“If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the SOUND WORDS OF OUR Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions,”1 Timothy 6:3-4 ESV
What were the few sound words of Jesus Christ Himself?
“I have come in MY FATHER’S NAME, and you do not receive me. If another comes in his own name, you will receive him.”John 5:43 ESV
“I have MANIFESTED YOUR NAME to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word.”John 17:6 ESV
“And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in YOUR NAME, WHICH YOU GIVEN ME, that they may be one, even as we are one. While I was with them, I kept them in YOUR NAME, WHICH YOU HAVE GIVEN ME. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.” John 17:11-12 ESV
“I’m no longer in the world, but they are in the world, even as I’m coming to you. Holy Father, watch over them in YOUR NAME, THE NAME YOU GAVE ME, that they will be one just as we are one. When I was with them, I watched over them in YOUR NAME, THE NAME YOU GAVE ME, and I kept them safe. None of them were lost, except the one who was destined for destruction, so that scripture would be fulfilled.” John 17:11-12 CEB
“O righteous Father, EVEN THOUGH THE WORLD DOES NOT KNOW YOU, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. I made known to THEM YOUR NAME, and I WILL CONTINUE to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”John 17:25-26 ESV
Above were sound words of Jesus Christ to which He insists the following;
- He came in His Father’s Name
- He manifested His Father’s Name
- Father’s name was given to Him.
- The world does not know the Father and He made the Father’s name known to his disciples and will continue to make it known.
In No. 4 – He particularly said, THE WORLD does know the Father and further said, He made known the Father’s name to them and will continue to make it known. But, how could it be that the world meaning, including the Jews, does not know the Father’s name when Moses their forefather receive it? Is it possible that what Moses had received was not really the Father’s proper name but the title name? Otherwise, why would the Christ make the name known to them as if His disciples were not born as Jews hence, not aware of the Father’s name which was given to Moses?
In No. 3 – He said, He was given the name of the Father but, what is that name? When He was in the womb, an Angel gave Him a name Jesus and further said, they will call Him Immanuel which means God is with us not the messenger of God is with us. Does it mean the child flesh was God? Nope, but the child has the name of God.
In No. 2 – He demonstrated or manifested the Father’s name to them. He showed to them what can be achieved in the name of the Father which is the name He carries. There are many verses that proved that in the name of Jesus things happened and the below is one of them.
“Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “For no one who does a miracle IN MY NAME can in the next moment say anything bad about me,”Mark 9:39 NIV
In No. 1 – Some say, in my Father’s name could mean, He comes in the authority of the Father and that His name is not really the Father’s name. But, if this is the case, then like in No. 2, Why is it possible to perform miracles in His name if the authority is not in His name? Why is it that He told His disciple to ask anything in His name, not in Father’s name? Is it because the name of the Father and the Son is one and the same- JESUS. The name Christ was not given by the angel, Christ is an earned name of the human body which became the sacrificial lamb. Click The Most Proper Name of God- Jesus to read further.
In fact, it was prophesied:
“And the Lord will be king over all the earth. On that day the Lord will be one and HIS NAME ONE.” Zechariah 14:9 ESV
Confirmed by Christ Himself:
“I and the Father are ONE.” John 10:30 ESV
Apostles also implied the same:
“Thomas responded to Jesus, “MY LORD AND MY GOD!” Jesus replied, “Do you believe because you see me? Happy are those who don’t see and yet believe.”John 20:28-29 CEB
“From Simon Peter, a slave and apostle of Jesus Christ. To those who received a faith equal to ours through the justice of OUR GOD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.”2 Peter 1:1 CEB
The Lord also made it clear below that there is no other savior besides Him. Only God saves.
“I, I am the LORD, and there is no savior besides me.”Isaiah 43:11 CEB
Apostles also followed the baptism commission instructed to them while Jesus was still on earth. At that time, He did not allowed that His name was to be used in baptism because while on earth, He was not yet the priest that mediate between man and God as there were existing priests (Levitical) instructed by the law to mediate between man and God. Click to read: The New Testament was fully effective only after Ascension.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,”Matthew 28:19 ESV
Notice the “name” above is in singular form. It is exactly what Peter did in Act 2:38.
“And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”Acts 2:38 ESV
Jesus is the name of the Father inherited by the Son.
“having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.”Hebrews 1:4 ESV
Christ is the earned title name of the body that was resurrected and also ascended to heaven. This glorified anointed body or, Christ was the Son or the Image of God. Son is defined as the Image of God in Col 1:15. Click below to read.
And, Holy Spirit was the Spirit sent after He ascends which Jesus promised to be sent as a Helper in the His name.
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” John 14:26 ESV
Thus, In act Act 2:38, by baptizing in the name JESUS CHRIST, the instruction in Matthew 28:19 was fulfilled.
But, to be clear, the Father is not the Son nor Son is the Father. They have the SAME NAME though. They are one yet also separate. Father is a vast, unquantified Holy Spirit who fills heaven and earth that can send part of Himself without His essence as Spirit being reduced. This part of God dwells in the Son who is an exact representation of the vast Spirit God. Click this link – Son- the Image of God to read further.
Now, do you see it or you disagree with the sound word of Jesus Christ Himself? Are you puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. Do you have an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions?
Below is some information of some religious organization with MANY FOLLOWERS that in their belief would disagree with the sound word of Jesus Christ.
Iglesia ni Cristo Inc. – The name of Father is “Father” and the name Jesus is not God but, man to date and to eternity.
Jehovah’s Witnesses – The name of Father is “Jehovah” and, the name Jesus is God but lesser God as Jesus is the name of the son only.
MCGI – The name of Father is “YHWH” and, the name Jesus is God but lesser God as Jesus is the name of the son only.
Catholic/Seventh Day Adventist/Born Again Christian – The name of Father is “YHWH” and, the name Jesus is God the Son and is equal to YHWH the father and equal to God the Holy Spirit.
“But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. AND MANY WILL FOLLOW their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.” 2 Peter 2:1-3 ESV