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Nicene Creed

 Historic Christian Creeds

The word "creed" comes from the Latin word "credo" and it means simply "I believe."
 Creeds are expressions of Biblical doctrine. Throughout church history the church has found it necessary to establish and embrace creedal statements to make clear the Christian faith and also to set apart truth from error, rejecting heretics and their false representations of the faith.
 Such creeds are distinguished from Scripture (i.e. the Bible) in that Scripture alone is the supreme and final authority for all matters of faith and practice, while the creeds are subordinate to Scripture.
 Historically, Christian creeds have included everything from brief affirmations, such as the earliest Christian creed found in the New Testament, which declares, "Jesus is Lord", to comprehensive summaries of New Testament doctrine, such as the Westminster Confession.
 Creedal statements attempt to show a coherent and unified understanding of the whole scope of Scripture, assuming that everything God says is coherent and not contradictory.
 Codified correctly, historic Christians creeds are useful means of learning theology and doctrine.

  The Nicene Creed: Background

The Nicene Creed was adopted in the city of Nicaea (a city in modern day Turkey) by the Council of Nicea, the first ecumenical council, which met there in A.D. 325. The creed is a statement of the faith of the early Christian church in opposition to certain heresies, especially Arianism.
 In this creed the church affirmed its belief in the deity of Jesus Christ and in the doctrine of the Trinity, seen as essential truths of the Christian faith.
 This creed goes back partially to the Council of Nicea (A.D. 325) with additions by the Council of Constantinople, the second Ecumenical Council, held in Constantinople in A.D. 381. The latter version added the section that follows the words "We believe in the Holy Spirit", speaking of the Holy Spirit as worshiped and glorified with the Father and the Son. The phrase "and the Son" (known as the "filioque") was added in A.D. 589.

The Nicene Creed

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 and 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 living and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.
 And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.
 And I believe in 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.
 * Meaning the universal Christian church of all times and all places
 

 

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