Did the Disciples Misunderstand Matthew 28:19?
    by Brother L. Harrell

    "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

The apostle Paul was not present when Matthew 28:19 was spoken. Jesus Himself spoke to Paul from heaven and instructed him to go to Damascus where he would be told all things appointed for him to do (See Acts 22:10 below).
    "And I said, What shall I do, LORD? And the Lord said unto me, Arise, and go into Damascus; and there it shall be told thee of all things which are appointed for thee to do." Acts 22:10
Concerning Paul's baptism, he was told to call on the name of the Lord (See Acts 22:16 below): 
    "And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord." Acts 22:16
Paul was not commanded to call on the names of the Lords. There is only one Lord, and only one name given which we must be saved. (See Mark 12:29 & Acts 4:12) Paul called on the name of the Lord, Jesus.  Remember that Jesus sent Paul here for these instructions.
    "And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved." Acts 2:21
Paul is recorded following the same plan outlined by Peter in Acts 2:38 and by Jesus in John 3:5 & Luke 24:47.  When he met some believers (some believers who have repented), he baptized them in Jesus' name, as commanded in Matthew 28:19, and laid hands, praying for the gift of the Holy Ghost, which is evidenced by speaking in tongues as the Spirit gave utterance.  Apostle Paul understood the instructions of Matthew 28:19, as did the other Apostles that were present when it was spoken.
    "When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.  And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied."  Acts 19:5-6
As the other apostles, Paul baptized believers in the name of the Lord Jesus.  See Acts 2:38, Acts 8:16 & Acts 10:48 to see how the other Apostles baptized believers.

When commanded in Matthew 28:19 (Listed above), the Apostles knew the "name" of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. His name is Jesus. (See Matthew 1:21, John 5:43, John 14:9, John 14:17, John 14:26, John 17:11 & John 10:30)

    "Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, and said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem." Luke 24:45-47

Matthew 28:19 says:

    "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:" 
Is Jesus the Father, Son & Holy Ghost? 

Deuteronomy 6:4 says:

"Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:"
If Jesus is Lord, and the Father is Lord, then Jesus is the Father (there is one Lord).

Romans 8:9-10 says: 

"But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.  And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness."
If the Spirit of God / Spirit of Christ is the Holy Ghost, then Jesus is the Holy Ghost (there is one Spirit).

It is evident that Jesus is the Father, Son & Holy Ghost.  Therefore, the name of the Father, Son & Holy Ghost is Jesus.  This is confirmed in Colossians 2:9:

"For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily."  Colossians 2:9

The  multitude asked what shall we do?

"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)
This is what you must do.

Revised:  01/11/04