20. The forgiveness of sins through baptism
"And now why do you delay? Get up, be baptized, and have your sins washed away, calling on his name" (Act 22:16 NRS). The baptismal phrase "baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" (Mat 28:19b NRS) only features in Mat 28,19, but not in the narratives of baptism in the Acts and Paul's Letters. Passages that de- scribe the act of baptism in more detail only use the baptismal phrase: "in the name of Jesus Christ" (Act 2:38 NRS). (Similarly: Acts 8:16; 10:48; 19:5; Rom 6:3 and Gal 3:27.) As such, Mat 28,19 may have been added at a later date. This baptismal phase from Mat 28,19 does, however, also appear in the Didache 7.1 (Greek: διδαχή), one of the earliest church orders of Christianity (c. 150-180, others claim 80-100 AD).
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