Ancient Advent Meditation #8 – The Nicene Creed

Brief Introduction to the Nicene Creed and its importance:

The Nicene Creed perhaps stands as the most used creed by various church bodies the world over and is, along with the Apostle’s Creed, the most comprehensive and succinct summary of Christian doctrine outside the inerrant Prophetic and Apostolic scriptures.  The Nicene Creed is so named because of its connection with the famed Council of Nicaea of 325 A.D which labored and denounced the Arian heresy that denied Christ’s Deity.

The reader will notice that three fundamental doctrines under gird this decisively Trinitarian confession: The Oneness of God’s existence (Monotheism) shown through the Deity of the Person of the Father, the Deity of the Person of the Son who shares in the Divine nature with the Father and of course the Deity of the Person of the Holy Spirit who shares in the One Divine essence with the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit’s Deity and activities were expressed more fully in the second great Church Council of Constantinople in 381 A.D, thus adding further to the Creed’s contents.

In addition to its affirmation of the Trinity, the Creed’s statements on the Person of the Son affirms His dual nature as fully God in Eternal unity with the Father and fully man in terms of the beginning of His incarnation, by the Holy Spirit’s Agency, in sharing such humanity through the virgin birth.  In the version of the Creed below I will include a couple of end notes at the end in regards to translation and interpretation for those readers who are interested.  May the reader be blessed this glorious advent day and read the creed below as we close out this series that we have entitled: Ancient Advent Meditations. Happy Advent everyone!

The Nicene Creed

Note to Reader: This blogger gleaned the text below from the following link: http://www.sacred-texts.com/chr/nicene.htm

“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 [1] and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins [2]; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.”

Endnotes:

[1] The word “catholic” here is not in reference to the Roman Catholic Church, being that the creed predates the later development of the RCC.  Rather the word is an English transliteration of the original Greek word “katholikos” meaning “universal, general”.

[2] This phrase is taken straight from Acts 2:38.  This blogger looks at the entire contexts of the Acts passage, which as God’s Word alone is inerrant and infallible and thus stands in position to give us the meaning of the Creed’s wording.  Acts 2:38, contrary to some Christian bodies, is not teaching baptismal regeneration.  Rather the whole of Acts 2:38-41 must be read to arrive at the correct understanding.  What is that interpretation? The people on the day of Peter’s inaugural Pentecost sermon in Acts 2:41 “received the Word”, that is they relied by grace through faith on the Gospel preached.  Next Acts 2:41 states “were baptized”.  The response to Peter’s sermon, as well as the “many other words” spoken of in Acts 2:40 suggest Peter giving instruction to the listeners on what the proper response would had looked like.  How the people understood Peter’s sermon and instruction is evidenced in their response: the baptism followed their New birth experience, rather than being the cause of it.  Then finally, in Acts 2:41, we read that 3,000 souls were added to the church that day, indicating that as a result of the believers being baptized, they were added to the church rolls.

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About pastormahlon

By the grace of God I was converted to saving faith in Jesus Christ at the age of 10 and called into the Gospel ministry by age 17. Through the Lord's grace I completed a Bachelors in Bible at Lancaster Bible College in 1996 and have been married to my beautiful wife since that same year. We have been blessed with four children, ranging from 7-18 years of age. In 2002 the Lord enabled me to complete a Master of Arts in Christian Thought at Biblical Theological Seminary, Hatfield PA. For nearly 25 years I have been preaching and teaching God's Word and have been studying the original languages since 1994. In 2016 God called my family and me to move to begin a pastorate at a wonderful Southern Baptist Congregation here in Northern New York.
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