The Nicene Creed
A.D. 325 Council of Nicea
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 worlds; 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 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 quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost, 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.
The Nicene Creed was originally the result of the Council of Nicea in 325 a.d. While there are similarities between the text of the Nicene Creed and the text of the Apostles' Creed, the Nicene Creed, according to Schaff, is "more definite and explicit than the Apostles' Creed in the statement of the divinity of Christ and the Holy Ghost." (2) The Nicene Creed provided the needed clarification to combat the heresies of the Nicene age, and is useful to combat those same heresies today which invariably reoccur in differing forms.
(2) Philip Schaff, The Creeds of Christendom, Volume 1: The History of Creeds, p 24.(Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books) 1983.
- Primary Concerns:
- "catholic and apostolic church" refers to the universal church of Jesus Christ as a whole and not to those under the Roman Catholic See.
- "apostlic" refers to the general apostolic teachings not the concept of apostolic succession suggested by the Church of Rome.
- "baptism for the remission of sins" remission is often confused for regeneration, thus suggesting that it is required for salvation. Remission however infers a slightly different meaning than does regeneration.