Matthew 28:19-20 [NKJV] 19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, i am with you always, even to the end of the age"
The earliest formula of baptism seems to have been:
“in the name of Yahshua“
(see Acts 2:38; 8:16; 10:48; 19:5; 22:16; Romans 6:3; 1 Corinthians 1:12-15; 6:11; Galatians 3:27; Hebrews 1:13)
Eusebius (early Church Father) cites this text in works written between 300-336 AD as many as 18 times. He cites it as “Go ye, make disciples of all nations in My name”. He uses this form until he attends the Council of Nicea.
According to Canney’s Encyclopedia of Religion, the early Church baptised in the name of Yahshua until the 2nd century.
The Encyclopedia Britannica agrees to state that baptism was changed from ‘in the name of Yahshua’ to ‘in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in the 2nd century.
The Encyclopedia Of Religion and Ethics notes that baptism was always performed ‘in the name of Yahshua’ until the time of Justin Martyr (AD 100-ca. 165).
Matthew 28:19-20 (could read): 19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations in my name, 20 teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you and behold I am with you all the days until the completion of the age. Amen"
Ancient Hebrew Matthew reads:
Ancient Hebrew Matthew 28:19 19 “Go and teach them to carry out all the things that I have commanded you-forever”. (“the things that I have commanded you" refers to the Father's commands, the Torah).
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