By Chris onayinka
“I declare this program open in the name of the father ,in the name of the son and in the name of the Holy Ghost “.
I suppose you must have heard this pronouncement made by both clergy and laity .
But where did we draw this commentary or quote from
I suspect its in the controversial text in Matthews gospel
Matthew 28:19 KJV
 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Asides this place ,we find no other place where such a reference is made .
Quickly ,this is no debate about the trinity by any stretch of imagination .
The writer doesn’t argue at all against the concept of trinity
That said .
The above text apart from being severally controverted in well tested original manuscripts has no semblance of frequency of mention elsewhere .
I will leave the originality or otherwise of the text ( I suppose I will wait till I gain scholarly weight to put forth a translation which I am already on) out of this piece but rather face how doctrinally sound the usage of this text is .
As a ground rule there are rules for a doctrinal submission .
It must be well corroborated .
Jesus used this rule in asserting judging others.
Matthew 18:16 KJV
 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.
Same as paul
1 Corinthians 14:27 KJV
 If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.
2 Corinthians 13:1 KJV
 This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.
Same issues of judging matters
1 Timothy 5:19 KJV
 Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses.
Judging an elder.
Two or three or more .
The phrase ” name of the father son and Holyghost “fails this simple test.
Furthermore ,if we apply the rule of emphatic mention as in the case of Paul’s discussion of tongues in 1corinthians14 and resurrection in Corinthians 15, it will yet fail
Again we can cross reference by examining the term ” name of or in the name ” in the last words of Jesus just like Mathew 28
We have mark ,Luke ,john .
Mark 16:17 KJV
 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
In my name not our name or father son and spirit .
Luke 24:47 KJV
 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
Name of Jesus .
John 20:31 KJV
 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
His name ,this is a quote from john .
Other references within the four gospels also buttress this
Luke 9:49 KJV
 And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us.
Luke 10:17 KJV
 And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.
John 14:13-14 KJV
 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
Ask in my name .
The name of Jesus
This refers to works
John 14:26 KJV
 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.
The spirit is given in the name of Jesus .
He is sent to glorify the name of Jesus
John 16:13-14 KJV
 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
He assumes the status “spirit of the Son “in redemption .
John 16:23-24 KJV
 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.
 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
Prayer is in the name of Jesus .
Name means authority and account of ,
The father has given all authority to the son .
John 5:20,22-23 KJV
 For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.
22] For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:
 That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.
He has been bestowed all the rights and privileges in redemption .
Hence the father is referred as His father and ours by identification in Him
He is called the Son and we are sons .
Ephesians 1:3,17 KJV
 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
The Spirit is His too.The Son.
Romans 8:14-16 KJV
 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
Adoption means placed as Sons.
He is called the spirit of the Son .
The Holy Ghost .
Galatians 4:5-6 KJV
 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
In redemption all rights and privileges are in the Son.Christ,Jesus .
All authority is in the Son .
1 Corinthians 15:24-28 KJV
 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.
25] For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.
26] The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
27] For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted which did put all things under him.
 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.
All authority has been bestowed on christ Jesus ,
His is the kingdom and surely the name .
Philippians 2:9-10 KJV
 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:  That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
Above every name .
In Christ .
The Godhead is found in Him
Colossians 2:9 KJV
 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
It’s worthy of note that the term ” Father,Son and Holyghost ” is not in anywhere else in the scriptures as a reference or mention
Some quote 1 john 5:7 in kjv
1 John 5:7 KJV
 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
Textually and contextually ,it’s out of sorts .
New kjv carefully italicized this as it’s not original .
Why the fuss some might wonder ?
Well if its not so taught in scriptures it becomes dangerous to become a practice .
Such terms have initiated false practices ,I once heard someone teach ” names of the father ” and a series on names of the spirit !
Not just heretic ,it’s poor appreciation of scriptures .
Back to Mathews account again
Notice the pretext of verse 19 seems contradictory
Matthew 28:18,20 KJV
 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
All authority given to me not us .
20] Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Things I commanded you ,I am with you .
The center point of redemption is Christ !
A cursory look at the book of acts is the same
Acts 2:38 KJV
 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.
Acts 3:6 KJV
 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.
Acts 4:12 KJV
 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Acts 4:18 KJV
 And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.
Acts 4:30 KJV
 By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.
Acts 5:40 KJV
 And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them , they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.
Acts 8:12 KJV
 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
Acts 9:15-16 KJV
 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:  For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.
Acts 10:43 KJV
 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.
Acts 15:26 KJV
 Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Acts 19:5 KJV
 When they heard this , they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Acts 19:13,17 KJV
 Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.
17] And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.
Acts 21:13 KJV
 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.
No apostle or disciple in the book of acts used the term ‘ name of the father son and Holyghost ”
It’s improper and makes the believer go astray ,away from the work of redemption and why we use the name of Jesus !
This refers to what happened to a man at the resurrection not to God
The authority is mans ,
Jesus is a man ,God who became a man and in his humanity he died and rose again and was given authority .
This is an inheritance today
Ephesians 1:21-23 KJV
 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
It’s his church’s now ,His body ,
Hence ALL the apostles emphasized the name of Jesus in ALL the epistles
A few examples
Romans 1:5 KJV
 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:
1 John 2:12 KJV
 I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake.
1 John 5:10 KJV
 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.
It’s obvious where every the term ” in the name of the father ,son and Holy Ghost ” emanated from is not in consonance with the body of scriptures .
We pray in the name of Jesus
Minister in His name
Gather in His name
1 Corinthians 5:4 KJV
 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,
He rose from the dead and in our stead ,He thus obtained .
The name of the church .
His body .
Not father son and Holy Ghost but Jesus and by identification ,the body of christ !
Hope this is clear ?
Have a blessed weekend ahead
I call you blessed
Jesus is lord ,we win