Supplemental Statements of Faith: Two Historic Creeds

The statement of faith at the website is the Apostles Creed and the Statement of Faith of the National Association of Evangelicals. The other two historic statements commented on in this post also make up the other portions of this website’s Statement of Faith.

If the reader wants a statement of faith in its simplest form for this website, click on Statements of Faith: Apostles Creed and NAE.

Let’s begin.

Nicene Creed

For this website, this creed supplements the Apostles Creed and the NAE.

Who was Jesus? Did he have a beginning and was created, the first of all creation? Or did he exist from all eternity without a beginning and uncreated? The church debated this issue, and the Nicene Creed was published in 325 by the Council of Nicaea, a town in northern Turkey today. The statement about the Holy Spirit, in italics, was added at the Second Ecumenical Council held Constantinople in 381. So it is fair to call it the Constantinopolitan-Nicene Creed.

I have already written a commentary here:

The Nicene Creed + Commentary

It is easy for Renewalists of all denominations and independent churches to affirm the Nicene Creed because it exalts Jesus, the Son of God, to his rightful place.

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Definition of Chalcedon

For this website, this creed supplements the Apostles’ Creed and the NAE’s Statement of Faith.

So who is the Son of God? It is clear from Scripture that he is both human and divine, but how do these two natures relate to each other? The solution was achieved at Chalcedon, (pronounced kal-CEE-dun or KAL-suh-dawn), a town outside Constantinople (Istanbul today), in 451. It is also called the Chalcedonian Creed. The definition says that the two natures are united in one person. This is called the hypostatic union or one-person union of two natures.

Here is the Definition:

We, then, following the holy Fathers, all with one consent, teach men to confess one and the same Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, the same perfect in Godhead and also perfect in manhood; truly God and truly man, of a reasonable [rational] soul and body; consubstantial [co-essential] with the Father according to the Godhead, and consubstantial with us according to the Manhood;

[I]n all things like unto us, without sin; begotten before all ages of the Father according to the Godhead, and in these latter days, for us and for our salvation, born of the Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, according to the Manhood;

[O]ne and the same Christ, Son, Lord, only begotten, to be acknowledged in two natures, unconfusedly, unchangeably, indivisibly, inseparably; the distinction of natures being by no means taken away by the union, but rather the property of each nature being preserved, and concurring in one Person and one Subsistence, not parted or divided into two persons, but one and the same Son, and only begotten, God the Word, the Lord Jesus Christ;

A]s the prophets from the beginning [have declared] concerning Him, and the Lord Jesus Christ Himself has taught us, and the Creed of the holy Fathers has handed down to us.

Comments:

I have written my commentary here:

6. Two Natures in One Person: Definition or Creed of Chalcedon + Commentary

To sum up, those two creeds cover the main Christology of the Christian church.

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Statements of Faith: Apostles Creed and NAE

Nicene Creed

Supplemental Statement of Faith: Two Historic Creeds

Definition or Creed of Chalcedon

Athanasian Creed + Commentary

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