Baptism in the Name of Jesus.
The only way they baptized.
Jesus told John to write to the church at Philadelphia that they have kept His word and have not denied His Name (Revelation 3:8). How do most churches deny the Name of Jesus? In baptism. They do everything else in the Name of Jesus except baptism.
Nowhere in the Bible was anyone baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. There is not one account but there are numerous accounts of people being baptized in the name of Jesus. If we believe and obey Acts 2:38 we should be baptized in the name of Jesus. Lets do it like it's written. Besides the Bible says in Romans 6:4 we are buried (immersed) with Him by baptism into death. With who? With Jesus. With that in mind the formula in the name of Jesus is the correct one.
Are there Biblical accounts of people baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost? No there are not. (SEE TABLE BELOW)
Colossians 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. "All" here includes baptism otherwise the Scripture would say most things.
Below are two columns listing the Scriptures where the Apostles and Evangelists of the Early Church either taught or practiced water baptism as recorded in the Word of God - in the Book of Acts and the Epistles. The key is taught or practiced.
SCRIPTUAL SURVEY OF BAPTISMAL PRACTICE
In the Name of Jesus:
As practiced in the Bible.
In the Name of the Father Son
and Holy Spirit:
As practiced in the Bible.
Acts 2:38 Repent, and be baptized everyone of in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of sins...
Acts 8:16 They were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Acts 10:48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. (NIV)
Acts 19:5 They were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Rom. 6:3-4 ...so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ, were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism...
1 Cor 1:12 Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.
1 Cor 1:13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?
1 Cor 1:14 I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius;
1 Cor 1:15 Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name.
Paul's argument would be meaningless if they were not baptized in the name of Jesus.
Col 2:11-12 In whom also you are circumcised with... the circumcision of Christ: Buried with him in baptism...
Gal 3:26-27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
Col 3:17 And whatsoever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus...
WHICH COLUMN DO YOU INDENTIFY WITH THE LEFT OR THE RIGHT?
The words Father Son and Holy Spirit are never associated with baptism when the ceremony of baptism was performed in the Bible.
The above Bible evidence proves that True Christian Water baptism must be carried out in the Name of Jesus Christ. Churches that opt to baptize by stating, "in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit," are not actually using the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit at all. They are merely repeating the command of Christ as recorded in Matthew 28:19. The name (not names) of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit has to be Jesus. The actions of the apostles prove this to be true. Otherwise there would be a flagrant contradiction within the pages of the inspired scripture. All ministers who teach that the apostles were in error baptizing in the name of Jesus are doing great violence to the Biblical doctrine of the infallibility of the Holy Scriptures. For if we say that we believe that the Bible is truly inspired by God, then there can never be any contradictions found within it's pages, Hence the actions of the apostles reveal the true fulfillment and obedience to the command of Christ in Matthew 28:19 without any contradiction.
"in the Name" means by the authority of. Jesus said all power is given to Him therefore go and baptize in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. The word "power" means authority also. Jesus was given a Name above all Names -Philippians 2:9. The Bible says What so ever you do in word or deed do all in the Name of Jesus -Colossians 3:17. and 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. The authority of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is Jesus' authority because He was given all authority. So how do we know whose authority we baptise by if we don't invoke His Name? No where in the book of Acts and the Epistles do we see the words Father, Son and Holy Spirit associated with baptism. That's why the apostles baptized in the Name of Jesus and so should we. Baptism is not an option but is necessary for salvation.
Being baptized in the name of Jesus indicates an understanding by the person being baptized that Jesus Christ is his Saviour.
(Acts 2:42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. )
We must contend for the faith once delivered unto the saints the common Salvation. Jude 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
The Phrase "for the remission of sins" The Bible uses the phrase, “for the remission of sins “. Some who wish to deny the importance and purpose of baptism claim that the original Greek word eis translated for in Acts 2:38 means be baptized because you already have remission of sins. Nowhere in the Bible is the Greek word "eis" translated “because of”. In Matthew 26:28 Jesus said “this cup is shared for many for the remission of sins”. What did He mean by saying that? Would He shed his blood because people already had forgiveness or in order that they might obtain it? The answer is obvious -- in order that they might obtain it. Surely Peter by inspiration of the Spirit sent by Jesus meant the exact same thing when he used the exact same phrase.
When is the blood of Jesus applied? Since the New Birth is a single, indivisble whole, we believe that the blood of Christ applies throughout the process.Using the terminology of the blood, the blood is applied to our hearts at the first hearing of the gospel to enable us to seek God, at repentance to enable us to turn from sin to God, at water baptism to remit sin, and at the Spirit baptism to enable us to receive God’s Spirit. After the new birth, we continue to live an overcoming, holy life by the power of the blood. Thus, the blood is applied not just at one point in time, but throughout the salvation process, from the first hearing of the Word until the return of Christ for His church.