nicenecreed

The Nicene
Creed

Introduction

This Creed
was especially written in response to the heresy of Arianism, which arose
during the 4th century. Its teachings destroyed the doctrine of the Trinity
and of the Deity of Christ, saying that the Father alone was the eternal
God, while the Son was a created being. Therefore, there is one God, the
Father, who created a Son (a familiar teaching in our day by the Jehovah’s
Witnesses). Both the Eastern and the Western Church confess this Creed,
but with one important difference. The West insisted on the inclusion
of the phrase “and the Son” (Latin filioque) in discussing the
procession of the Holy Spirit; but the East rejects this phrase. The inclusion
of this phrase is important as it protects the consubstantiality of the
Holy Spirit with the Father and the Son; without it the heresy of subordinationism
creeps into the doctrine of the Trinity. In its present form this Creed
is the creed of the Council of Nicea (325 A.D.), but the addition of the
articles on the Holy Spirit from the Council of Constantinople (381 A.D.)
form this majestic 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 ages; 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 worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.

And
I believe 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.”