Colossians 3:17 (Misinterpreted Scriptures)


And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

Misinterpretation: This Scripture is used to teach that baptism in the Name of Jesus is necessary. The logic is that we are supposed to do everything in the Name of Jesus, and everything includes baptism. UPC preachers often go on to say that Trinitarian preachers will pray in the Name of Jesus, marry in the Name of Jesus, and do many other things in the Name of Jesus, but that they will not baptize in the Name of Jesus.

Facts: First, this Scripture has nothing to do with baptism. Paul is writing about living a godly life, and he is reminding people that they need to do everything "in the name of the Lord Jesus." One could think of this as an ancient "WWJD" saying. Paul was reminding the Colossian church to always live their lives in a way that is pleasing to God (cf. Col. 3:8-17). Second, the UPC forgets that Trinitarian preachers are obeying Jesus when they baptize in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost [see my notes on Mat. 28:19].

3 thoughts on “Colossians 3:17 (Misinterpreted Scriptures)

  1. mike

    why am i here….just another “prophet” who has seen the truth and is seeking to start his own movement… Acts 3:19-23;

    Act 11:14 Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved.
    Act 11:15 And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning.
    Act 11:16 Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost.
    Act 11:17 Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God?

    Notice verse 14? It is how they were saved…you need to repent, and your rebellion is not manifesting in a beard, it is manifesting in rebellion against the word of truth…

    1. Josh (Site Admin) Post author


      No one debates that the Holy Spirit is necessary for salvation. The issue is whether or not speaking in tongues is the evidence of having received Him.In three passages (Acts 2, Acts 10, Acts 19) tongues accompanied the infilling of the Holy Spirit. That isn’t surprising, since tongues is a gift of the Spirit, and the gifts will be present wherever the Spirit is active (note how in Acts 19 prophecy was also present). There are other passages, such as Acts 8, where tongues does not accompany the infilling of the Holy Spirit.

      In Christ,
      – Josh S.

  2. nancy chiow

    Col.3:17Baptism is a deed surely not word. It is an action.It must be in his name.If jailer just believed and thats it what about repent.He was baptized one hour later.Acts2 what shall we do?REPENT,BAPTIZE IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST NOT TITLES(AWESOME)Mark16:16 I wouldn’t waste my time on other so called versions and say “probably this was not in the original.They have taken out the blood and etc. in other versions.Matt.28 does not contradict Acts2 when you know who Jesus isIsaiah9:6Everlasting Father(Jesus)SonofGod(Jesus)Holy Ghost(Jesus spirit in us)Apostles obeyed Matt.28.Revealed by alot of studying11Tim2:15.Study dropped from new versions.Matt.&Acts baptism a command and very important.

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