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by: Bishop Samuel Smith

"Just the facts please, nothing but the facts,” is a statement that one makes when he wants to get to the bottom of a matter. Too often we have to sort through much clutter to get to the “plain truth" when the matter comes to Bible salvation, the truth must be our goal, and the facts take authority over tradition and superstition.

The facts confirm that the early Christians understood plainly the doctrine of water baptism relative to the name of "Jesus"! BRITANNICA ENCYCLOPEDIA volume 3, page 82 - “Everywhere in the oldest sources it states that baptism took place in the name of Jesus Christ.”

CANNEY ENCYCLOPEDIA OF RELIGION, page 53 - “The early church always baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus."

HASTINGS ENCYCLOPEDIA OF RELIGION, volume 2, page 377 - “Christian baptism was administered using the words,”In the name of Jesus."

HASTINGS ENCYCLOPEDIA OF RELIGION, volume 2, page 377 on Acts 2:38 — “name was an ancient synonym for ’person.' Payment: was always made in the name of some person referring to ownership. Therefore, one being baptized in Jesus ' name, became his personal property. 'Ye are Christ's.”

SHAFF-HERZOG ENCYCLOPEDIA OF RELIGIOUS KNOWLEDGE, volume. I, page 435 -1966 editions -"The New Testament knows only baptism in the name of Jesus..."

HASTINGS DICTIONARY OF BIBLE, page 88 - "It must be acknowledged that the three fold ‘name’ of Saint Matthew 28:19 does not appear to have been used by the primitive church, but rather in the ‘name’ Jesus, Jesus Christ, or Lord Jesus.”
The early church knew the name of the Son was Jesus. (Matthew 1:21) They knew that the Son came in the Father’s name (John 5:43). They also knew that the Holy Ghost was the Spirit of Christ and would come in Jesus ' name (John 14:26).

FAUSSETS BIBLE ENCYCLOPEDIA, page 359 - The name Jesus. Means” Jehovah Salvation. "
The above references are in agreement with the command Apostle Peter gave on the Day of Pentecost. When asked, "...what shall we do?” Peter replied, “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). Peter continued, "The promise is unto you and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call” (Acts 2:39).

It is apparent by historical facts that people in the early church did obey the command relative to water baptism as Apostle Peter gave it. Furthermore, the authenticity of water baptism today in the name of ”Jesus Christ,” cannot be denied! “Neither is there salvation in any other for there is none other name under heaven, given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

Apostle Paul said, “And whatsoever ye do in word or in deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus...” (Colossians 3:17).
Jesus said, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved...” (Saint Mark 16:16).

The Biblical and- historical facts set forth in this article are worthy of the reader’s prayerful consideration. Regardless of one’s loyalty to tradition, we all stand before God on the solitary merit of our obedience to His Word.

 
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