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Nicene Creed

The Nicene Creed is a basic statement of faith and Christian belief. It was designed to fight Heresies that were creeping into the Church. The Arian Heresy in particular. It establishes the Eternal Nature of Jesus Christ and his Godhood, as well as stating other accepted and essential truths of the Faith.

It was originally Written at the Council of Nicaea in 325 A.D. The Original Version Reads as Follows:

We believe in one Godthe Father Almighty, Maker of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, begotten of the Father the only-begotten; that is, of the essence of the Father, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; By whom all things were made both in heaven and on earth;

Who for us men, and for our salvation, came down and was incarnate and was made man; He suffered, and the third day he rose again, ascended into heaven; From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

And in the Holy Ghost.

But those who say: ‘There was a time when he was not;’ and ‘He was not before he was made;’ and ‘He was made out of nothing,’ or ‘He is of another substance’ or ‘essence,’ or ‘The Son of God is created,’ or ‘changeable,’ or ‘alterable’— they are condemned by the holy catholic and apostolic Church.

In 381 at a conference in Constantinople the Nicene Creed was revised to provide more Clarity. In this form it is more recognizable to the modern reader.

The 381 Version of the Nicene Creed:

We 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, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, consubstantial 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 Ghost and of the Virgin Mary, and was made man; he was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered, and was buried, and the third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heavenand sitteth on the right hand of the Father; from thence he shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.

And in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of life, who proceedeth from the Father, who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified, who spake by the prophets.

In one holy catholic and apostolic Church; we acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; we look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

There are minor Variations based on translation and which church. Some Eastern Churches say “I believe” rather than “we believe” but they are substantially the same.

I researched this information and sourced the wording from The Creeds of Christendom by Philip Schaff. It is a 3 Volume set originally published in 1876. The Kindle Version was very affordable on Amazon.

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By Gene

Gene is a Pastor, Farmer, and Private Investigator. He loves reading, history, and playing board games. He is happily Married to Dineen and they have 6 Boys.

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