Christian Challenge International, 300 Pearce Road, Pineville, LA 71360 (318)640-4300
  HOME Search   
About Us  
 Service Schedule  
 Calendar  
 Statement of Faith  
 Meet our Staff  
 Members Section  
 Email Users Login  
 Contributions  
   
Publications  
 ACTS Studies  
 Ask The Pastor  
 Bulletins  
 Online Bookstore  
   
Audio/Video  
 Online Sermons  
 Video - Live & Archived  
 Radio Ministry  
 Jubilee CD  
   
Other Ministries / Outreach  
 School for Christian Workers  
 Hebraic Foundations Study  
 Studies for Pentecostals  
 CCI Devo Conference  
 Missions  
   

 

 

 

 

Ask The Pastor

March 27, 2003

Hi Eric,

Good to hear from you.

> My question is, when did the baptism formula change?

There is no history on when baptism changed. It seems that as long as early Christianity was still in the matrix of Judaism, baptism would have continued name of Jesus. Early Jewish believers transferred everything that pertained to Yhwh in the former testament, to the Lord Jesus Himself. The most viable record is in Acts. I think that the change took place largely among Gentile conversions. Gentiles did not have the same understanding as did the earlier Jewish believers.

> Also another question, the Didache is seen as a early church document
> (sometimes contested for however) and it shows baptism in the titles
> (Matthew 28:19).

The Didache cannot be fixed as to its writing. However it is quite early. (After the apostles.)

> To me it seems that it was baptism in Matthew 28:19 and not in just
> Jesus name. Of course we baptize in the name of the Father, and of the
> Son, and the Holy Spirit because Christ commanded it... It was in His
> name!

When Jesus said to baptize in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, His Jewish disciples understood what He was saying. They connected this statement with "all authority" now resting in Jesus. The name above every name in the former testament was YHWH. The apostles knew that God had placed Himself in the name of Jesus.

But all of this has to be qualified in regard to those coming to Jesus. For anyone who has called upon the name of Jesus in the sense of saving faith, their water baptism is valid, regardless of what the minister may say over them. It is not what the minister says, it is what the baptismal candidate says.

> "Since it was discovered in a monastery in Constantinople and
> published by P. Bryennios in 1883, the Didache or Teaching of the
> Twelve Apostles has continued to be one of the most disputed of early
> Christian texts.

It will always be disputed. The Didache was more likely an early Church confessional. As for it being from the apostles themselves, this would hardly be the case.

Blessings,

Buddy
Bro. Buddy Martin - Ask the Pastor

-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-
Lawrence "Buddy" Martin
email: Bro.Buddy@ChristianChallenge.org
Web: http://www.ChristianChallenge.org

What would you like to "Ask the Pastor?"

Your full name: 
Your email address: (ex: you@aol.com
PLEASE include your email address or we won't be able to send the answer to you.

Your question
 
(Note: Please include your full name and email address. Answers will be sent by return email. Christian Challenge reserves the right to reprint your question and edit it for clarity and content on our "Ask the Pastor" web page. Please note that we will not divulge your full name nor your email address. Typically we'll use your first name only. Not all questions are posted on this page - many more are responded to privately. Please let us know if you do NOT want your question listed or if you'd prefer it to be listed anonymously. We respect your privacy and will NOT sell/give/loan your name and email address to any other organization/business/entity.)


Back to the Christian Challenge International home page!



Last updated Wednesday, September 19, 2007. (View the What'sNew page to see the newest updates.) The URL of this page is:
file:///S:/Nathan/Websites/cci/ask/Baptism4.shtml

You can make an online donation from your checking account or credit card!

Copyright 1997-2005 Christian Challenge International.
All Rights Reserved.

Christian Challenge International
300 Pearce Road
Pineville, LA 71360
318-640-4300