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In what name was Jesus baptized?

Submitted: 10/26/2009
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Question: From time to time I get asked 'those funny questions' meaning those questions that I should at least have an idea on concerning baptism. I could not answer because the bible does not make it clear. The question was posed to me by a Trinitarian. He asked 'under what name was Jesus baptised under? Did John use his name or was he just immersed or what?' This is a very valid question and I just could not answer. That brings to mind another question. The bible clearly states that John the Baptist had the Holy Spirit while in the womb. Would he need to be baptized as well? If so, did Jesus baptize him as the word does not identify this as so. Please enlighten me on your thoughts concerning this as I was REALLY STUMPED by these questions.

Answer: The reason you have no answer to these questions is because the Bible does not provide us with answers. And since the Bible does not tell us, it would be foolish for us to speculate, which is all we can do. Always keep in mind that the Bible does not tell us everything. Deuteronomy 29:29 says, 'The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.' We must conclude that if God has not told us something, it is because we do not need to know it. It is His secret. We do not need to feel compelled to answer every question brought to us. Sometimes the best response is to throw the question back at the person asking it. In the end, however, regardless of how John or Jesus was baptized, everyone today must be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins (see Acts 2:38-39).