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Sep 2011

The Nicene Creed

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.



Matt Bristol

September 7 2011 Reply

Dear Shelby

Thanks for publishing this. It has been a while since I read it. I will be interested to hear the exposition on the belief in “one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.” It sounds like the modern belief of the Roman Catholic Church and even some Protestant groups that baptism is itself salvific. On the other hand, I could read it to mean that baptism of the Holy Spirit that attends conversion-or water baptism in obedience to Christ’s command as evidence of a saving faith graciously and previously granted by a loving God.


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