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Baptizing in Jesus’ Name
Posted on 23 August 2017 01:01 PM

Q. Was the section "in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost" added to Matthew 28:19, at a later date by the Roman Catholic Church?


A. There is no actual evidences that this text was added at a later time. Many have based their assumption that it was added because Eusebius (c. 260-340) uses the sentence "baptizing in my name." in Demonstratio 3 chapter 6 & 7. As a result many have come to conclude that the text must have been added later. However Eusebius does quote the full formula of Matthew 28:19 in other places (Contra Marcellum I.1.9; I.1.36; Theologia III. 5.22; Caesarea 3 (Socrates, Ecclesiastical History 1.8); Psalms 117.1-4; and Theophania 4.8.)
But upon futher investigation, the actual quote from Eusebius does not refer to baptism but rather to the making of disciples by using a shorten version of Matthew 28:19.
 "With one word and voice He said to His disciples: 'Go, and make disciples of all the nations in My Name, teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you,'" {Demonstratio 3 chapter 6}
Again does He the same thing in chapter 7:
"He shewed the virtue of the power in His Name concealed from the crowd when He said to His disciples: 'Go, and make disciples of all nations in my Name.'" {Demonstratio 3}
Furthermore other Fathers, many that predates Eusebius, have used the long version of Matthew 28:19 in their essays. Ante-Nicene Fathers like Ignatius of Antioch (c. 35–110), Iraneus (c. 130-220), Cyprian (c. 200 –258 AD), Origen (c.185–c.254), and many others quotes Matthew's baptismal formula in their writtings. Each one of them wrote many years before The Nicene Creed of 325 A.D. was produced, which was adopted by the Roman Catholic Church as their inital statement of faith, which included a statement on the Trinity. 

For more information we recommend the following resources:

Bible Versions, Does It Really Matter Which?

Battle of the Bibles (Total Onslaught)

Changing the Word (Total Onslaught)

Baptism: the New Birth Experience

 

 

 

 

 

Keywords: Matthew 28:19, Roman Catholic Church, Trinity, Eusebius, Nicene Creed, Council of Nicea, Ignatius of Antioch, Iraneus, Cyprian, Origen,

categories: recommended to add (Bible translation question)(bible inspiration & credibilty) [creating a category on Baptism could be good if have many questions on the topic]



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