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.” Besides this formula not being used by the apostles, as we note in the Restoration Study Bible, it may have been added by the early church: “This Trinitarian formula is highly suspect. According to the Jerusalem Bible, ‘It may be that this formula “Father…Son…Holy Spirit,”’ so far as the fullness of its expression is concerned, is a reflection of the liturgical usage established later in the primitive community. It will be remembered that Acts speaks of baptizing ‘in the name of [Yahshua] only.’ Equally important is Eusebius’ omission of this phrase: ‘The facts are, in summary, that Eusebius quotes Matthew 28:19, 21 times, either omitting everything between “nations” and “teaching,” or in the form “make disciples of all nations in my name,” the latter form being the more frequent’ (Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics). All immersions in the NT were done into the single Name of Yahshua (Acts 2:38; 8:16; 10:48; 19:5; 22:16).”
It’s also important to remember that baptism is symbolic of Yahshua’s death. Paul in Romans 6:3 states, “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Yahshua Messiah were baptized into his death?” This only makes sense if we are baptized into Yahshua’s Name. Where would be the connection with Yahshua’s death at baptism, if baptism was into “Yahweh’s Name”?
There is one other reason why the Bible supports baptism into “Yahshua’s Name.” In Acts 4:12 Peter states, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” The context of the previous 11 verses is clearly speaking about Yahshua the Messiah and not Yahweh the Father.
Based on the totality of biblical evidence, we maintain that baptism is in the name of Yahshua the Messiah. And as we pointed out, this is more than His authority. For these reasons, for those baptized into a different name or formula, we encourage that they consider re-baptism into the singular name of Yahshua the Messiah, as we see in Acts 19:1-6.
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