In Isaiah 9:6 it speaks of the prophecy of Jesus, and of His names. If you notice, Jesus is called, “The mighty God” and “The everlasting Father!” This confirms that God is Jesus and Jesus is God, one and the same.
However, there are many who struggle with what NAME to use or say when baptizing?
In Matthew 28:19 we see that Jesus tells the apostles to “baptise them in the NAME of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” There are many that believe that when baptizing, this is the way that it should be said and done, because this is the way Jesus said it. However, when you see the examples in Acts, you will see that the apostles use the NAME Jesus, Jesus Christ, the Lord, and the Lord Jesus. Apparently the apostles knew exactly what NAME to use and what Jesus meant! I’ve heard some preachers say that they baptise in the NAME of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, because Jesus said it that way. They also say that the apostles use different names, thus their reason also for saying it the way Jesus said. However, if we see it that way, then wouldn’t the apostles be sinning and be guilty of disobedience, and flat out rebelling against what Jesus said to do? Wouldn’t they be accountable for not saying it the way Jesus said? But I believe the apostles knew exactly what Jesus was saying and what Jesus meant by saying, (In the NAME of), therefore the apostles were baptizing people in the NAME of Jesus, because they knew the NAME. Otherwise, Jesus would of simply said, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the Father, in the Son, and in the Holy Ghost?” There would be no reason to insert the word, ‘NAME’, if a certain NAME was not to be used. But we know the NAME because of Isaiah 9:6 we know that Jesus is God and is the Father!
Exodus 20:3 says: “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.” So we know that there is only one God and not two or three. There is no trinity of God since trinity implies three separate persons. We know that God is One and is three in One. God is the Father, God is the Son, and God is the Holy Spirit, which means that God is Jesus and Jesus is God since Jesus is all three as well.
In John 14:26 we see that the Father will send the Holy Ghost in the name of Jesus. So we know that the Holy Spirits NAME is Jesus, and the Holy Spirit is Jesus. Therefore, when you baptise, you baptise in the “name of Jesus.”
Exodus 20:5 says: “Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, …” So, knowing this, there is no way that God and Jesus are two different Gods? They are simply one in the same, God manifested in flesh. God would not create another God for us to worship besides Himself, this would contradict His own Commandment. God is invisible and a consuming fire, so the only way man could see God would be in the flesh as Man. As Jesus!
1Timothy 3:16 says: “…God was manifest in the flesh, …”
Therefore, when Jesus is telling His apostles to baptise in the NAME of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, we know that the NAME is Jesus!
There are many verses that corroborate that God and Jesus are One. Check out the “One God” page for confirmation. I have included all the verses that I could find to help show that the NAME is indeed Jesus and that Jesus is the NAME above all names. Check out the verses below .
Exodus 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Exodus 20:5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Matthew 21:9 And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.
Matthew 23:39 For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Matthew 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:
Matthew 28:20 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.
Mark 11:9 And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord:
Luke 13:35 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
Luke 19:38 Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.
John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
John 12:13 Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.
Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptised 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 3:6 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 4:18 And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.
Acts 5:40 And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.
Acts 8:16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptised in the name of the Lord Jesus.)
Acts 9:27 But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus.
Acts 9:29 And he spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed against the Grecians: but they went about to slay him.
Acts 10:48 And he commanded them to be baptised in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.
Acts 16:18 And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.
Acts 19:5 When they heard this, they were baptised in the name of the Lord Jesus.
1Corinthians 5:4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,
1Corinthians 6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Philippians 2:9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
Colossians 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
2Thessalonians 3:6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.
James 5:10 Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.
James 5:14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:
John 14:13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
John 14:14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
John 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
John 16:23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.
John 16:26 At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you:
Acts 3:16 And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.
Acts 4:7 And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what power, or by what name, have ye done this?
Acts 4:10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.
Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Acts 4:17 But that it spread no further among the people, let us straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name.
Acts 10:43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.
Romans 9:17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.
1Corinthians 1:2 Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:
1Corinthians 1:10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
Philippians 2:9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
Philippians 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
Philippians 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
2Thessalonians 1:12 That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 2:12 Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.
Revelation 19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
1Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.