Revelation 2:7 (KJV) He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit (God)
saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of
life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

Joh 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit
and in truth.

Le 11:45 For I am the LORD that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be
your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for <I am holy>.

In many places the holy spirit is called the <spirit of God>.  If we study
these Scriptures, we can get a good understanding that the holy spirit is
the mind of God.  It would be a good study to look up every one of the
places where the <spirit of God> is used.

Ge 41:38 And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as
this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is?

Ex 31:3 And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in
understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,

1Co 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of
God dwelleth in you?

The reason the holy spirit is so wonderful and versatile and awing is
because the holy spirit is the mind of God.  In one respect, we could say
that the holy spirit is God.  Because if one's mind is missing, what is
left?  Notice the Scripture below, which says that The Christ is to be in
us.  The Messiah is referring, in this Scripture, to the holy spirit (His
mind) that will be within us.  The Messiah is in us by His mind, the holy
spirit.

John 17.23 "<I in them>, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one;
and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou
hast loved me."
God's Mind More Powerful Than Man's
There is something unique that God can do with His mind, which man
cannot do.  God can project His mind throughout the entire universe.  
Man is gaining this power through the computer and distance media of
today - in a small way.  Man can communicate all over the world from
wherever he happens to be.  But God can bring about a result from a
distance!  That is the reason that God is referred to as being
omnipresent.  God is everywhere through His mind, the holy spirit!  But
as a person, God resides in the third heaven.

Ps 139:7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit?  or whither shall I flee from thy
presence?

Daniel 4:35 And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he
doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of
the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?

Luke 11:2 And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in
heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done, as in
heaven, so in earth.  

If God decided to destroy the earth, His <mind> would destroy the
earth.  We have that potential in our minds.  But it will only be fully
realized when we become part of the family of God.  Such power in the
hands of man would be devastating.

Mt 21:21 Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have
faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but
also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into
the sea; it shall be done.

So in the final analysis we must come to the conclusion that the holy
spirit, the spirit of God, is the mind of God.  In the past we have
confused the issue by trying to divide this concept into the power of
God and the mind of God.  Both come to the same thing.  God's power
resides in His mind.  The mind of God does the work, which He
perceives to do.  What a mind!  No wonder we have had difficulty in
understanding what is the holy spirit.
Yahshua, The Messiah (Savior) Of The World
Ac 5:31 Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour,
for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.

Joh 4:42 And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying:
for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the
Saviour of the world.

The Messiah is the <Captain> of our salvation.  He is the <author> of
eternal salvation.  It is obvious that God the Father has placed our
salvation under The Christ.  The act of baptism shows that we have
accepted The Messiah as our Savior, and Captain, and the Author of
our salvation.  The approval for this came into effect when The Christ
died for our sins.  We are baptized for the remission of our sins.  Only
the blood of the Savior will atone for our sins.  Now what is an author?  
An author is an originator or creator.  If The Christ is the creator of
our salvation, then He is the one we look to for salvation.  God the
Father has designed it that way.

Heb 2:3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first
began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard
him;

Heb 2:10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all
things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation
perfect through sufferings.

Heb 5:9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto
all them that obey him;

Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that
whosoever believeth <in him> should not perish, but have everlasting life.
In The Name Of Jesus Christ
Ac 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you
<in the name of Jesus Christ> for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the
gift of the Holy Ghost.

Ac 3:6 Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I
thee: <In the name of Jesus Christ> of Nazareth rise up and walk.

Ac 4:10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that <by the
name of Jesus Christ> of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from
the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.

Ac 9:27 But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared
unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him,
and how he had preached boldly at Damascus <in the name of Jesus>.

Ac 16:18 And this did she many days.  But Paul, being grieved, turned and said
to the spirit, I command thee <in the name of Jesus Christ> to come out of her.  
And he came out the same hour.

1Co 1:2 Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified
<in Christ Jesus>, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the
name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:

Php 2:10 That at <the name of Jesus> every knee should bow, of things in
heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
In My (The Messiah's) Name
Notice the following references that tell in what name things are to be
accomplished.  Why did The Messiah not add the “three fold phrase” if
we were to understand that everything was to be done in these terms?

Mt 18:5 And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.

Mt 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I
in the midst of them.

Mr 9:37 Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth
me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me.

Mr 9:39 But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a
miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me.

Mr 9:41 For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name,
because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.

Mr 16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they
cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

Lu 9:48 And said unto them, Whosoever shall receive this child in my name
receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me receiveth him that sent me: for he
that is least among you all, the same shall be great.

Joh 14:13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the
Father may be glorified in the Son.

Joh 14:14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

Joh 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will
send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your
remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.  (note that even the holy spirit
is sent in Christ's name)

Joh 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that
ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that
whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

Joh 16:23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing.  Verily, verily, I say unto
you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.

Joh 16:24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive,
that your joy may be full.
In His (Christ's) Name
Mt 12:21 And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.

Lu 24:47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his
name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

Joh 2:23 Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many
believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did.

Ac 3:16 And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong,
whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this
perfect soundness in the presence of you all.

Many times the Scriptures speak of acting "in the name of Yahshua,
The Messiah."  Only one time, for one act, are we told to do anything
"in the name of the Father, the Son and the holy spirit.”  This surely
forces upon us the need to determine whether this portion of the verse
is spurious.  I believe that I have shown, with the Bullinger quote that
this portion of Matthew 28.19 is spurious.
Baptism
Because baptism is involved in the scripture that is used to prove a
trinity, we should ask ourselves what baptism represents.

Romans 6.3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ
were baptized into his death?
4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ
was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should
walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be
also in the likeness of his resurrection:
6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin
might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

We are buried <by baptism> into the death of Yahshua, The Christ.  
Only The Messiah died for our sins.  Therefore, we are baptized in
His name with the symbol of death when we are buried in the watery
grave.

It is interesting to note that The Christ said, “My Father and I are
one.”  If the Father and The Messiah are one, why is it necessary to
be baptized in the name of both the Father and the Son?

John 10.27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall
any man pluck them out of my hand.
29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to
pluck them out of my Father's hand.
30 I and my Father are one.

If by "in the name of" we are saying "by the authority of", we are
appealing to three different authorities in order to be baptized, or to
the same authority three times, according to Matthew 28:19.  As I
have shown, the holy spirit is the mind of God.  Therefore, we are
being baptized by the authority of the Father, by the authority of the
Son, and by the authority of the mind of God, if we use this method of
baptism.  This obviously does not make sense.  I think Bullinger made
a good case of showing that the verse in Matthew 28.19 is spurious.

When I was baptized, I was baptized in the name of the Father, the
Son, and the holy spirit, in the name of Jesus Christ.  One problem is
that one is not really following the command of Matthew 28.19, unless
he knows what the name of the holy spirit is.  But the words <holy
spirit> do not comprise a name, and no name is given for the holy
spirit.  The words <holy spirit> are generic words.  One is an
adjective the other is a noun, which is used to refer to any kind of
spirit (holy, human, evil).  Therefore, it is impossible to follow this
command as written.

We should ask ourselves, if it is impossible to follow a command given
in the Bible is it possible that the command is spurious?  I think the
information I have shown makes that very likely.

The Bible says,

Acts 4.10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that <by the
name of Jesus Christ> of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from
the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.
11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become
the head of the corner.
12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is <none other name>
under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

From the above verses, it is obvious that the name of Yahshua, The
Messiah is the <only> name by which we may receive salvation.  If we
are required to be baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and
the holy spirit then Acts 4.12 is not true.  The Father and holy spirit
would also have to be part of the process, which means there are
other names beside the name of The Christ that are necessary for
salvation.

As for whether my baptism is valid, I have no doubt.  We cannot go
back and correct every error of fallible man.  But the question is what
should we do in the future in regard to baptism.  Should we continue to
require more than the one name of Yahshua, The Messiah for
entrance into salvation, or should we follow the Bible and baptize in
the name of Yahshua, The Messiah for the remission of sins that are
past?

Acts 2.38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you
in the name of Jesus Christ (Yahshua, The Messiah) for the remission of sins,
and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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