The Nicene Creed is a clear summary and confession of what we believe about the God of the Bible, who is three-in-one—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It reminds us what the Bible teaches about who God is and what he has done for us.
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A creed is a statement that a group uses to explain and uphold its core beliefs.
There’s an old creed that you might find hidden in some dusty books if you wandered into a church, but you may be surprised to hear that it is still read aloud there, and in countless other churches of all sorts around the globe. We call it the Nicene Creed.
It’s a statement about God and what the Bible teaches about him. Here are four things to know about the Nicene Creed:
1. The Nicene Creed is also known as the “Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed.”
2. The Nicene Creed is very similar to the Apostles’ Creed.
3. The Nicene Creed is a formal statement defending certain beliefs about God.
4. The Nicene Creed is world famous!
This creed is the most widely accepted and used formal statement of Christian beliefs in the world. It’s a unifying statement of our fundamental belief about God based on his own Word, the Bible, for many Christian denominations.
Many church traditions recite the Nicene Creed during Sunday worship services, special events (like baptisms), and special holidays (like Easter).
The original authors’ goal in writing the creed was to promote knowledge of the one, true, Triune God of the Bible. They wanted such knowledge to move their readers to worship him.
The Nicene Creed is anything but . . .
The Importance of One Letter for the Nicene Creed
But for us, there is one God, the Father,
by whom all things were created,
and for whom we live.
And there is one Lord, Jesus Christ,
through whom all things were created,
and through whom we live.
So also Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him, “You are my Son, today I have begotten you.”
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For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time.
I and the Father
“You do not want to leave too, do you?”
Jesus asked the Twelve.
Simon Peter answered him,
“Lord, to whom shall we go?
You have the words of eternal life.
We have come to believe and to know
that you are the holy one of God."
Whoever believes in him is not condemned,
but whoever does not believe is condemned already,
because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
Question: What do you believe when you say, “I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth”?
Answer: That the eternal Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who out of nothing created heaven and earth and everything in them, who still upholds and rules them by his eternal counsel and providence, is my God and Father because of Christ the Son.
I trust God so much that I do not doubt he will provide whatever I need for body and soul, and will turn to my good whatever adversity he sends upon me in this sad world.
God is able to do this because he is Almighty God and desires to do this because he is a faithful Father.
And the Word became flesh
and dwelt among us,
and we have seen his glory,
glory as of the only Son from the Father,
full of grace and truth.