In Christian terminology a creed is a statement
of beliefs. A confession is a similar device. Creeds and Confessions
are statements summarizing the beliefs of a particular group. There are many
Christian Creeds and Confessions; emphasizing various aspects
The oldest of these formal Creeds is the Apostles' Creed. Despite
the name, there is no evidence that it was written by any of the Apostles; the
title indicates that the principles stated were believed by the Apostles and
therefore should be believed by all Christians.
The other Creed that is frequently used is the Nicene Creed,
which was formulated at the Council of Nicea in 325 A.D. Basically, it
slightly expands on the Apostles' Creed; for instance, instead of beginning
"I believe in God" the Nicene Creed begins "I believe in one
Either the Apostles' Creed or the Nicene Creed is usually recited
near the beginning of a Christian worship service, depending on the denomination.
Everyone who is a Christian, wants to become a Christian, or simply wants
to understand what Christianity teaches and Christians believe should be sure
to understand the meaning of each phrase in the Creed.
HOW CAN I KNOW GOD IS REAL
AND THE BIBLE IS TRUE?
God tells us, for example, in Chapter 44:6-8
and 46:9-10 of the book of Isaiah, that He alone knows the future
and He tells it to us to prove He is real and the
Bible is His word. This is called prophecy.
The Apostles' Creed contains nine examples of things that
were foretold and later happened. They
are highlighted below in blue.
Also see Messianic Prophecies
Fulfilled by Jesus
|THE APOSTLES' CREED
| I believe in God,(1) the Father Almighty,
Maker of Heaven and Earth,(2)
And in Jesus Christ,(3)
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,(6)
of the Virgin(7) Mary,
suffered under Pontius
He descended into Hell.(A)
arose from the dead,(13)
ascended into Heaven(14)
is seated at the right hand
the Father Almighty.
From thence He shall
to judge the quick* and the
I believe in the Holy Spirit,(17)
the church universal,(18)
the communion ** of saints,(19)
the forgiveness of sins,(20)
the resurrection of the body,(21)
and life everlasting.(22)
means "spiritually alive"
refers to "coming together"
| 1. Isaiah
2. Genesis 1:1; John
1:1-3; Acts 14:15
3. Luke 2:11; John
3:16; Proverbs 30:4
5. John 20:28
6. Luke 1:35
7. Luke 1:27
8. Luke 23:23-25
9. John 19:20; Acts
4:10; all Gospels
1 Corinthians 15:3
11. 1 Corinthians 15:4
A. 1 Peter
3:18; Luke 23:43
1 Corinthians 15:4
14. Mark 16:19; Luke
24:51, Acts 1:11
15. Mark 16:19; Hebrews
16. 2 Timothy 4:1; John
15:26; 16:7-8, 13-14; Acts
19:14; Hebrews 10:25
20. Luke 7:48
21. 1 Thessalonians 4:16; John
BIBLICAL BASES FOR THE APOSTLES' CREED
44:6 This is what the LORD says -- Israel's King and Redeemer, the
LORD Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is
45:5 I am the LORD, and there is no other; apart from me there is
1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
1:1-3  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.  Through him
all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
14:15 Men, why are you doing this? We too are only men, human like
you. We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless
things to the living God, who made heaven and earth and sea and everything in
2:11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is
Christ the Lord.
John 20:28 Thomas said
to him, "My Lord and my God!"
3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
30:4 [NKJV] Who has ascended into heaven, or descended? Who
has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has bound the waters in a garment? Who
has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what
is His Son's name, if you know?
20:28 Thomas said to him, "My Lord and my God!"
1:35 The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born
will be called the Son of God.
1:26-27  In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth,
a town in Galilee,  to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph,
a descendant of David. The virgin's name was Mary.
23:23-25  But with loud shouts they insistently demanded that
he be crucified, and their shouts prevailed.  So Pilate decided to grant
their demand.  He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection
and murder, the one they asked for, and surrendered Jesus to their will.
19:20 Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was
crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and
4:10 then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the
name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from
the dead, that this man stands before you healed.
Corinthians 15:3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first
importance: that Christ died for our sins according to [i.e.,
in accordance with, in fulfillment of] the Scriptures,
Corinthians 15:4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third
day according to the Scriptures
Peter 3:18b-20a  . . . He was put to death in the body
but made alive by the Spirit,  through whom also he went and preached
to the spirits in prison [20a] who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently
in the days of Noah while the ark was being built.
23:43 Jesus answered him, "I tell you the truth, today you will
be with me in paradise."
Comments on "He descended into
(a) The closest translation of the original Latin is "He
descended into the lower parts." It is unclear which is meant: 'Hell',
'Hades' or 'the Lake of Fire'. The Hebrew term "Sheol"
is sometimes translated "Hell" or "Hades", and other
times "the grave". Some commentators claim this sentence means
"He went into the grave." However, as Calvin aptly points out,
earlier versions of the Creed already said "He was . . . buried."
What would be the point of 'clarifying' an unambiguous statement by
adding an ambiguous statement? Also, "He descended" is active
voice. Jesus didn't go into the grave, His body was
placed in the grave.
(b) The placement of the comma in Luke seems to say "I
tell you the truth -- you will be with Me in Paradise today." However,
there is no punctuation in the original Greek text. it could also
mean "Today I tell you the truth -- you will be with me in Paradise."
in the sense of "I'm telling you right now -- you will be with me in
Paradise." On the basis of the biblical text there is
no reason to prefer the punctuation chosen by the translators.
(c) Among both the authors of the New Testament and later
commentators there is some confusion as to where Jesus' spirit was between
His death and resurrection. Peter seems to indicate that He spent at
least part of the time in Paradise preaching. To whom and about
what continues to be a subject of debate.
(d) Many theologians point out that the punishment for
sin is not physical death, but spiritual death
(separation from God) and punishment in Hell/the Lake of Fire.
There is nothing to indicate that Jesus went directly to Paradise.
He could have gone to the punishment part of Hades or to the
Lake of Fire to take our punishment for a time and then gone
to Paradise to preach.
THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE AN INTRODUCTORY WEBSITE! (Well,
at least it started out that way!)
16:19 After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into
heaven and he sat at the right hand of God.
24:51 While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into
1:11 "Men of Galilee," they said, "why do you stand
here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into
heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven."
1:3 The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation
of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided
purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.
Timothy 4:1 In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge
the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give
you this charge:
5:22 Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment
to the Son,
15:26 When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father,
the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me.
16:7-8, 13-14  But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that
I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if
I go, I will send him to you.  When he comes, he will convict the world of
guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment:  But when he, the
Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak
on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet
to come.  He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making
it known to you.
13:2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit
said, "Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have
3:26-29  You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus,
 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with
Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female,
for you are all one in Christ Jesus.  If you belong to Christ, then you
are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
19:14 The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses
and dressed in fine linen, white and clean.
10:25 [Living Bible] Let us not neglect our church meetings, as some
people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of
his coming back again is drawing near.
(In the Apostles' Creed the term 'communion' refers to 'meeting
together', not the Lord's Supper. Hebrews 10:25
is frequently paraphrased as "Do not forsake the assembly
of saints" or "Do not forsake the assembling
of the saints."
7:48 Then Jesus said to her, "Your sins are forgiven."
Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven,
with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call
of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.
6:39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none
of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day.
10:28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one
can snatch them out of my hand.
17:2-3  For you granted him authority over all people that he might
give eternal life to all those you have given him.  Now this is eternal life:
that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
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