Great Stuff — The Nicene Creed According to Scripture

Posted by Chris Rosebrough on Letter of Marque


By Richard Gilbert




The Father

I Believe Rom. 10:9, Jas 2:19, John 14:1
In one God, Deut. 6:4, Is. 44:6
The Father Is. 63:16, 2 Pet 1:17, Matt. 6:9
Almighty, Gen. 17:1, Ps. 91:1, Rev. 4:8
Maker Job 4:17, 35:10, Is. 17:7, 54:5
of heaven Gen 1:1, 8
and earth Ps. 104:5, Jer. 51:15
and of all things Gen 1:31
visible and invisible. Ps. 89:11-12, Amos 4:13, Rev. 3:5, Col. 1:16

The Son

And in one Lord Eph. 4:5
Jesus Christ, Acts 10:36, 11:17, Rom. 1:7, 5:1, 1 Cor 1:2, 6:11, 2 Cor. 1:2, 8:9, Gal. 1:3, 6:14, Eph. 1:2, 3:11, Phil. 1:2, 3:20, Col. 1:3, 2:6, 1 Thes. 1:1, 5:9, 2 Thes. 1:1, 2:14, 1 Tim. 6:3, 14, 2 Tim. 1:2, Philemon 1:3, 25, Heb. 13:20, Jas. 1:1, 2:1, 1 Pet. 1:3, 3:15, 2 Pet. 1:8, 14, Jude 17, 21, Rev. 22:20-21
the only-begotton, John 1:18
Son of God, Matt 3:17, John 3:16
Begotten of His Father, Heb. 1:5
Before all worlds, John 1:1, Col. 1:17, 1 John 1:1
God of God, ((see below))
Light of Light,
very God of very God,
begotten, John 1:1, Heb. 1:5
Not Made, Mic. 5:2, John 1:18, 17:5
Being of one substance with the Father, John 10:30, 14:9
By whom all things were made; 1 Cor. 8:6, Col 1:16
Who for us men Matt 20:28, John 10:10
and for our salvation Matt 1:21, Luke 19:10
came down from heaven Rom. 10:6, Eph. 4:10
and was incarnate Col. 2:9
by the Holy Spirit Matt 1:18
of the Virgin Mary Luke 1:34-35
and was made man; John 1:14
and was crucified Matt. 20:19, John 19:18, Rom. 5:6, 8, 2 Cor. 13:4
also for us Rom. 5:8, 2 Cor. 5:15
under Pontius Pilate. Matt. 27:2, 26, 1 Tim 6:13
He suffered 1 Pet. 2:21, Heb. 2:10
and was buried. Mark 15:46, 1 Cor. 15:4
And the third day Matt. 27:63, 28:1, 1 Cor. 15:4
He rose again Mark 16:6, 2 Tim. 2:8
according to the Scriptures Ps. 16:10, Luke 24:25-27, 1 Cor. 15:4
and ascended Luke 24:51, Acts 1:9
Into heaven Mark 16:19, Acts 1:11
and sits at the right hand of the Father. Ps. 110:1, Matt. 26:64, Acts 7:56, Heb. 1:3
And He will come again Jn. 14:3, 1 Thes. 4:16
with glory Matt. 16:27, 24:30, 25:31, 26:64, Mark. 8:38, Col. 3:4
to judge Matt. 25:31-46, Acts 17:31
both the living and the dead, Acts 10:42, 1 Pet. 4:5
whose kingdom John 18:36, 2 Tim. 4:1, 18
will have no end. Luke 1:33, Rev. 11:15, Ps. 145:13

The Holy Spirit

And I believe in the Holy Spirit, Matt. 28:19, Acts 13:2
The Lord 2 Cor. 3:17
And giver of life, John 6:63, Rom. 7:6, 8:2, 2 Cor. 3:6
who proceeds from the father John 14:16-17
and the Son, John 15:26, Rom. 8:9, Gal. 4:6
Who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped Luke 4:8, John 4:24
and glorified John 4:24, 1 Tim. 1:17
Who spoke by the prophets. 1 Pet. 1:10-11, 2 Pet 1:21
And I believe in one 1 Cor. 10:16-17, 12:12-13
Holy Eph. 3:16-17, 5:27, 1 Pet. 2:9
Catholic 1 Cor. 1:2
and Apostolic Eph. 2:20, Rev. 21:14
Church, Acts 20:28, Eph. 1:22-23, Col. 1:24, Heb. 12:23, 1 Pet. 2:9
I acknowledge one Baptism John 3:5, Rom. 6:3, Eph. 4:5
For the remission of sins, Acts 2:38, 1 Pet. 3:21, Tit. 3:5
And I look for the resurrection of the dead 1 Thes. 4:16, 1 Cor. 15:12-13, 16, 52
And the life of the world to come. 1 Cor 15:54-57, Rev. 22:5
Amen. Ps. 41:13, 2 Cor. 1:20



NOTE: The text “God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God” was not found in the original posting; if someone has the original brochure and it’s listed there, please get the bible references to me.

About Norm Fisher

Norm was raised in the UCC in Connecticut, and like many fell away from the church after high school. With this background he saw it primarily as a service organization. On the miracle of his first child he came back to the church. On moving to Texas a few years later he found a home in Lutheranism when he was invited to a confessional church a half-hour away by our new neighbors.

He is one of those people who found a like mind in computers while in Middle School and has been programming ever since. He's responsible for many websites, including the Book of Concord,, and several other sites.

He has served the church in various positions, including financial secretary, sunday school teacher, elder, PTF board member, and choir member.

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Great Stuff — The Nicene Creed According to Scripture — 12 Comments

  1. What? No scripture reference for “proceeds from the Son”?

    I see one for SENT from the Son, but no reference for PROCEEDS from the Son?

  2. @Jeff H. #1

    My buddy, Professor Doctor David P. Scaer, once said, “I never met an Orthodox priest who didn’t need to fumigate his beard.”
    🙂 🙂 🙂

  3. Now, for extra credit in time for Trinity Sunday, can someone do the same thing with the Ananasian Creed?

  4. @Jeff H. #1
    I”m with you there. I’ve always wondered about this, it seems pretty clear to me. As much as I love Lutheran theology, it just seems the Orthodox may have a point on this one.

    I’d like to see one for the Apostle’s creed, because I heard that the line “he descended into hell” actually has as many as 17 different interpretations.

  5. @Miguel #5
    FYI–I have been told that the “he decended into hell” phrase comes from 1 Peter 3: 18-19: (Quote from the ESV) “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison”, with the prison being hell…..

  6. Jeff H. :
    What? No scripture reference for “proceeds from the Son”?
    I see one for SENT from the Son, but no reference for PROCEEDS from the Son?

    John 15:26 is included. The word translated “sent” is the same Greek word used in the creed for “proceed.”

  7. seems to me there’s a clear distinction between send and proceed….

    Christ descends to the grave (Sheol/Hades) and conquers death. He leads the OT saints captive in Abraham’s bosom with him into heaven! Alleluia! Alleluia!

    “He that was taken by death has annihilated it! He descended into Hades and took Hades captive! He embittered it when it tasted His flesh! And anticipating this, Isaiah exclaimed: “Hades was embittered when it encountered Thee in the lower regions”. It was embittered, for it was abolished! It was embittered, for it was mocked! It was embittered, for it was purged! It was embittered, for it was despoiled! It was embittered, for it was bound in chains! It took a body and came upon God! It took earth and encountered ?eaven! It took what it saw, but crumbled before what it had not seen! O death, where is thy sting? O Hades, where is thy victory?” – Paschal Homily of St John Chrystostom

  8. @Jeff #8
    Oops please delete my earlier comment. I was sleepy when I wrote it and mistranslated the Greek by skipping a line. I have really got to remember not to do Greek too early in the morning. Yes, Jeff, you are correct John 15:26 does have two different words sent from the son and proceeding from the father (or coming forth).

  9. When St. Paul in Galatians 4, 6 refers to the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of his (the Father’s) Son, he teaches that the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Son. Thus, the Eastern Orthodox disagree with St. Paul by denying the Filioque. They also disagree with St. Paul on justification by faith alone, which is the very heart of the Christian religion.

  10. @Pastor Rolf Preus #10
    “Thus, the Eastern Orthodox disagree with St. Paul by denying the Filioque. They also disagree with St. Paul on justification by faith alone…”

    The last time I got into a discussion about what exactly the Orthodox believe, it was frustrating to discover that there is no written confession defining their faith. At least, we couldn’t find one… Is there a definitive Confession for the Orthodox (other than a denial of the Filioque), comparable to the Bood of Concord?

  11. @Pastor Ted Crandall #11
    From my days in the Orthodox church one could think of it like this: the Orthodox church has the same doctrine, discipline and spiritual practices. They use the same Bible, follow the same canon laws, confess the authority of the same Church Councils and worship by what is essentially the same liturgy.

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