“…baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,”
Part of the process of making disciples is bringing them into God. Disciple-making is taking a person and continually placing Him inside the Triune God. Each Person in the Trinity of the One God has unique functions and responsibilities, and we cannot effectively live the life of God without accepting, embracing and permitting all the aspects of God to function in our lives. The baptism into the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, is baptizing the disciple into God Himself.
We must never see baptism as merely a ritual to be performed. Baptism is a spiritual initiation into the life of God. No disciple is complete until the outworking of each of the Persons of God is manifesting in his life. The cleansing and atoning work of Jesus must be accompanied by the life-giving power of the Holy Spirit; which leads to experiencing the Fatherhood of God. Imagine a disciple of Jesus without the assurance of forgiveness or without the resurrection power of God within Him, or without the confidence that he is a full-fledged member of God’s family. As disciple-makers, we should deliberately help each disciple “enter into and be submerged in” the Persons and Ministries of the Triune God. That’s what this whole baptism is about. It’s not just a tradition; it’s a life-giving transaction.
“O Eternal God, I thank You for baptizing me into Yourself, and through this, I am fully in You and You in me. As I walk with new disciples, please work through me to initiate them into this life of God. I ask this through Jesus Christ. Amen.”