Please patiently study this baptism assignment in Matt 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 questions is, why did Jesus use “NAME” instead of ‘NAMES’ to qualify the three (Father, Son and Holy Ghost)? Could it be that Jesus cares less about the difference between plural and singular? Of course that is not true. For instance, hear Him speaking to His disciples in Lk 10:20. He said “Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your NAMES are written in heaven”. This makes it clear that Jesus was pretty much aware of what He was saying when He used “Name” to qualify “Father, Son and Holy Ghost”. He knew He was not speaking about three different persons but one person who operates in those three capacities. (Father, Son and Holy Ghost are more of divine operations than persons).
Did the disciples understand Him? Of course they did. They simply baptized in the name of one person “JESUS”! Please do search the Scriptures and you will realize that there was nowhere the disciples baptized “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost”. Not even a single place in the Bible. All their baptisms were done in the name of JESUS. Check out these few: (1) “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” – Acts 2:38 . (2) “(For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus)” – Acts 8:16. (3) “When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus” – Acts 19:5. All through the Bible, there was no baptism made “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost” and Jesus never appeared even once to correct them for baptizing in His name or replacing “Father, Son and Holy Ghost” with His name. Rather He joyfully worked along with them by also baptizing the converts with the Holy Ghost. Jesus was glad His disciples discovered that He is the same person who operates as the “Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost”.
Funny enough, in these contemporary times, Christians are having new ideas. The name Jesus is no longer used when baptizing new converts. “Father, Son and Holy Ghost” is rather used simply because that is what Jesus said – kind of saying we know better than the early disciples. Well, it is important we understand that Jesus rejoices when His disciples catch revelations about Him (Matt 16:17). He therefore mentioned “Father, Son and Holy Ghost” because He expected them to catch a revelation about whom those names represent. Prov 25:2 says “It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter”.
The early disciples found the concealed name behind ‘the three’! They gladly baptized in the name of JESUS because they caught the revelation that “Jesus” is God’s hidden name! Hear Jesus praying (as a man) to the Father in Jn 17:5-6. He said “And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. I have manifested thy NAME unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world…” The question is, which name of the “Father” did Jesus manifest to them? Jehovah? Of course not. Jehovah was not once mentioned in the whole New Testament. Besides, “Jesus” is the only name given to Christians for salvation. Jesus obviously is the Father’s manifested name. In the Old Testament which is only a reflection of the New Testament, God used the name “Jehovah” to save (Exo 6:1-3). In the New Testament (the real), the Name “Jesus” was used to save (Matt 1:21). Does this not obviously show what the manifested name is?
See Peter in action with the manifested name: “Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk” – Acts 3:6. Peter in other words said “I have the name of the Father which is manifested to me, and that is what I am about to give you! In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk” (paraphrased). “Jesus” is no doubt the concealed name of our God. “Jehovah” means “The Lord”; “Jesus” means “The Lord saves”. You can call it “The Lord in action”. Little wonder that it is the name “Jesus” which does everything in our time. When we want to give our lives to God the name we use is “Jesus”! When we pray or prophesy, the name we use is “Jesus”! When we cast out demons, the name we use is “Jesus”! “Jehovah” is only good for songs!
The early church did not witness about “Jehovah” but about “Jesus” (Acts 5:42; Acts 8:35; Acts 11:20) The Holy Ghost came to help us witness about “Jesus”! (Act 1:8). This is where the “Jehovah Witnesses” missed it. Father, Son and Holy Ghost is all about Jesus! Jesus means “Jehovah in action”. Hence it is the Word (Jesus) that created all things. “In the beginning was the Word …and the Word was God. …All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life…” – Jn 1:1-4.
Jesus allowed the early disciples to replace “Father, Son and Holy Ghost” with “Jesus” during their baptism assignment so that the disciples who will come after them will understand that “Father, Son, and Holy Ghost” are not NAMES of three united persons as in ‘Trinity’ but the operations of one person JESUS as in 1 Cor 12:6 “And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.” Beloved, being ‘three’ is not God’s composition; being ‘three’ is God’s ability! Replace Trinity with Diversity!