Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Nicene Creed With Scripture References

Here is the Nicene Creed of 325 AD with scripture references. These references are not exhaustive.


We believe in one God,  (Deut 6:4, Mal 2:10, Jude 1:25)
the Father Almighty,  (1 Cor 8:6, John 17:3)
Maker of all things visible and invisible;  (Rev 4:11, Gen 1:1, Eph 3:9)

And in one Lord, Jesus Christ,  (1 Cor 8:6, Eph 4:5)
the Son of God,  (2 John 1:3, Matt 16:16)
begotten from the Father,  (Prov 8:22-31, 1 John 5:18, Heb 2:11)
only-begotten,  (John 1:14,18; 3:16,18, 1 John 4:9)
that is, from the substance of the Father,
God from God,
light from light,
true God from true God,
begotten not made,  (John 1:3,14,18)
consubstantial with the Father,  (John 1:1, 10:22-36, Heb 1:3, Rom 9:5, Col 1:15, John 14:9)
through Whom all things came into being,  (John 1:3, Heb 1:2)
things in heaven and things on earth,  (Col 1:16)
Who because of us men and because of our salvation came down,  (Luke 19:10, John 3:13)
and became incarnate,  (John 1:14)
and became man,  (Phil 2:5-8)
and suffered,  (Heb 13:12)
and rose again on the third day,  (1 Cor 15:4)
and ascended to the heavens,  (Heb 1:3, Eph 4:10)
and will come to judge the living and dead.  (Acts 10:42)

And in the Holy Spirit.  (Matt 28:19)

But as for those who say, There was when He was not,
and, Before being born He was not,
and that He came into existence out of nothing,
or who assert that the Son of God is of a different hypostasis or substance,
or created,
or is subject to alteration or change- 
these the catholic and apostolic Church anathematizes.  (1 Cor 16:22, Gal 1:8-9)


You may notice two sections don't have a lot of references at the end of every line -that's because the end section consists of condemnations of the Arian heresy, and is negative in nature (saying what is not instead of what is), and the first section is basically elaboration on what comes before and after, and so is by extension proven by the same verses.

I look forward to going through the entirety of the Creed piece by piece in coming posts, explaining the meaning of what is said and demonstrating that it constitutes not only an accurate summary of what the Bible says on these subjects (as you can hopefully already see from this alone), but that it also well represents the historic understanding of these doctrines as held by the Ante-Nicene and Nicene Church Fathers.


Grace and peace,

Andrew

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