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The Certainty of the Gospel

The Certainty of the Gospel
By Ron Schoolcraft

“That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee” (Proverbs 22:21).

We must first know the certainty of the Words of truth ourselves, before we can effectively “give an answer to every man that asketh …” (I Peter 3:15). I designed this Bible study to show the certainty of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in three parts: 1. The Gospel Beginning; 2. The Gospel Commissioned; and 3. The Gospel Preached. Following each Scripture reference, a brief summary of the passage is presented, followed by my comments in parentheses. The student should turn to each of these passages and study the context with an open heart as well as an open Bible.

1. The Gospel Beginning.

Luke 1:1-4 ” Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us … It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee … That thou mightest know the certainty of those things … (Luke declared that he, having had perfect understanding of the things most surely believed, would write that we might know their certainty. Luke also wrote the Book of Acts, so we will hear more from him in Part 2 and Part 3.)

Mark 1:1-8 “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ. John baptized, preached repentance for remission of sins. I have baptized with water but He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.” (Here is a marvelous thing. God revealed to John the Baptist something about the Gospel: that Jesus would baptize with the Holy Ghost! See also parallel passages in Matthew 3:11 and Luke 3:16.)

John 3:1-7, 16, 21 “Except a man be born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter the kingdom of God. Whosoever believeth in Him should not perish. He that doeth truth cometh to the light. (Many isolate John 3:16, saying all you have to do is believe, but believing must include a birth of water and spirit or we have a contradiction. Is believing alone sufficient? James 2:19 says the devils believe and tremble. Are they saved? In this next passage, just four chapters later, Jesus will show what it means to believe.)

John 7:37-39  “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. This spake He of the Spirit which they that believe on Him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given (Emphasis added. They that believe should receive the Spirit, here identified as the Holy Ghost. Believing is more than mere mental assent that Jesus existed.)

2. The Gospel Commissioned

Mark 16:15-18″ Preach the gospel. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved. (Not, he that believes and is saved should be baptized.) These signs shall follow; in my name they shall cast out devils, speak with new tongues, lay hands on sick, and they shall recover.

Luke 24:44-49 ” Then opened he their understanding of the scriptures … that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name … tarry in Jerusalem until endued with power from on high. (We will have to go to Acts to see if the apostles and disciples obeyed these commissions.)

Matthew 28:19 “Teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. (What is the name? Note that “name” is singular, not plural. When we go to Part 3, The Gospel Preached, we will see how the apostles and disciples obeyed this Scripture, and we will clearly know what the “name” of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost is. Also, please see my articles elsewhere in this book, “A Fresh Look at Matthew 28:19,” and “The Baptism of Peter – From Heaven or of Men?”)

Acts 1:1-3 “Jesus, through the Holy Ghost, gave commandments to the apostles … He showed himself alive by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, speaking of things pertaining to kingdom of God. (“Infallible proofs” in the Greek means “many criteria of certainty” I would love to spend forty days with Jesus. I haven’t and you haven’t, but we have the verbatim words in the Book of Acts of them that did. Don’t you think they would know what He wanted them to preach?)

Acts 1:4-5, 8 “Wait for the promise … John baptized with water; but you shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence … ye shall receive power after the Holy Ghost is come upon you, and you shall be witnesses … (This was the last commission given just before Jesus ascended in verse 9. Jesus reminded them of John’s message, and told them they would be baptized with the Holy Ghost in a few days.)

Acts 1:9-15 “Jesus ascended to heaven … angels promised He will return. They returned to Jerusalem to an upper room to pray; about 120 disciples including Mary, mother of Jesus. (Some of the elements established in these commissions we just studied: believing, repentance, baptizing, signs, healing, speaking with new tongues, power to witness after baptized with the Holy Ghost.)

3. The Gospel Preached.

Acts 2:1-4 “They were all filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. (This was the baptism of the Holy Ghost that was promised by Jesus a few days earlier in Acts 1:5.)

Acts 2:5-11 “Noised abroad … how hear we every man in own tongue wherein we were born? (More than just the twelve apostles received the Holy Ghost because they were speaking in seventeen different languages. God made sure someone in the 120 was speaking in each language represented.)

Acts 2:12-17 “These men are drunk. But Peter, standing with the eleven, began to preach … This is that spoken by the prophet Joel … in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh … (Peter quoted the Old Testament prophet Joel. Note: God’s Spirit was to be poured out on “all flesh,” not just the twelve apostles!)

Acts 2:36-42 “What shall we do? (What will Peter, the man with the keys of the kingdom, preach? This is what we’ve been waiting to hear.) 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. The promise is to everyone God shall call. Save yourselves … they that gladly received his word were baptized … they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine. (Now compare this with John 3:5, “born of water and of the Spirit,” and Luke 24:47, “And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name.” Peter got it exactly right. This was the verbatim preaching of the apostle Peter telling us what to do to be saved. Is this an isolated case, or is there more?)

Acts 4:10-12 “By the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth doth this man stand before you whole … Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (How does the name of Jesus save us? See Acts 2:38.)

Acts 10:1-6 “Cornelius was a devout man … feared God … gave much alms, prayed to God always. (He was a Gentile but probably more devout than many modern day Christians.) He saw in a vision to send for Peter to tell him what he ought to do. (…to be saved, according to Acts 11:13-14. He was a good man but goodness alone will not save.)

Acts 10:43-48 — While Peter spoke, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word … the Jews were astonished that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost, for they heard them speak with tongues. Can any man forbid water that these should not be baptized? (Wait, Peter, they have the Spirit, why worry about water baptism? Answer: John 3:5: “water and the Spirit.”) And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. (Emphasis added.)

Acts 19:2-6 Paul preached to disciples of John the Baptist … Have you received the Holy Ghost since you believed? John just preached repentance and that they should believe on him which should come after … on Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus … the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues … (Paul re-baptized the disciples of John in the name of the Lord Jesus and they received the Holy Ghost and spoke with tongues, just as in Act 2 and Acts 10. Are we picking up a pattern on the certainty of the gospel? In each case it was in obedience to John 3:5 and the commissions, by water baptism in the Name of Jesus and receiving the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking with tongues!)

Acts 8:5-13 Philip preached Christ at Samaria … saw miracles, demons cast out, healings, signs and there was great joy … they believed and were baptized, even Simon the sorcerer. (Were they saved? Nothing said yet about the Holy Ghost. Some say it is automatic when you believe or are baptized, or have joy. We shall see.)

Acts 8:14-16 The apostles sent Peter and John to pray for them to receive the Holy Ghost: For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. (So they didn’t receive the Holy Ghost automatically when they were baptized, or when they had great joy. But how did they know they had not received the Holy Ghost yet? What evidence was lacking in their experience? They had been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus, so why worry about the Spirit anyway? Answer: John 3:5: “water and the Spirit.”)

Acts 8:17-21 They laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost. When Simon saw that, he offered them money for this power … (What did Simon see that would make him offer money? Remember, he was a sorcerer who had supernatural powers from Satan. He didn’t offer money for the power to work miracles and signs in verse 13, but in verse 17, when they received the Holy Ghost, he evidently saw an outstanding, miraculous experience that he had never seen before. In accordance with the pattern in Acts 2, 10, and 19, it was undoubtedly that they spoke with other tongues.)

It is a certainty that the gospel the apostles preached was: repentance, baptism in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and receiving the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking with tongues. The apostles obeyed Matthew 28:19 by baptizing in the name of Jesus Christ. They understood that the “name” (singular) is Jesus. Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are not names, but titles, offices, or manifestations of the one true God. (I am a father, son, and husband, but I have only one name and I’m not three persons.) Either the “name” in Matthew 28:19 is Jesus (Acts 4:12) or the scriptures contradict, the apostles were wrong and we would have no confidence in anything they wrote. For further study see John 14:7-11, John 14:16-18, 26; Colossians 2:9; and Isaiah 9:6. Also, please read “A Fresh Look at Matthew 28:19” and “The Baptism of Peter – From Heaven or of Men?”

* Baptism is Essential: John 3:5; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; Acts 8:16; Acts 10:48; Acts 19:5; I Peter 3:20-21

* Holy Ghost is Essential: John 3:5; John 7:38-39; Acts 2:14, 38-39; Acts 8:17-18; Acts 10:45-46; Acts 19:6; Romans 8:9

* Faith to Receive: John 7:38-39; Luke 11:9-13; Hebrews 11:6; Mark 11:24; Acts 2:4, 16-17, 38-39; Romans 10:17

* The Word Will Prosper: Isaiah 55:9-12

A Lot of Love

1. Lookin’ through the window of the nursery;
Tremblin’ with excitement, our whole family;
Waitin’ for our first glimpse of that baby girl or boy?
A flurry of green, the nurse is rushin’ in;
On everybody’s face, Oh! A super grin;
As we look at her these words express our joy…
Chorus
There’s a lot of love in this place, right now;
There’s a lot of love on each face, right now;
It’s the love of Jesus Christ our Lord;
We’re praisin’ God in one accord;
There’s a lot of love in this place, right now.

2. Lookin’ through the window of the Father’s love;
Realizin’ Christ came from above
To a little manger filled with hay, that great day.
We see all the shepherds gathered ’round;
Whispers of love, peace and joy abound;
If we listen closely we can hear them say…

3. Lookin’ through the window of the Upper Room;
The disciples kickin’ in the Spirit’s womb;
Waitin’ for the birthday of the church, from on high.
The Spirit came rushin’ like a mighty wind;
Cloven tongues of fire sat on each of them;
Then they spoke with other tongues and prophesied.

1991 Ron Schoolcraft

This article The Certainty of the Gospel was excerpted from: Gleanings by Ron Schoolcraft, 2012. It may be used for study & research purposes only.

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A Fresh Look at Matthew 28:19

A Fresh Look at Matthew 28:19
By Ron Schoolcraft

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).

Come on, be honest-have you ever wished Jesus had not spoken these words? In the Book of Acts, baptism in Jesus’ Name is clearly stated. However, does not this verse in Matthew seem less clear, almost to the point of “confusing” the issue? Maybe it is time for a fresh look at Matthew 28:19. This marvelous passage just might be one of the most awesome “Jesus, name, one God” Scriptures in the arsenal of apostolic believers. Without Matthew 28:19 we would not know so precisely and absolutely that Jesus is the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost! If we have yielded the high ground of Matthew 28:19 to Trinitarians, it’s time to reclaim it. This is our Scripture! Let us elevate it to its rightful place at the pinnacle of apostolic doctrinal teachings.

Harmony of Scripture

The Trinitarian’s favorite Scripture is, in reality, one of the best verses in the Bible for Jesus’ name, one God believers. It is easily rendered so by asking a simple question, “What is the name?” The profound answer is: “Jesus!” The crystal-clear proof is found in the Book of Acts where the apostles obeyed Matthew 28:19 by baptizing in the name of Jesus!

We know the Scriptures do not contradict, but rather they harmonize. Using the “Harmony of Scripture” as a tool of biblical interpretation, let us look briefly at some baptism in the Book of Acts:

1. Peter: “be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ” (Acts 2:38).

2. Phillip: “they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Acts 8:16).

3. Paul: “they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Acts 19:5).

4. Peter: “he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord” (Acts 10:48).

If the “name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost” is not Jesus then the apostles and disciples disobeyed Matthew 28:19 when they baptized in the Book of Acts. We thus would have a major contradiction in the Bible, a severe violation of the principle of the Harmony of Scripture. Another rule of biblical interpretation is that clear passages define less clear passages.

Matthew 28:19, when compared with the baptismal Scriptures in Acts, is revealed to be, not a “three person/three God” Scripture, but a “one name” Scripture! This “one name” belongs to the “one God” who has appeared in three manifestations, roles or offices. Moreover, this “one name” verse belongs to His people, the people of the Name. If there were three separate and distinct “persons” the apostles would not have dared slight them by omitting their names in the Book of Acts baptisms.

The “Singular” Name

Peter confirmed that “the name” (singular), Jesus, is singular in another sense it is the only saving name. “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). Luke’s rendition of “the great commission” also sanctioned the singular name: “Repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name… ” (Luke 24:47, emphasis added). Peter unmistakably obeyed this commission, as well as Matthew 28:19 and Acts 4:12, when he preached, “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).

A Super Sandwich

It is noteworthy that Jesus said in Matthew 28:19, “Go ye therefore, and teach… ” (Emphasis added). “Therefore” means “accordingly, for that reason, because of that, to that end.” It refers to the preceding verse where Jesus proclaimed, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth” (Matthew 28:18). Here Jesus was claiming omnipotence deity! As David Bernard has written in The Oneness of God, “It would twist the logic of the passage to read it to mean (I have all power, so baptize in the names of three different persons).”

It is also significant that the verse following Matthew 28:19 announces the omnipresence of Jesus: “Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world” (Matthew 28:20).

Sandwiched between verse 18, proclaiming the omnipotence of Jesus, and verse 20, heralding the omnipresence of Jesus, is verse 19, obviously revealing that “lie name” of the Father, Son and the Holy Ghost is Jesus!

These three verses constitute a veritable super sandwich, a triple-decker, consisting of the omnipotence and omnipresence of Christ encompassing the meat of the revelation that Jesus is, “therefore” the “name”! “For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily!” (Colossians 2:9). Matthew 28:18-20 is a delectable triple-decker we can feast on continuously.

A Parable of the Name?

A parable is sometimes defined as an earthly story with a heavenly meaning. Jesus explained why He taught in parables. “Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear and not understand” (Mark 4:11-12). Thus, parables have a dual purpose: to reveal truth to some but to veil truth from others. To the extent that Matthew 28:19 reveals truth about “the name” yet simultaneously veils truth from others, it is very much like a parable. Matthew tells us, “And without a parable spake he not unto them: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet saying, I will open my mouth in parables: I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world” (Matthew 13:34-35). There is a distinct possibility that, far from “confusing” the issue of baptism, in Matthew 28:19 Jesus did intentionally “utter” a parable-like passage revealing “things kept secret from the foundation of the world.” One would have to search diligently to find a better example of a parable than Matthew 28:19. Dare we say that in Matthew 28:19 Jesus gave us the paragon of parables a final, unannounced parable with a hidden meaning a “parable of the name”?

The Isaiah 9:6 Parallel

It is interesting to note the similarities between Isaiah 9:6 and Matthew 28:19. Isaiah said of the “Son..given…his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father… ” (Isaiah 9:6). All of the components of the phrase “name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” are present here. Where is the “Holy Ghost”? A “Counselor” is an advisor or guide similar to an advocate, who pleads in behalf of another, as does a legal counselor. The New Testament Greek word for “advocate” is parakletos. It is the same word used for “Comforter” in John 14:26: “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost. .. shall teach you all things… ” (Emphasis added).

In Isaiah 9:6 we also find the singular “name” followed by multiple titles. The titles are not His name, but who He is, just as in Matthew 28:19! Note again: “His name shall be called…” “Shall be” indicates future tense. Where else in Scripture was the Son’s name “called” Counselor (Holy Ghost), mighty God, everlasting Father? Try Matthew 28:19! It is fascinating to consider that Isaiah 9:6 may indeed be a type of Mathew 28:19, foreshadowing the revelation of His name.

The Baptism of the Apostles

When Jesus’ authority was questioned, He answered with a question, “The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men?” (Luke 20:4). A legitimate question to ask our friends is: “The baptism of the apostles was it from God or from men?” If they answer, “From men,” they are accusing the apostles of heresy. If they answer, “From God,” the correct answer, they are acknowledging that the name of the Fahter, Son and Holy Ghost is Jesus. Our next response, after praising God, should be, “here is water what doth hinder (thee) to be baptized?” (Acts 8:36).

Our Goal: “Go”

There is more to Matthew 28:19-20 than the revelation of His name. There is a clarion call to missionary outreach, a demand for action: “Go…teach …baptizing …teaching.” Someone has observed that the word “preach” contains the word “reach”, while the words “reach”, and “teach” contain the word “each.” Our goal is to “Go” to preach, reach and teach, baptizing each one God gives us in our going. This, too, is an integral part of Matthew 28:19. Words on paper alone will not suffice; someone must “Go ye therefore…”

May God grant us a renewed appreciation for Matthew 28:19. The next time we hear, “But what about Matthew 28:19?” May our response be, “I’m so glad you asked me! Matthew 28:19 is one of our favorite Scriptures…” May God use the former “stumbling stone” as a stepping-stone to revelation and revival.
THE ABOVE MATERIAL WAS PUBLISHED BY THE LOUISIANA CHALLENGER, 2002, PAGES 2, 5. THIS MATERIAL IS COPYRIGHTED AND MAY BE USED FOR STUDY & RESEARCH PURPOSES ONLY.

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The Name in Matthew 28:19

The Name in Matthew 28:19
By Ron Schoolcraft

“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 28:10).

Although some biblical scholars question the textual authenticity of Matthew 28:19–that is, whether it is in the original text or a later interpretation–accepting it as Scripture will not compromise the oneness of God or baptism in the name of Jesus Christ. On the contrary, it enriches the doctrine of Oneness believers. Using the principal of internal harmony of the Scriptures as a tool of biblical interpretation, we can began by asking a simple question: What is the singular “name” referred to in Matthew 28:19? The clear proof that this “name” is Jesus is found in the Book of Acts, where the apostles and early church obeyed Matthew 28:19 by baptizing in the name of Jesus.

Have you ever wished that Jesus had not spoken the words Father, Son, and Holy Ghost in Matthew 28:19? Baptism in Jesus’ name is so clearly given in the Book of Acts, but does not Matthew 28:19 seem less clear, almost confusing the issue? Maybe it is time for a fresh look at Matthew 28:19. This marvelous passage may be one of the most enlightening about Jesus’ name and His being the one God in the Scriptures. Without Matthew 28:19 we would not know so precisely and absolutely that Jesus is the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost! Matthew 28:19 does not teach a trinitarian concept of God; rather it rightfully belongs as a foundational stone of Oneness teaching.

Harmony of Scripture

All doctrine must be established by a harmony of Scripture. That is, the Bible is not internally conflicting or contradictory. In other words, there is one gospel, not many gospels. Truth is a whole, with each aspect of truth contributing rather than conflicting with each other. The words of Jesus in Matthew 28:19 do not conflict with the words of the apostolic church in teaching or preaching. Both Matthew 28:19 and acts 2:38 express one truth-not separate truths or conflicting doctrines.

Let us look briefly at the name used in water baptisms in the Book of Acts:

1. The apostle Peter admonished repentant believers to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ: “be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ” (Acts 2:38).

2. The evangelist Philip baptized Samaritans who believed the gospel and repented in the name of the Lord Jesus: “they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Acts 8:16).

3. The apostle Paul rebaptized the disciples of John in the name of the Lord Jesus: “they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Acts 19:5).

4. The apostle Peter commanded the Gentile believers to be baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus: “he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord” (Acts 10:48).

5. The disciples Ananias baptized the apostle Paul in the name of the Lord: “arise, and be baptized . . . calling on the name of the Lord” (Acts 22: 16).

If the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost is not Jesus, then the apostles and disciples did not understand Jesus’ command in Matthew 28:19, or they simply disobeyed Him when they baptized in the Book of Acts. To assume that the apostles misunderstood Jesus or disobeyed Him would bring into question the gospel message in not only Acts but also the entire New Testament. Thus, to believe in the harmony of the Scriptures, we must accept that the records in Acts truthfully reflect the words of Jesus in Matthew 28:19.

Another principle of biblical interpretation is that clear passages define less clear passages. Using this principle, comparing Matthew 28:19 with the water baptisms in Acts reveals not a “three-person God” but a one-name and one-God message. This one name belongs to one God who manifested Himself in three ways or roles to effect our salvation.

The apostle Peter confirmed that the singular name in Matthew 28:19 is Jesus in another setting by proclaiming that Jesus is the only saving name: “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). In the Gospel of Luke, the great commission refers to a singular name: “Repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name” (Luke 24:47). Peter clearly obeyed this commission on the Day of Pentecost when he told the people what to do to be saved: “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).

The Context of Matthew 28:19

It is noteworthy that the word “therefore” in Matthew 28:19 means “accordingly, for that reason, because of that, to that end.” It refers to the preceding verse where Jesus proclaimed, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth” (Matthew 28:18). Jesus was claiming omnipotence–deity! David Bernard wrote in The Oneness of God, “It would twist the logic of the passage to read it to mean ‘I have all power, so baptize in the names of three different persons.”‘

It is also significant that the verse following Matthew 29:19 announces the omnipresence of Jesus: “Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world” (Matthew 28:20). Sandwiched between proclaiming the omnipotence of Jesus in verse 18, and heralding the omnipresence of Jesus in verse 20, is verse 19, obviously revealing that “the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” is Jesus!

These three verses constitute a unit of truth consisting of the omnipotence and omnipresence of Jesus and the revelation that Jesus is the name. The truth of the Oneness of God in this passage was later expressed by the apostle Paul in his letter to the church in Colosse:

“For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily” (Colossians 2:9).

Isaiah 9:6 and Matthew 28:19

It is also interesting to note the similarities between Isaiah 9:6 and Matthew 28:19. Isaiah wrote, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given . . . and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). The singular “name” is connected to the titles of Son and Father in this passage, along with the title “Counselor” (an advocate-the Greek equivalent is parakletos, translated “comforter” in John 14:26: “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost”).

In Isaiah 9:6 appears the singular “name” followed by titles. The titles-Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace-are not His name but who He is, just as in Matthew 28:19! This verse states that “his name shall be called,” using the future tense, a prophecy of a future time. Where in Scripture does the Son’s name include the titles of Counselor, The mighty God, and The everlasting Father? It is fascinating to consider that Isaiah 9:6 may indeed be a prophecy fulfilled in Matthew 28:19, and the name proclaimed by the apostles and early church in the gospel message was the name of Jesus.

Water Baptism by the Apostles

When Jesus’ authority was questioned, He answered with a question: “The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men?” (Luke 20:4). A legitimate question to ask today is, “The baptism of the apostles–was it from God or from men?” If the answer is, “From men,” we accuse the apostles of heresy. If we answer, “From God,” we acknowledge that the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost is Jesus.

There is more to Matthew 28:1920 than the revelation of God’s name. There is also a clarion call to missionary outreach, a demand for action: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the
name.” In His name we are to proclaim the promise from God that by faith and obedience people shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost (Acts 2:38). Our goal is to preach the gospel to everyone, to baptize each one that God gives us, and then to teach “them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.” Our commission to evangelism is an integral part of Matthew 28:19. Words on paper alone will not suffice; we must “Go … therefore….”

Brother Schooleraft is a member of the Apostolic Tabernacle in Edinburg, Indiana, pastored by Reverend Mark Meyers.

THE ABOVE MATERIAL WAS PUBLISHED BY THE PENTECOSTAL HERALD, SEPTEMBER 1999, PAGES 20, 22. THIS MATERIAL IS COPYRIGHTED AND MAY BE USED FOR STUDY & RESEARCH PURPOSES ONLY.

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