Where the Apostles Baptized in Jesus’ Name?

shutterstock_9830554Alexander Campbell made famous this nineteenth-century expression: “Where the Scriptures speak, we speak; where the Scriptures are silent, we are silent.” Basically he was saying that a teaching cannot be said to be “biblical” if is has no Bible verses for its evidence. With this in mind, there are three scriptural evidences that prove the Apostles of Jesus’ generation were baptized as commanded in Acts 2:38.

The Apostles’ Words

Firstly, we have the Apostles’ words to the Jews, Samaritans, and Greeks. In these the Apostles told everyone that if they were to be saved, they must obey Acts 2:38. The following are these accounts:

  • Church at Jerusalem…3000 added by baptism after receiving the word. (Acts 2:41)
  • Church at Samaria…..Believed and were baptized, men & women. (Acts 8:12-16)
  • Church at Caesarea….Peter commanded them to be baptized (Acts 10:48)
  • Church at Philippi…….Lydia & the Philippian jailer baptized (Acts 16:14-33)
  • Church at Corinth…….Chief ruler of the synagogue, Crispus and his household. (Acts 18:8)
  • Church at Corinth……Paul preached. They believed and were rebaptized. (Acts 19:1-6)
  • Church at Galatia……Believed Paul and baptized into Christ. (Galatians 3:27)
  • Church at Colossi……They were buried with Christ in baptism. (Colossians 2:12)
  • Church at Rome……….They died to sin, and then buried in baptism. (Romans 6:1-4)

Testimony and Receiving Of The Holy Ghost

Secondly, we have the testimony accompanying the gentiles receiving of the Holy Ghost. Read carefully how these accounts are worded…

  • Acts 10:45-47… “Can anyone withhold water for baptizing”
  • Acts 11:14-17 … “when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ”
  • Acts 15:7-9… “he made no distinction between us and them”

Did you notice that these testimonies align receiving the Holy Ghost with baptism in Jesus’ name and also with believing the “word of the gospel”?

The Testimony of Jesus

Thirdly, we have the testimony of Jesus. He said everyone had to be “Born Again” of the “water” and the “Spirit” or they could not “see” or “enter” the “kingdom of God” (John 3:1-12). Furthermore, Jesus said that “all nations” were to be baptized in His name (Matthew 28:18-19), and that the whole world would believe on Him through the Apostles’ words (John 17:20). These messages found their fulfillment through what Peter and the other eleven apostles said about being Born Again in Acts 2.

Through these evidences we can infer that the apostles were baptized the same way as their message. This made them partakers of the same salvation that comes through the same gospel. After all, there is only “one gospel,” one baptism, and only one name into which all are to be baptized. If these men had not been “Born Again” according to Acts 2:38, they would have been at best hypocrites, and at worst lost souls.

Jesus said that any who believed and is baptized will be saved, but any who do not believe will be damned (Mark 16:16). I believe this promise is inclusive enough to have also included the apostles.


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2 Responses to Where the Apostles Baptized in Jesus’ Name?

  1. Don Salisbury June 23, 2017 at 3:10 pm #

    Very good discussion on baptism. Agree with all of it. The only thing I might add was that apostle Peter was given the “Keys of the Kingdon of Heaven” in Matthew 16:19. One of the first keys in obediance to the Gospel was given in Acts 2:38 in repentance and baptism

    • TK Burk
      TK Burk June 28, 2017 at 3:01 pm #

      After your question on baptism in May, I was happy to see your reply today. I hope this study answered at least some of your question concerning my views on baptism. Did you also see what I wrote in the GROW “Born Again By Faith” study? That study has a lot more info on Baptism than this one here.

      Yes, I agree with you that Peter’s ‘day of Pentecost’ message is a key opening access to God’s kingdom. Good point! Those who obey his command in Acts 2:38 receive that righteousness, peace, and joy that is promised in the Holy Ghost.

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