BCL Grow: The Nicene Creed — John 10:30
John 10:30 (God)
“I and the Father are one.” — John 10:30
“Without confidence that Jesus is God, united in substance with the Father, we could not be sure that Jesus could speak for God, forgive sins for God, declare righteousness for God, or do anything to make us children of the Father.” — Justin Holcomb, Know the Creeds and Councils (KNOW Series), p. 39.
Steps to Take
1. Consider: Many Christians are unfamiliar with the creeds and confessions of the historic church; yet, they are extremely important for believers to know. What are some of the reasons the historical church would have wanted to write a creed, confession (summary) of the faith, or catechism (learning the foundational Christian doctrines through question and answer)?
2. Know: The creeds and confessions were primarily written to:
give Christians helpful summaries/statements of the Christian faith to help instruct people in what Christianity actually is so they could correctly understand the faith they are confessing to believe
guard the church against heretical teachings
The Nicene Creed (adopted at the First Council of Nicaea in 325 and later amended at the First Council of Constantinople in 381) was written to defend the doctrine of the Trinity against the heretical teachings of an Alexandrian elder named Arius, who taught that Jesus was a lesser god. The Nicene Creed accurately states that Jesus is “the only begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.”
3. Rejoice: Every Christian should be exceedingly thankful for the godly believers who bravely fought to uphold the foundational truths of Christianity against heresies during the last two millennia. As Justin Holcomb explains, “If Christianity had agreed with Arius that Jesus could be a lesser god — if it had failed to defend monotheism, if it had fallen into the trench of professing three unrelated deities — it may have dissolved into the religion of Rome and its pantheon of false gods” (Know the Creeds and Councils, p. 38).
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