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Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
“One Baptism”

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Ephesians 4:1–6

From the Confessions

The Nicene Creed: “I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins.”

Pulling It Together

The “one baptism” into which we are baptized is Christ's baptism. His baptism is our own; it is why he was baptized: to fulfill all righteousness—even ours. Jesus was not baptized for his own benefit; he was baptized for our sake. Because we were baptized into Christ Jesus, we were baptized into his death (Rom 6:3). This is how we are now dead to sin. Just as Jesus brought the sin of the world to bear on the cross, he brought the sin of every sinner to the water. He did not bring his own sin to the Jordan, for he was sinless. Jesus bore your sin and mine and the sin of every sinner who has lived and will ever live, and washed it away in baptism. Whoever believes in Jesus and is baptized into his death has this remission of sins. For that was the purpose of his baptism. Therefore, we confess that the baptism of Christ into which we are baptized is the only baptism of any effect on sins.

Prayer: Lord, help me always remember that I am baptized into your death and am therefore alive with you forever. Amen.

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Learning About Baptism teaches the meaning of Holy Baptism according to the pattern of Luther's Small Catechism, and is recommended for the First Grade Level. Each week focuses on a specific Bible story which illustrates the theme, with additional references from Scripture and Luther's Small Catechism - Children's Version. Lessons focus on Baptism as a promise from God, emphasizing the power of God's Word in the Sacrament to create faith and repentance in our daily life.


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