Interactive Nicene Creed

Constantine-and-NiceaThe Nicene Creed is a Christian statement of faith accepted by the Roman CatholicEastern OrthodoxAnglican, and most Protestant churches. It gets its name from the First Council of Nicaea (325 A.D.), where it was initially adopted, and from the First Council of Constantinople (381 A.D.), where a revised version was accepted. Thus it may be referred to specifically as the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed to distinguish it from the original 325 A.D. version.

The original Nicene Creed adopted in 325 ended just after the words, “We believe in the Holy Spirit…” Content was added at the First Ecumenical Council of Constantinople in 381 A.D.; hence the name “Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed”, which refers to the modified or updated creed. The Third Ecumenical Council in Ephesus (431 A.D.) reaffirmed the creed in this form and explicitly forbade making additional revisions to it.

There have been other subsequent creeds formulated to guard against perceived heresy, but this one, as revised in 381 A.D., was the last time both the Western (Catholic) and Eastern (Orthodox) churches were in united agreement on a Credo. This creed is not to be confused with the later Athanasian Creed.

The Creed is traditionally confessed each Lord’s Day where the Sacrament of the Altar is received. This Creed, the “symbol of faith” and confessed in many of the services of the Church is also known as the ‘Pisteuo’ (I Believe). The Pisteuo contains all of the dogmatic (doctrinal) truths of our Church that summarize everything the Scriptures teach that are necessary for our salvation. We confess this creed because it confesses the truth given in the Holy Scriptures.

The Nicene Creed

I believe in one God, Rm 10:10; Deut 6:4 (Mk 12:29); James 2:19
     the Father Almighty, Mt 6:9; Ex 6:3
     maker of heaven and earth Gen 1:1; Jn 1:1; Acts 14:15
          and of all things visible and invisible. Col 1:15-16; Hebrews 11:1-3

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, Romans 10:9; 1 Cor 8:6; Rev 17:14; Mt 23:8-10
     the only-begotten Son of God, Jn 3:16,18; Mt 16:16; Rom 1:3; Ps 89:27-28; Jn 1:18; 2 Pet 1:17
     begotten of His Father before all worlds, Jn 1:2,14; Col 1:15-17; 1 Jn 5:1
     God of God, Light of Light, Jn 17:22; Jn 8:12; Jn 1:1,9; 2 Cor 4:6; 1 Jn 1:5-7
     very God of very God, Col 2:9; Jn 20:28; Jn 18:4-8
     begotten, not made, Jn 1:2
     being of one substance with the Father, John 10:30; 2 Cor 4:3-5
     by whom all things were made; Hebrews 1:2-4; Jn 1:1-5; Jn 17:5
     who for us men and for our salvation 1 Timothy 2:4; Romans 3:23; Eph 1:3-4
     came down from heaven John 6:41; Luke 15:20
     and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary Lk 1:34-35; Mt 1:20-23; 1 Jn 1:1-4
     and was made man; Jn 1:14
     and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. Mk 15:25; Jn 19:16-18; 1 Cor 1:22-24; 1 Cor 2:2; Gal 2:19-20; Gal 6:14; Mt. 16:24; Lk 9:23; Lk 14:27; 1 Cor 1:17
     He suffered and was buried. John 19:1-3; Luke 23:53
     [Apostles’ Creed: He descended into hell.] 1 Pet 3:19; 1 Pet 4:6; Lk 1:78-79; Eph 4:8-10; Phil 2:10
     And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures 1 Cor 15:3-8; Lk 24:6; Phil 2:5-11; Col 2:17-20; Col 2:9-15; Rom 6:5-11
          and ascended into heaven Acts 1:9; Lk 24:5-53
     and sits at the right hand of the Father. Acts 7:55; Heb 12:2
     And He will come again with glory Mt 16:27; Mt 24:30-31; Mt 26:64
     to judge both the living and the dead, Acts 10:42; Matthew 3:12
     whose kingdom will have no end. 2 Peter 1:11

And I believe in the Holy Spirit, John 14:16-17,26; Gen 1:2; Acts 2:38
     the Lord and giver of life, Genesis 1:2; John 3:6; Gen 2:7; Gen 6:3
     who proceeds from the Father and the Son, John 15:26; John 20:21-23
     who with the Father and the Son together
          is worshiped and glorified, Matthew 3:16-17; Luke 2:14; 1 John 5:6
     who spoke by the prophets. Ezekiel 11:5; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Eph 1:22-23; Rom 1:5; 1 Cor 15:3
     And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church, 1 Peter 2:5,9; Ephesians 2:19-22; Rom 11:16
     I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins, Mt 28:19-20; Col 1:13-14; Eph 4:4-6; Acts 2:38
     and I look for the resurrection of the dead 1 Cor 15:35-49; 1 Thess 4:13-18; Phil 3:20-21
     and the life + of the world to come. Mk 10:29-30; Mt 10:40-42; 1 Jn 1:24-25; Jn 17:1-3
     Amen. Psalm 106:48

Sources: Theopedia; Wikipedia