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March 5, 2012

Baptising in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (part XX)

Filed under: Baptism — barrynewman @ 10:05 pm

The teaching of Jesus about the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit

Although this section might appear to be a diversion, it forms part of the argument that questions that Matthew 28: 19 refers to a mandatory water ceremony. It focuses on the teaching of Jesus in Matthew’s Gospel concerning the Father, the Holy Spirit and himself.

Given that Matthew 28: 19 is followed by, “teaching them”, might it not be helpful to briefly consider what Jesus taught about the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, at least according to Matthew?

By simply focussing on the use of the term “Father” by Jesus, we learn: Glory is to be given to the Father who is in heaven. He makes the sun to rise upon the evil and the good; He is perfect; He gives rewards; He sees in secret. He knows what his children need before they ask him. He forgives but on condition that his children likewise forgive. He feeds the birds. He gives good gifts to those who ask him. Only those who do his will, will enter the kingdom of heaven. No sparrow falls to the ground apart from the Father. He receives acknowledgement from the Son. He is Lord of heaven and earth. He hides and reveals things. He has handed all things over to the Son. He knows the Son. He who does the will of the Father is related to Jesus. He has a kingdom. In his judgement he will root up every plant he has not planted. The Son will come in the glory of the Father. The angels see the face of the Father in heaven. It is not the will of the Father that one of his little ones should perish. He will do what two of his children who agree about a matter will ask of him. He has prepared places of honour for those he chooses. There is only one Father who is father to the disciples of Jesus. He alone knows the day of the coming. There are those who are blessed by the Father. There are those who are cursed and who are ordered to depart from the Father. If appealed to by the Son he would send 12 legions of angels to deliver him.

By simply focussing on the term, “Spirit” as it pertains to the “Holy Spirit” we learn from the teaching of Jesus according to Matthew: When persecuted and having to bear witness, the Spirit of the Father will speak through them. God has put the Spirit upon Jesus his servant. It is by the Spirit of God that Jesus casts out demons. Blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. He is the Holy Spirit. David in the Spirit called the Messiah Lord.

And what can we say of the teaching of Jesus about himself, the Son of the Father? There is too much to list.  Suffice it to indicate: He teaches with authority. He is submissive to the Father. His trust is in his Father. He recognises that the Spirit is upon him. He is known by the Father. He will bring before the Father those whom he acknowledges. His disciples have only one teacher, he himself. He, the Son of man will come in power and great glory. He will judge the nations. He will give up his life for many for the forgiveness of sins. By his very appearance he declared to his disciples that he had come back from the dead. He has been given all authority on heaven and on earth.

“Baptising disciples in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”, whatever is explicitly meant by “baptising” certainly meant something that related to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit about whom Jesus had taught a great deal.


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