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Old 03-05-2012, 07:13 AM
Aquila Aquila is offline
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Re: Why Baptize In Jesus Name

There isn't a "Jesus name formula" in the NT. However, it appears that there was a "Jesus name invocation" at the moment of baptism. It would appear that water baptism marked the time of conversion in the early church. Thus repentance and baptism were seen as two parts of a single act...the turning from sin and to obedience to Christ. I've always found Paul's conversion provocative. Paul's conversion shows us something interesting:

Acts 22:14-17 (KJV)
14And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth.
15For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard.
16And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.
It would appear that Annanias didn't baptize Paul using a "formula". But rather Annanias admonished Paul to literally call on the name of the Lord at the moment of water baptism. This act washed away Paul's sins. Thus "Jesus name baptism" appears to be less of a formula and more like a prayer of repentance, and baptism an affirmation of faith in Christ Jesus.

Our modern "altar calls" seem to separate repentance from water baptism. But in the early church this doesn't appear to be so. One might begin to believe in Christ after hearing a testimony regarding Jesus... but the moment of conversion was marked as a formal repentance and water baptism while calling upon Christ's name for forgiveness.
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