Ancient Creeds
of the Christian Church

- The Nicene Creed -
(325 A.D.)

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all Ages. Light of Light, True God of True God, begotten, not made, of the same essence with the Father, through Whom all things were made.

Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit and of the Virgin Mary, and became Man. And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered and was buried.

And on the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures. And ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of the Father. And He shall come again in glory, to judge both the living and the dead; Whose kingdom shall have no end.

And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of life. Who proceeds from the Father, and is worshipped and glorified together with the Father and the Son; Who spoke through the Prophets. In one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.

I acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. I expect the resurrection of the dead; and the life of the world to come. Amen.

- The Apostles' Creed-
(284 A.D.)

I believe in one 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, hence, he is to come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints,the remission of sins, the resurrection of the flesh and life eternal.

- The Chalcedonian Confession-
(451 A.D.)

Concerning the Person
of Jesus Christ

Therefore, following the holy Fathers, we all with one accord teach men to acknowledge one and the same Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, at once complete in Godhead and complete in manhood, truly God and truly man, consisting also of a reasonable soul and body; of one substance with the Father as regards his Godhead, and at the same time of one substance with us as regards his manhood;

like us in all respects, apart from sin; as regards his Godhead, begotten of the Father before the ages, but yet as regards his manhood begotten, for us men and for our salvation, of Mary the Virgin, the God-bearer one and the same Christ, Son, Lord, Only-begotten,

recognized IN TWO NATURES, WITHOUT CONFUSION, WITHOUT CHANGE, WITHOUT DIVISION without SEPARATION; the distinction of natures being in no way annulled by the union, but rather the characteristics of each nature being preserved and coming together to form one person and subsistence not as parted or separated into two persons,

but one and the same Son and Only-begotten God the Word, Lord Jesus Christ; even as the prophets from earliest times spoke of him, and our Lord Jesus Christ himself taught us, and the creed of the Fathers has handed down to us.

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