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THE CREED AND ITS BIBLICAL SOURCES
By Father Ellis Khouri
Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in me (John 14:1).
IN ONE GOD
And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent (John 17:3). See also 1 Corinthians 8:4-6; James 2:19.
. . . I ascend unto my Father and your Father, and my God and your God (John 20:17). Also John 16:26-28, 17:11; Luke 23:46; 2 Corinthians 1:3, 11:31.
.We give thee thanks, O Lord God, the Almighty . . . (Revelation 11:17). Also 2 Corinthians 6:18.
MAKER OF HEAVEN AND EARTH,
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1).
AND OF ALL THINGS VISIBLE AND INVISIBLE.
For in him were all things created, in the heavens and upon the earth, things visible and things invisible (Colossians 1:16). Also Psalms 148:5.
AND IN ONE LORD JESUS CHRIST, THE SON OF GOD, THE ONLY BEGOTTEN, BEGOTTEN OF THE FATHER BEFORE ALL AGES,
And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent (John 8:41). Also John 1:18, 1:34, 3:16, 6:69, 20:31.
LIGHT OF LIGHT,
He (John the Baptist) was not the light, but was sent to bear witness of the light (John 1:8). Also Hebrews 1:3; John 1:9.
VERY GOD OF VERY GOD,
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life (John 14:6). Also 1 John 5:20.
To this end have I been born, and to this end am I come into the world. . . (John 18:37). 1 John, 5:1.
(God) . . . hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, who, he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds (Hebrew 1:2).
OF ONE ESSENCE WITH THE FATHER,
I (Jesus) and the Father are one (John 10:30). Also John 10:37-38, 14:9-24; Hebrews 1:2; Philippians 2:5-11.
BY WHOM ALL THINGS WERE MADE:
For in Him (Christ) were all things created (Colossians 1:16). Also Colossians 1:17-18; Hebrews 1:2.
WHO FOR US MEN,
For all things are for your sakes . . . (2 Corinthians 4:15). Romans 8:31-32.
AND FOR OUR SALVATION
. . . I came not to judge the world, but to save the world (John 12:47). John 4:22; 4:42.
CAME DOWN FROM HEAVEN,
For I (Jesus) am come down from heaven (John 6:38). Also Ephesians 4:10.
AND WAS INCARNATE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AND THE VIRGIN MARY,
. . . Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son (Isaiah 7:14). Also Matthew 1:20-21; Luke 1:34-35; John 1:14; Galatians 4:4.
AND WAS MADE MAN;
For there is one God, one mediator also between God and men, himself man, Jesus Christ . . . (1 Timothy 2:5). Also Matthew 25:31; Philippians 2:6-7.
AND WAS CRUCIFIED ALSO FOR US UNDER PONTIUS PILATE, AND SUFFERED, AND WAS BURIED;
.Be not amazed: ye seek Jesus, the Nazarene, who hath been crucified . . . (Mark 16:6). Also 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 1 Timothy 6:13.
AND THE THIRD DAY HE ROSE AGAIN ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES;
Now when Jesus was risen early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene . . . (Mark 16:9). Also Luke 24:21-24; John 20:19; Acts 10:40; 1 Corinthians 15:4.
AND ASCENDED INTO HEAVEN, AND SITTETH AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THE FATHER;
So then the Lord Jesus, after He had spoken unto them, was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God (Mark 16:19). Also Acts 1:9-10.
AND HE SHALL COME AGAIN WITH GLORY TO JUDGE THE QUICK AND THE DEAD, And then shall they see the Son of man coming in clouds with great power and glory (Mark 13:26). Also Matthew 25:31-32; Acts 1:11; 10:42; Daniel 7:9-14.
WHOSE KINGDOM SHALL HAVE NO END.
And He shall reign over the house of Jacob forever and of His kingdom there shall be no end (Luke 1:33). Also Daniel 2:44.
AND I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT,
Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. . . (Matthew 28:19). Also John 14:26.
Now the Lord is the Spirit . . . (2 Corinthians 3:17). Also Acts 5:3-4.
THE GIVER OF LIFE,
It is the spirit that giveth life . . . (John 6:63). Also Genesis 2:7; Ezekiel 37:9-10.
WHO PROCEEDETH FROM THE FATHER,
.The Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall bear witness of me . . . (John 15:26). Also Mark 1:10; 1 Corinthians 2:10-12.
WHO WITH THE FATHER AND THE SON TOGETHER IS WORSHIPPED AND GLORIFIED.
And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy holy, is Jehovah of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory (Isaiah 6:3). Also Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 2:11.
WHO SPAKE BY THE PROPHETS;
. . .And he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets . . . (Luke 1:70). Also Luke 1:55; Acts 4:31; 10:42-43.
AND I BELIEVE IN ONE HOLY CATHOLIC AND APOSTOLIC CHURCH.
See 1 Corinthians 12:28, 14:5; 2 Corinthians 6:16; Ephesians 2:13-22; 4:4-6; Colossians 1:18.
I ACKNOWLEDGE ONE BAPTISM FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS.
And Peter said unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins. . . (Acts 2:38). Also Ephesians 4:5.
I LOOK FOR THE RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD,
Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour cometh, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God; and they that hear shall live (John 5:25). Also Acts 23:6, 24:15; Romans 8:19.
AND THE LIFE OF THE WORLD TO COME. AMEN
He that loveth his life loseth it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal (John 12:25). Also Matthew 25:46, 28:20; John 11:25.
Father Ellis Khouri is the Protosyngelos of the Archdiocese and resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan.