The apostles baptised in the name of Jesus. However they were commanded
in Matt 28:18-20 to baptise in the name of the Father and of the Son and
of the Holy Spirit. Which should it be for us today?
I believe that this is a non-issue. In other words, this is not an
important distinction. If you want to baptize “in the name of Jesus,” go
ahead. If you want to baptize “in the name of the Father, the Son and the
Holy Spirit,” that is fine as well. Since the Bible has both “formulas,”
you can assume that neither is the “correct” one. It is a good idea to
not make every possible question a matter of life and death. It may be
helpful to divide spiritual questions/issues into three categories.
1. Essential A salvation issue. (doctrine of grace, doctrine of
baptism, repentance, deity of Jesus, etc)
2. Important Definitely worth discussing and perhaps even worth dividing
over, but not essential to salvation
(predestination, premillenialsm, miraculous gifts of the Spirit)
3. Not important. Not worth arguing over of separating over.
(interpretation of Genesis 1, whose name to baptize in, name of the
You definitely have hit on one of the “not important” issues.