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Offline Seamus

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How To Baptize
« on: April 24, 2008, 12:51:58 AM »
I understand, and have believed all my life, that a person should be baptized in the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. But there's one question I can't quite answer. Why did St. Peter say, in Acts 2:38, to be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ?
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Re: How To Baptize
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2008, 06:38:35 AM »
I understand, and have believed all my life, that a person should be baptized in the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. But there's one question I can't quite answer. Why did St. Peter say, in Acts 2:38, to be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ?
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Because invoking someone's name is a powerful connection (if used in a heartfelt way).  Those who were  baptized in the Lord's name were supplicating His mercy, subjugating themselves to His power, etc.  When you are baptized in the name of the Trinity, you are indeed baptized in Christ Jesus, not only as "The Son," but also through the requests in the prayers before the baptismal event (i.e. early in the service).
"If you are going to serve the Lord, be prepared for times when you will be put to the test. Be sincere and determined. Keep calm when trouble comes. Stay with the Lord; never abandon Him and you will be prosperous at the end of your days. Accept whatever happens to you. Even if you suffer humiliation, be patient. Gold is tested by fire and human character is tested in the furnace of humiliation. Trust the Lord and He will help you. Walk straight in His ways and put your hope in Him. " Sir 2:1-6