"Therefore go and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit"
Matthew 28:19, which I have included in this Trinity study, presents us with an interesting statement made by Jesus. On the surface, it may seem pretty straight forward; but in light of other statements made by Jesus in the Bible, and His knowledge of Scripture, it presents us with an important revelation concerning the nature of God. The reference, in Mat 28:19, to "the Father, the Son, & the Holy Spirit" goes far beyond a simple naming of names. Let's look at what the Bible says about the three.
"The Father", of Matthew 28:19, is revealed to be God by Bible verses such as,
- - "Jesus answered, If I glorify Myself, My glory is nothing; it is My Father who glorifies Me, of whom you say that He is your God." (John 8:54)
and John 10:36,
- - "-do you say of Him whom the Father has sanctified and sent into the world, You blaspheme, because I said, I am the Son of God?".
"The Son", of Mat 28:19, we know to be Jesus, the Christ. The Bible also teaches that Jesus is God. We also know from verses such as John 14:23, that there is a distinction of persons between the Father & the Son.
"The Holy Spirit" is revealed to be God in various areas of Scripture, one of which is Hebrews 3:7-11. It may also be inferred from the fact that the only unforgivable sin is one against the Holy Spirit.
- - "But he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never shall have forgiveness, but is liable to eternal condemnation."
( Mark 3:29 )
That the Spirit is separate, and distinct from the Father & the Son can be seen from verses such as,
- - "And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, so that He may be with you forever"
( John 14:16 )
and John 14:26,
- - "But the Comforter, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance, whatever I have said to you."
In Mat 28:19, we see, "in the name of" not in the names of. Also we note that the Bible teaches that all three are named as God and are separate and distinct from each other. It is noteworthy that Jesus, in lieu of simply saying in the name of God, mentioned all three individuals. There are those who propose that Father, Son, & Holy Spirit are merely titles, or aspects, of God. This conjecture is not biblically sound, as you have found if you have taken the time to view the entire contents of this study. We clearly have evidence into the triune nature of God in Matthew 28:19, which supports the Trinity Doctrine of the Godhead.
There are those who claim that, Mat 28:19 was added by the Papists to justify their belief in a Trinity. That Mat 28:19 is consistent with the scriptural revelation about the Nature of God, is clearly evident.
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