By Thomas Weisser
The History of Water Baptism:
Much confusion concerning baptism has been caused as men interpreted this verse of Scripture. After the apostles a dangerous trend appeared in the thinking of many men. They started to view the terms Father, Son, and Holy Ghost as representing three Persons in the Godhead. This concept which was out of harmony with the general truth of Scripture gave them a ready excuse to abandon the only saving name, the name of Jesus Christ, in baptism. Instead of baptizing into the name of Jesus Christ at baptism many started to baptize into the titles Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. This, along with conceiving God as three persons was a clever trick of Satan to eliminate the name of Christ in baptism. It violates the clear word of Scripture which states; “Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12).
Then how should we interpret Mt. 28: 19? First, we have to consider who Jesus was addressing in this Scripture. The obvious answer is, His disciples.