How did the apostles baptize?

How did Peter, the chief apostle to the Jews (Gal. 2 : 7-8) baptise? Messiah had previously said to him:

Matt, 16:19 “I will give you the Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven”.

Small wonder that many Gentile church organisations claim to have received this Key, although they are completely ignorant of what the Key really is and, certainly do not have it in their establishments?

Peter used this Key when he preached the Gospel to the Jews at Jerusalem on Shavuot (the day of Pentecost).  He offered this Spiritual Key to everyone of the listeners wishing to enter the Kingdom. They could accept this Key, or reject it and not enter..

A key can only be associated with a door, or a lock – and so the people in that day had to first come to the Door.  Peter brought them to this ‘Door’ which lead to the Kingdom, when he preached Messiah unto them, well realising that this was the Door

John 10 : 9,  Messiah speaking: “I am the Door; if anyone enters by Me, he will be saved”.

Having heard Peter’s testimony about the Crucifixion of the Saviour –

Acts 2: 14-37 “They were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles,  ‘Brethren, what shall we do?”‘

What a magnificent testimony Peter must have given under the Power of the Spirit,  for only 50 days earlier the same people probably stood amongst the shouting crowds, claiming the death of a blameless Man. Now they were “cut to the heart”,   Only weeks ago they were staunch enough to accept the guilt for His death without fear, shouting  “His blood be on us and on our children” ( Matt. 27: 25).  Now, their breath fainting and hearts palpitating,  they heard :  “By wicked hands have you slain Him?” (Acts 2:23). Murderers! Slanderers!  Fear struck them – was it beyond Redemption?  What shall we do?  If ever there was a day where guilt stood face to face with the Redeemer, it was this. Was there an answer?  Was there Forgiveness for slaying the very Saviour? More so because:

Acts 4:12 “There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other Name under heaven,  given among men by which we must be saved”.

This very Name which they despised and had Him previously stoned for,  they would now have to call upon for Forgiveness – if there were any!

It would be utterly absurd to even raise the question whether it would have been any use for them to call upon any other Name at that moment!  This one only Name,  which they had previously linked with a Man Who’s Blood they claimed, would have to be that one Name which they would now have to cry out to for forgiveness!

The very same Name which appeared upon the signboard above His Death Stake (Matt. 27: 37) and which they probably spat at on that day,  they would now have to go on their knees before,  to beg for eternal pardon!

But what is this Name? What is the “Only Name given unto men whereby they must be saved” (Acts 4:12). By what Name was Messiah known and adored, but also despised?  What Name caused brutal Roman soldiers who searched for Him, .to fall to the ground, as if struck by lightning (John 18:6,7). What Name did Peter proclaim that day in his testimony of the Crucifixion and in answering the stunned crowd to their question: “What shall we do?”

How many of Messiah’s professing followers today are aware that the Name ‘Jesus Christ’,  as printed in most English translations of the Bible, is not the original Name whereby the Messiah was known to His countrymen, the Israelites.  Peter did not speak English – this language only came into existence many centuries later.  Which Name then, did Peter and the Israelites know the Saviour by?

This Name is YAHU’SHUAH – abbreviated to YAHSHUA,  popularly pronounced in Judaism as YESHUA or YEHOSHUA (Refer to Notes on the Sacred Names for an explanation on the use of various forms of the Sacred Names)

This is the Name which man has unwarrantedly changed by a process of progressive transliteration of the original Hebrew Name into many different languages, so that Messiah is known today:

  • to the English as ‘Jesus Christ’
  • to Italians as ‘Gesu Cristo’
  • to the Welsh as ‘lesu Grist’
  • to Hungarians as ‘Jezus Krisztusnak’
  • to Nigerians as ‘Azizos Xraist’
  • To Pakistanis (Urdu) as  “Yasu Massih “

What great embarrassment would it be to prominent men,  to have their names translated in each country they visit.  So, for instance,  Mr. Churchill, on his arrival in Germany, would be addressed as Mr. Kirchehiigel. This name will change to Mr. Kerkkoppie in South Africa – and on his arrival in Africa,  he will, no doubt, have much difficulty in recognising his name as Mr. Kerekelekgabana!!

And now Peter’s answer to that question which not only faced those stunned Jews on the Day of Shavuot,  2000 years ago,  but which each soul comes to at some or other time in their life – the moment of Truth –

“WHAT  SHALL  I  DO?”

The answer to this question reveals the Key given to Peter by the Saviour Himself,  to pass on to those wishing to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.  Down through the centuries,  many evil attempts were made to conceal this Key,  but, over the last few decades the answer started  ringing out in ever widening echoes as it became known and accepted by believers the world over.  Today,  there are thousands upon thousand of Web sites alone, proclaiming the Sacred Name, as contained in the Key-mandate – :

Acts 2:38,41 “And Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and be Baptised, every one of you, in the Name of YAHU’SHUAH Messiah for the forgiveness of your sins – and you shall receive the Gift of the Holy Spirit’… So those who received his word (the Key) were baptised and there were added that day about three thousand souls”.

These souls gladly accepted the spiritual Key to unlock the Door and so to qualify to enter into the Kingdom. There is only One Door and that Door has One Key only that fits – which is the Name of the Saviour –  YAHU’SHUAH.

The apostles baptised in the Name by which they, as Jews, knew the Saviour, viz. YAHU’SHUAH (i.e. YHVH the Saviour)

  • This is the Name they called out over the souls whom they baptised, for they spoke Hebrew!
  • This is the Name which the angel told Miriam to give her Son (Matt. 1 : 21) – she was a Jewess!
  • This is the Name which translators of the Bible translated to ‘Jesus Christ’, as we have it recorded today.
  • This is the only Name by which you can be saved (Acts 4:8-12).

But, you may ask, does this Key formula not actually contradict the Baptismal Mandate given by the Saviour in Matt. 28 :19, 20  “Baptise them in the Name of the Father and of  the Son and of the Holy Spirit?”

Would this mean that Peter acted contrary to this Command by baptising “in the Name of YAHU’SHUAH Messiah?”