Have You Been Deceived by Matthew 28:19?

You may recall that the King James Version of Matthew 28:19 reads as follows: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”

 

This verse is used as the basis for Christian baptism. It also supports the Trinitarian belief of many Christian groups. Many, if not most, accept the guidance of this verse because it is found in the King James Bible. This has become accepted tradition because major Christian denominations use this formula for baptism, and for the simple reason that this verse is given additional credibility by its existence in the mainstream translations.  Most Christians follow this tradition without dispute.

 

However, when one examines what the biblical scholars know about the history of this verse, the validity of the wording is not as certain. For example, there is a gap of over 300 years between when Matthew wrote his account and our earliest manuscript copies.

 

One of the earliest citations of this verse in extra biblical writings is that quoted by the early church father, Eusebius. He lived between 270 and 340 of this Common Era.  He had access to one of the greatest Christian libraries in the world.

 

A leading scholar, F.C. Conybeare, says this about what he found when he read the commentary of Eusebius on Matthew 28:19:

 

“Eusebius cites this text (Matthew 28:19) again and again in works written in between 300 and 336, namely in his long commentaries on the Psalms, on Isaiah, his Demonstrato Evangelica, his Theophany… in his famous history of the church, and in his panagyric of the emperor Constantine.  I have, after a moderate search in these works of Eusebius, found 18 citations of Matthew 28:19, and always in the following form: ‘Go ye and make disciples of all the nations in my name, teaching them to observe all things, whatsoever I commanded you.’”

 

For additional information about the validity of the King James Version of Matthew 28:19, please consider these websites as well:

 

http:// everlasting kingdom. Info/ article/127/constantine- wrote- matthew 2819- into- our- bible-html

 

http://www.trinity truth.org/matthew 28_19 added text.html

 

http://www.apostolic- voice.org/no- trinity- in- the- bible

 

http://www.glorified. com/eusebius.htm

 

In these articles, you will find scholarship that will support what F.C. Conybeare has attested to.  For example, there is a lack of Greek manuscript references that support this verse in the King James Version of Matthew 28:19. However, these articles do have other problems.  You will read them as is, but remember that the Light of YahwehShua proclaims the name of the Father as Yahweh and not g-d.  The human birth name of the Son is Yahshua and not Jesus.

 

Did Yahshua use the phrase “in my name” on other occasions?  Yes, he used it at least 17 times. These are some examples for your review:  Matthew 18:20; Mark 9:37, 39, 41; Mark 16: 17; John 14:14, 26; John 15:16 and 16:23.

 

Did the disciples ever immerse in the Trinity? Not one time is that recorded. They always immersed in His name.  For examples, please review the following verses:

Acts 2:38, 8:16, 10:48, and 19:5.

 

One other false Trinitarian verse is found in the King James Version of 1 John 5:7-8:  “For there are three that bear witness in heaven:  the Father, the Word and the Holy Ghost:  and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the spirit, the water, and the blood:  and these three agree in one.”

 

A search of references regarding these verses revealed this quote from scholar, Daniel B. Wallace PhD:

 

“This [altered] reading [in 1 John] is found only in late manuscripts, four of which have the words in a marginal note. Most of these manuscripts (2318, 221, and (with minor variations) 61, 88, 429, 629, 636, and 918) originate from the 16th century; the earliest manuscript, codex 221 (10th-century), includes the reading in a marginal note, which was added sometime after the original composition.  Thus, there is no sure evidence of this reading in any Greek manuscript until the 1500s; each such reading was apparently composed after Erasmus’ Greek New Testament was published in 1516. Indeed, the reading appears in no Greek witness of any kind (either manuscript, patristic, or Greek translation of some other version) until AD 1215 (in a Greek translation of the Acts of the Lateran Council, a work originally written in Latin). This is all the more significant, since many a Greek Father would have loved such a reading, for it so succinctly affirms the doctrine of the Trinity.  The reading seems to have arisen in a fourth century Latin homily in which the text was allegorized to refer to members of the Trinity.  From there, it made its way into copies of the Latin Vulgate, the text used by the Roman Catholic Church.”

 

Should you examine the more recent translations such as Rotherham, the Diaglott or the NIV, you will find 1 John 5:7-8 in this form:  “For there are three which testify; the Spirit, and the water, and the blood; and the three are one.”

 

These verses as found in the King James Version are examples of “fake news.”  There is truly nothing new under the sun.

 

According to Deuteronomy 29:20, he who dies in sin has their name blotted out. There is only one human who died in sin and that was the Messiah Yahshua. (1 John 1: 7) This is why we are told in Hebrews 1:4 that the Messiah inherited a more excellent name.  What is that more excellent name?  That name is Yahweh! (Psalm 148:13)  Messiah could not use his human name when he appeared before Yahweh, the Father, because absorbing all the sin of the world defiled that name.

 

Baptism in the triune declaration is not valid.  Baptism in any name other than the inherited name, YahwehShua, is also not valid. Immersion (baptism) is only the first part of a valid baptism. The second is to have hands laid upon you by an elder in YahwehShua. (Acts 8:17-18)

 

If you have been baptized in any other name than YahwehShua, what do you do? Paul gives us an example of what to do in Acts 19: 1-6. It is recorded that Paul encountered 12 men who had been baptized only in the manner that John the Baptist baptized. He therefore immersed them in the name of YahwehShua and then followed this with the laying on of hands. It was following this that the Holy Spirit came upon them.

 

Please note two problems with this passage. First is the word ghost. The Greek is pneuma or spirit.  This should read as Holy Spirit not Holy Ghost. Second, we are informed that Paul baptized in the name of Jesus. This cannot be true. Messiah had a Hebrew name and there is no “J” in Greek or Hebrew. Most significant is that, according to Deuteronomy 29:20, the Messiah’s human name was already blotted out when Paul performed this baptism. The name Paul would have had to use was YahwehShua.

 

Yahweh’s word is clear once you have a valid translation. Remember, in Luke 11:52 when Messiah said to the Pharisees:  “Woe unto you, lawyers!  For ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.”

 

The Messiah would have the same message today to all those who profess the triune formula for baptism or use any other name than his inherited name, YahwehShua. This is why only 144,000 saints are resurrected when Messiah returns.  Satan has almost successfully deceived the whole world. (Revelation 12:9)  Only a few saints have been given the truth and will successfully overcome into the better resurrection. (Hebrews 11:35)

 

Do you wish to be one of the few? Pray to Yahweh for truth. Study our website and contact our elders for guidance in pursuing the key of knowledge and a valid baptism.

 

May Yahweh call you into all His truth.