The Nicene and Apostles’ Creeds  

Yesterday I had a conversation with a friend, who in my opinion, has fallen into error about the nature of Jesus Christ. She maintained that Jesus never left us at His crucification, rather remained as a spirit and is with us yet. This is a heresy that the early believer struggled with and debated so much that Constantine after winning control of the Roman Empire in 312 A.D., and elevated Christianity to favored status. He soon discovered the fractured state of the church and what it believed. To bring unity, he convened a council in the year 325 that met in the city of Nicaea. Out of that convention came the Nicene Creed, which points out that Jesus live on earth in a body, that body was resurrected, and ascended into heaven, and when He comes again in glory to judge the living and the dead it will be in the same body he ascended with after He arose from His death, not as a spirit. This is not to say that the Holy Ghost (Spirit) is not among us after Jesus went to be with His Father, for “We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of Life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son.”

For your perusal the Nicene Creed:

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of Life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

And here is the Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
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  1. SAINTHOOD QUALIFICATIONS BY STEVE FINNELL

    Who are the saints of God? God’s saints are those who are under His covenant. A covenant is an agreement between God and mankind.

    ALL MEN WHO ARE OR WERE UNDER GOD’S COVENANT ARE SAINTS.

    Psalm 50:5 “Gather My saints together to Me, Those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice.” (NKJV)

    ALL OF GOD’S PEOPLE ARE SAINTS.

    Deuteronomy 33:1-3 Now this is the blessing with which Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death. 2. And he said: “The Lord came from Sinai, And dawn on them from Seir; He shone forth from Mount Paran, And He came with ten thousand saints; From His right hand Came a fiery law for them. 3 Yes, He loves the people; All His saints are in Your hands; They sit down at Your feet; Everyone receives Your words.(NKJV)

    Yes, those under under the old covenant were saints of God. The people under the old covenant were saints and they did not have to be placed in a canon of saints and then enacted by the ecclesiastical rule of church authority and approved by Moses.

    1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints. (NKJV)

    All men in God’s churches are saints. The body of Christ are God’s saints; one and all.

    Ephesians 3:8 To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ. (NKJV)

    The apostle Paul did not consider himself a candidate for beatification. Why not, because there is no such title of “Super Saint” found in Scripture. Paul said he was the least of saints.
    If there was a class of God like “Super Saints” that men could worship, by petitioning them through prayer, the apostle Paul certainly would have qualified. GOD IS A JEALOUS GOD, HE DOES WANT MEN TO WORSHIP ANY SAINT, DEAD OR ALIVE, BY PRAYING TO THEM.

    Ephesians 6:18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—(NKJV)

    These Christians were not praying for dead saints. These were live saints praying for other live saints. Saints are all members of the body of Christ; nothing more and nothing less.

    There are no Scriptures that mention a beatification of saints, through a canonical process; thereby turning a selected few into “SUPER SAINTS.”

    THE QUALIFICATIONS FOR SAINTHOOD!

    The qualification for sainthood under the new covenant are:
    A. FAITH: John 3:16
    B. CONFESSION: Romans 10:9-10
    C. REPENTANCE: Acts 3:19, Acts 2:38
    D. WATER BAPTISM Mark 16:16, 1 Peter 3:20-21

    When you come up out of the watery grave of baptism you are saved, you are a child of God, you are a member of the Lord’s church, your are part of the body of Christ, you have been clothed with Christ, you have received the gift of the Holy Spirit, your sins have been forgiven, you are a member of the church of Christ, you have been raised to walk in a new life, you have been washed by the blood of Jesus, you are in the kingdom of God here on earth. YOU ARE A SAINT!

    YOU ARE INVITED TO FOLLOW MY BLOG. http://steve-finnell.blogspot.com


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