by H. Witmyer
Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge:
One thing that a Christian doesn’t like to hear is that there is a
error in the scriptures. There seems to be a big error between
two scriptures, but is this really true? Let’s look at these
seemingly conflicting passages.
JESUS GIVES A COMMAND
In several of the Gospels, Jesus gives His parting words to His
disciples as He leaves this earth.
Matthew 28: 18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying,
All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the
name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and
preach the gospel to every creature.
16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that
believeth not shall be damned.
Luke 24:47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be
preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
48 And ye are witnesses of these things.
49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but
tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power
from on high.
Here Jesus told His disciples to go into the whole world and
baptize in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy
DID THE DISCIPLES DISOBEY?
What did the disciples do when they first started baptizing
people at the beginning of the Church?
Acts 2:38 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 8:16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they
were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)
Acts 19:5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name
of the Lord Jesus.
It seems tht the disciples disobeyed Jesus by baptizing people
in Jesus name when He told them to baptize in the name of the
Father, and the son, and of the Holy Ghost. Is this a error in the
scriptures? Did Jesus tell the disciples wrong? Did the disciples
get the message wrong? What is going on here?
There is no error, the disciples did just what Jesus told them to
do. They understood what Jesus was telling them. We must be
sure we have the facts about a matter right. Look at the
John 7:46 The officers answered, Never man spake like this man.
47 Then answered them the Pharisees, Are ye also deceived?
48 Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on him?
49 But this people who knoweth not the law are cursed.
50 Nicodemus saith unto them, (he that came to Jesus by night,
being one of them,)
51 Doth our law judge any man, before it hear him, and know
what he doeth?
52 They answered and said unto him, Art thou also of Galilee?
Search, and look: for out of Galilee ariseth no prophet.
The Pharisees were right that there was no prophet of Galilee.
What they didn’t know was He wasn’t born there but in
Bethlehem. Not knowing the true facts can cause us to make a
wrong judgment just like the Pharisees did.
THE DISCIPLES KNEW
Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is
none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we
must be saved.
Ephesians 1:20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him
from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly
21 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:
22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the
head over all things to the church,
23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
John 5:43 I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me
not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.
Hebrews 1:4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he
hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
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
Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and
the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall
be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The
everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
The disciples knew that God had taken His name (the name
above every name) and given it to His Son. The name of God is
Jesus, so the name (One name) of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost
is Jesus. If this is not true than We do have a error, a
contradiction in the scriptures.
A ERROR IN THE SCRIPTURES?