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Article 8 (cont’d) We have already learned that originally this 8th article of the Nicene Creed was very short. In 325 the Council of Nicea simply confessed, “And I believe in the Holy Ghost.” In 381 the Council of Constantinople added to this article so that it read, “And I believe in the Holy Ghost, Who is Lord and Giver of life, Who proceedeth from the Father, Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified, Who spake by the prophets.” All that was added by Constantinople was designed to establish the true divinity of the Holy...

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Article 8 (cont’d.) We have already discussed most of the eighth article of the Nicene Creed. We have thus far treated the confession of the early church that the Holy Spirit is “the Lord and Giver of Life; Who proceedeth from the Father and the Son.” And we have seen that all these expressions serve to demonstrate the true divinity of the Holy Spirit. The same is true of the next phrase of this article, which we now discuss: “Who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified.”

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Article 2—And the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures;  The wording of this particular article is evidently taken from I Corinthians 15:3, 4: “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures. 

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We saw in our last article that the early Christian church was very careful to confess the fact of the resurrection of Christ. In Article 5 of the Nicene creed she confessed that Jesus Christ rose again the third day, according to the Scriptures. This she confessed over against the unbelieving world of both Jew and Gentile that emphatically denied the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. As we saw, the world even in the early history of the church had invented various theories to explain away the resurrection of Christ.

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James D. Slopsema is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Randolph, Wisconsin. After setting forth the three principal parts of the doctrine of holy baptism, the Baptism form proceeds to establish the basis for infant baptism. It does so in the following paragraphs. And although our young children do not understand these things, we may not therefore exclude them from baptism, for as they are without their knowledge, partakers of the condemnation in Adam, so are they again received unto grace in Christ; as God speaketh unto Abraham, the father of all the faithful, and therefore unto us and...

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Article 9 (cont’d.) In Article 9 of the Nicene Creed the early church confessed, “And I believe one holy catholic and apostolic church.” We find in this article the four attributes of the church—her unity or oneness, her holiness, her catholicity, and her apostolicity. We have seen however that the early church had a much different understanding of these concepts than we do today.

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Article 10—We acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins.  In this article the early church first of all acknowledged one baptism.  This confession is based on Ephesians 4:4-6: “There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, Who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” 

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Article 10 (cont’d.)  Article 10 of the Nicene Creed reads, “We acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins.”  In this article the early church acknowledged first of all the existence of one baptism. This idea we considered in our last article. The early church also connected baptism to the remission of sins. She also confessed in this article that baptism is for the remission of sins. It is this idea that we now consider.

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