I am currently teaching a class on Creeds and Confessions from the church of the past. The last two weeks, we covered the Apostle’s and Nicene Creeds. When you look at these ancient belief statements, especially at the latter, you witness a brilliance of faith, thought, creativity and beauty. There are multiple threads of language that connect many themes.
Here is the translation I am using:
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God. begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation, he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became truly human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.Nicene Creed (4th Century)
Look for the multiple ways the paragraphs (Father, Son, & Holy Spirit) are connected. Look for what it says about the Old and New Testaments, and how past, present, & future are tied together. Astounding!