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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 8 years ago

Jehovah's Witnesses ... When you get Baptised ... is it in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit?

Matthew 28v19

(KJV)

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the

name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

(NIV)

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them

in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

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  • 8 years ago
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    Yes. But most likely not in the sense you are thinking. You need to understand what this verse is talking about and also what it means to be baptized, and also the meaning and role of each of the aforementioned names.

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    Source(s): Me, one of Jehovah's Witnesses
  • 8 years ago

    Matthew 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of people of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all the things I have commanded YOU. And, look! I am with YOU all the days until the conclusion of the system of things.”

    Yes, We are baptized as stated in this scripture.

    Think of it this way, Jews and proselytes they had already accepted Jehovah as their God. And from the Hebrew Scriptures, they knew about the holy spirit, They needed something more. They needed to understand and accept God’s means of salvation Jesus christ. So even Peter highlighted their need for being “baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.” He provided the ransom sacrifice that all mankind needed.

    Still some would not accept Jesus. Back in Jesus day the Jews were God’s chosen people. Today we have to study the Bible to come to know God and his son. Jesus said he would send a helper, which proved to be God's spirit.

    The apostle Paul wrote: “Keep working out your own salvation with fear and trembling.”

    So baptism only begins our relationship with Jehovah God. Matthew 24:13 says : But he that has endured to the end is the one that will be saved.

  • 8 years ago

    Greetings,

    Jehovah's Witnesses do baptize "in the name of the Father, son and holy spirit." Belief in all thee is a requirement for Witnesses and knowledge of what it means to be baptized into the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is something which is demanded of every Witnesses before they are baptized.

    The very questions asked of baptism candidates demonstrate that Witnesses must recognize Jehovah as God, the ransom of Christ and the power of Holy Spirit. This is what it means to be baptized "into the name of" all these.

    This scripture shows that we must recognize the role each plays. If we have an improper view of who the father is, who the Son is and what the HS is then we are not properly baptizing.

    However, the wording of Mt. 28:19 was NEVER meant as some required sacred formula which must be said by rote when Christians are baptized. It did not say: "This is what you must say when baptizing others." In fact, the book of Acts is the actual record of how baptisms were done in the early congregation, but neither it nor any other Biblical account records any of Christ's early followers as using these words.

    The questions we ask of those who get baptized is not a repetition of the scriptures, but they are simply a summation of what ALL the Scriptures teach as requirements for Christians. Since the questions are completely based on the teachings of the Scriptures they are absolutely "scriptural."

    "The first question is: On the basis of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, have you repented of your sins and dedicated yourself to Jehovah to do his will?"

    The second is: Do you understand that your dedication and baptism identify you as one of Jehovah's Witnesses in association with God's spirit-directed organization? Having answered yes to these questions, candidates are in a right heart condition to undergo Christian baptism."

    Basically, the questions point out the need to "repent of your sins," "dedicate yourself to do God's will," and "identify yourself as part of the True Christian congregation"--positively identified as Jehovah's Witnesses. These are all Scriptural requirements: (Ac 2:38; 3:19; Lk 24:47; Ac.17:30; 26:20; 1Pt 4:2; 2Co 5:15; Eph 5:17)

    The last question linking the operation of the Holy Spirit with baptism and the Christian Congregation also finds a parallel in the Bible itself. 1Cor. 12:12-13,27,28 says: "For truly by one spirit we were all baptized into one body,...and we were all made to drink one spirit." The "body" here is the "congregation" (Col.1:18).

    "This baptism of the Holy Spirit is not a work of the Spirit subsequent to the salvation of the believer. Rather it is an act which vitally joins the individual to the body of Christ."--William G. Bellshaw, Dean, The San Francisco Conservative Baptist Theological Seminary.

    Barnes' Notes: "Paul here says, that Spirit had so endowed them as to fit them to constitute one body, or to be united in one, and to perform the various duties which resulted from their union in the same Christian church...by the agency of the Holy Spirit they had all been fitted, each to his appropriate place, to constitute the body of Christ—the church...that by the very profession of religion as made at baptism, by there being but one baptism, they had all professedly become members of one and the same body."

    So the Baptism questions accurately show that being baptized in the "name [authority] of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit" means that you become a member of the Christian congregation.

    Yours,

    BAR-ANERGES

  • 8 years ago

    One the things I appreciate is that we give those who are interested accurate knowledge of the Bible before they decide to dedicate their lives to our Father Jehovah.

    We go through a Bible aid book called "What Does The Bible Really Teach".

    In the chapter "Bible and Your Relationship With God" it says the following:

    However, baptism is not a mere bath. It is a symbol of something very important. Going beneath the water symbolizes that you have died to your former life course. Being raised up out of the water indicates that you are now alive to do the will of God. Remember, too, that you have made a dedication to Jehovah God himself, not to a work, a cause, other humans, or an organization. Your dedication and baptism are the beginning of a very close friendship with God—an intimate relationship with him.—Psalm 25:14.

    What do you think about that?

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  • 8 years ago

    Yes.

    The NAME of the father is Jehovah.

    the NAME of the Son is Jesus and...

    the NAME of the HOLY SPIRIT is..........the holy spirit...

    It is God's POWER. NOT an identity equal to Jehovah.

    And it is NOT...holy ghost...this is a false teaching to imply a personage.

    This is to support the false trinity teaching of three equal personages.

    Source(s): NWT
  • Liz
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    Quote the context ok?

    Matthew 28: 18

    Matthew 28:18-20

    King James Version (KJV)

    18And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

    "ALL POWER HAS BEEN GIVEN ME IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH."

    19Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

    20Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen."

    Who gave him that power. Why did he MENTION that first part? Did the APOSTLES KNOW

    he got his power from HIS GOD AND FATHER JEHOVAH?

    Yes, because that is wht he taught them. So when he said "ALL POWER has been given me"

    They didn't question it.

    This is one of my all time scriptures, Jesus had endured to death and all power in heaven and on Earth had been given him...

    Notice later what Paul said in the letter to the Corinthians..

    1 Corinthians 15:24

    King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)

    Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.For he has put all things under his feet. But when he says all things are put under him, it is clear that he is excepted, who did put all things under him."

    Also,

    Hebrews 2:8 and put everything under his feet." In putting everything under him, God left nothing that is not subject to him. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to him.

    This was prophesied even in Daniel

    All authority was to be handed to Jesus Christ God's son, till all enemies were to be brought to nothing and in the end, Christ will hand it ALL back to Jehovah and this is the way the rule would continue forever. Its' all in there. All in harmony with the rest of the Bible, no mysteries.

    Source(s): Bible, Jehovahs Witness
  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    NOPE they violate this basic rule of baptism

    "The first question is:

    On the basis of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, have you repented of your sins and dedicated yourself to Jehovah to do his will?

    The second is:

    Do you understand that your dedication and baptism identify you as one of Jehovah's Witnesses in association with God's spirit-directed organization? Having answered yes to these questions, candidates are in a right heart condition to undergo Christian baptism."

  • Jase
    Lv 4
    8 years ago

    The proper name for God is YHWH there is NO letter J in the Hebrew or Greek alphabet

    Jesus name in hebrew is Yeshua and in Greek Christ is khristos

    The Name YHWH only appears in the Hebrew text and does not appear in the greek text

    I have been looking at the Greek interlinear and Lord in Greek is Kyploc the Watchtower NWT has translated Kyploc for Jehovah when Kyploc is also used for Jesus is Lord. A good example of this is Mark 12:29 and Philippians 2:11 they both use the greek word Kyploc for Lord. God goes by titles and Jesus uses the same titles. If you have access to the greek interlinear check it out for yourself.

    John 1:3 KJV Jesus Created Everything

    All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made .

    Jesus is not a creation because all things were made by him and without him nothing was made.

    Did Jesus create himself ?

    2 Corinthians 5:19 KJV ( God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself )

    To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

    1 Timothy 3:16 KJV ( God was manifest in the flesh )

    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.

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Here is a older answer squestion that I think explains their Baptism:

    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=201201...

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