The Nicene Creed stands as a timeless beacon of Christian faith, a declaration that echoes through centuries, uniting believers in a shared confession of fundamental beliefs. In this post, let’s discuss where the Nicene Creed came from, and what is it really for.
When Did the Nicene Creed Start?
The Nicene Creed traces its origins to the First Council of Nicaea in 325 AD, a crucial gathering of bishops convened to address theological disputes. The Nicene Creed emerged as a creedal statement affirming Christian beliefs. Its subsequent revisions, particularly the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed, solidified its place as a doctrinal cornerstone.
A Testament of Faith
Despite being crafted over a millennium ago, the Nicene Creed’s relevance endures in contemporary Christian faith. Its foundational statements continue to guide theological reflections, providing a robust framework for understanding the mysteries of the Trinity and the person of Christ. The Creed serves as a touchstone, offering believers a concise yet profound expression of their faith, a statement that transcends temporal and cultural boundaries.
The Nicene Creed
I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.
I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come agian in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets.
I believe in one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.