Now most here consider themselves Nicene Creed believers... a dear brother here recently mentioned this in a discussion on baptism, as did I in my now closed teaching thread on baptism, so I want to rehash this. What does the Nicene Creed say?
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.
Who, for us men for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father [and the Son]; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.
And I believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen. (As per https://www.ccel.org/creeds/nicene.creed.html)
Read that last paragraph again...
And I believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Now what does the second sentence say of the last paragraph of the Nicene Creed? I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins
Now before we say, well there are many baptisms listed in scripture so which one are we talking about?
There is only one baptism in scripture that is linked with remission of sins...
Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins.
This is the only baptism in scripture that is linked with that effect. So it is clear that the Nicene Creed is focusing this baptism on water baptism. They also undoubtedly pulled this statement from Paul's scriptural creed in Ephesians 4:4-6
4 There is one body and one Spiritjust as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
Now yes, there are many baptisms listed in the New Covenant. You have the baptism of death (Luke 12:50), the baptism of the Spirit (Acts 1:4-5), and water baptism (Matthew 28:19).
Now context is everything in scripture study. What baptism is Paul speaking of here in context? Only twice in Ephesians does Paul mention baptism, first here in Ephesians 4:5, and then again in Ephesians 5:26:
Eph 5:25-26 ESV
25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,
Cleansed her (the church) by the washing of water with the word.
Clearly a reference to water baptism. You can't hash that any other way.
Those are the only two instances of baptism in Ephesians. So within the immediate context, Paul is speaking in Ephesians 4:4-6 of one baptism in water.
The Nicene Creed clearly supports the idea of water baptism for the remission of sins as Peter and the early church preached. So do you really agree with and hold to the Nicene Creed?
I understand it is just a document made by man to help explain the common faith. It is subject to error and not binding in any way. But if you say you agree with it, then do you really or just the parts that you accept and line up with YOUR UNDERSTANDING of scripture?
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