Argument goes like this: There are only 4 texts used in support of this doctrine: Acts 2:38; 8:16; 10:48 and Acts 19:5 ‘”…in the name of Jesus”. The disciples did NOT say, “…In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost…” The name is singular not three. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit all have just one name. Mark 16:15-17 (also a gospel commission text) said to baptize in my name. Luke 24:47 says to preach repentance “in His name”.
In the name of Jesus in Acts -- “…In the name of Jesus” occurs 17 times in the book of Acts. The name of Jesus was used as AUTHORITY as to why the disciples did something. The Jews believed in God but the issue was Jesus! They did not believe in Jesus or the Holy Spirit Acts 18:24 – 19:7 See also Acts 19:13, 17. In all 4 texts the issue was this new Jesus man.
Miracles Acts 4:30
Casting out Demons Acts 16:18
Preaching Acts 9:27, 29
Threatened with death Acts 15:26: 21:13
The same argument applied to other uses:
The LORD also heals James 5: 14, 15; Psalm 30:2; Luke 17:15 (The leper glorified GOD)
Miracles were done by God (Not Jesus only) Acts 19:11 God wrought miracles
Devils were cast out IN THY NAME (They got the name right but something else was wrong and Jesus rejected them) Matt 7:22; 12:28 (devils cast out by the HOLY SPIRIT)
Preaching the kingdom of GOD Mk 1:14; Acts 8:14 etc., etc.
Command vs. report
Name of ?
The name of Jesus ONLY?
Baptism of the Holy Spirit
In addition, Peter was present with Christ, yet his way of baptizing was in one accord to Christ command:
Acts 2:38, 39
(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. (39) For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call."
Here we find mention of all three, just as Christ commanded:
(1) Jesus Christ - for the remission of sins.
(Matthew 26:28 Acts 10:43, Rom 3:25).
(2) Holy Ghost - the bearer of "the gift."
(I Corinthians 12:4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 28, 29, 30, Gal 5:22, 23).
(3) Lord our God - the giver of "the gift."
(James 1:17, Heb. 6:4, I Co 7:7, Rom 6:23)
Being an obedient disciple of Christ Jesus, Peter baptized his fellow Israelites in the name of Jesus Christ for the remissions of their sins, and the name of the Holy Ghost who is the bearer of "the gift", and the name of the Father (Lord our God) who giveth "every good gift and every perfect gift." - James 1:17.