Paul, the apostle, exhorts us to watch our life and doctrine closely.
I Timothy 4: 16 “Persevere in them because if you do you will save both yourself and the hearer.”
Again Paul encourages us to hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it (Titus 1:9).
From ancient times the Apostles’ Creed and other creeds of the Christian faith have been of great assistance to the church in obeying it’s mission and vision.
The Apostles creed and the Nicene creeds present concise teaching and consecutive order the doctrine of the Christian faith.
The Creeds present a concise teaching and consecutive order of the doctrine of the Christian faith.
THE APOSTLES CREED
The Old Roman Creed
From Epiphanies, IXXII, 3 (p;G XIII 3g5 D).
The creed of Marcellus, Bishop of Ancyra, delivered to Julius, Bishop of Rome, c.340. Marcellus had been exiled from his diocese through Arian influence and spent nearly two years at Rome. On departing he left this statement of his belief:
I believe in God almighty (ref. the Father almighty)
And in Christ Jesus, his only son, our Lord Who was born of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary Who was crucified under Pontius Pilate and was buried And the third day rose from the dead Who ascended into Heaven And sitteth on the right hand of the Father
Whence He cometh to judge the living and the dead And in the Holy Ghost The holy church The remission of sins The resurrection of the flesh The life everlasting.
A GALACIAN CREED
“of the Sixth Century”
I believe in God the Father Almighty I also believe in Jesus Christ his only son, our Lord Conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary Suffered under Pontius Pilate, crucified, dead and buried; he descended into hell
Rose again the third day Ascended into heaven Sat down at the right hand of the Father Thence he is to come to judge the living and the dead I believe in the Holy Ghost The Holy Catholic Church the communion of saints The remission of sins The resurrection of the flesh and life eternal.
THE NICENE CREED
The Creed of Caesarea
At the council of Nicaea (325), Eu sebius of Caesarea, the historian, suggested the adoption of the creed of own church.
We believe in one God, the Father of all
Sovereign, the maker of all things visible and invisible And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Word of God, God of God, Light of Light, Life of Life, Son only – begotten Firstborn of all creation, begotten of the Father before the ages Through whom also all things were made
Who was made flesh for our salvation and lived among men And suffered, and rose again on the third day And ascended to the Father And shall come again in glory to judge the living and the dead We believe also in one Holy Spirit
THE CREED OF NICEA
Eusebius’ creed was orthodox, but it did not deal explicitly with the Arian position. It was taken as a base, and put forward by the council in this revised form (additions and alterations in italic type).
We believe in one God the Father all – sovereign
Maker of all things visible an invisible And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God Begotten of the Father Only begotten, that is the substance of the Father God of God, Light of Light, true God of true God Begotten not made, of one substance with the Father Through whom all things were made Things in heaven and things on the earth Who for us m en and for our salvation came down And was made flesh and became man Suffered and rose on the third day, ascended into the heavens Is coming to judge the living and the dead And in the Holy Spirit
And those that say “There was when he was not, ” and “Before he was begot was not, and that, “He came into being from what is not”, or those that allege, the Son of God is “of another substance or essence”, or “changeable”, “alterable”, these the Catholic and Apostolic Church anathematizes. The Nicene Creed
Found in Epihpanius, Ancoratus, 118, c. A.D. 314, and extracted by scholards, word for word from the Catechetical Lectures of S. Cyril of Jerusalem; read approved at Chalcedon, 451. Hence often called the Contstantinopolitan or Nicaeno – Constantinopo litan creed, and thought by many to be a revision of the creed of Jerusalem held by Cyril.
We believe in one God the Father All – Sovereign, maker of heaven and earth, and of things visible and invisible And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only – begotten So n of God
Begotten of the Father before all the ages
Light of Light, true God of true God Begotten not made, of one substance with the Father, through whom all things were made Who for us men and our salvation came down from the heavens And was made fl esh of the Holy Spirit the Virgin Mary And became man, and was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate Suffered and, was buried, and rose again on the third day according to the Scriptures
Ascended into the heavens, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father And cometh with glory to judge the living and the dead, of whose kingdom there shall be no end And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and the Life – giver, that proceedeth from the Father who with Father And Son is worshipped together and glorified together, who spoke through the prophets In one holy Catholic and Apostolic Church
We acknowledge one baptism unto remission of sins We look for a resurrection of dead, and the life of the age to come.