APOSTLES CREED: (Roman Catholic) 2-3rd Century
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His 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 into hell; on the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there 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 life everlasting.
Nicene Creed (Orthodox) 19 June 325 AD
I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day 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. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father [and the Son], who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.
EXPANDED CREED: Work in progress…..
I confess that Jesus Christ is my Lord, Master, and Savior. By faith in Christ Jesus, I am forgiven, cleansed, healed and made a citizen of His eternal kingdom. Jesus Christ has redeemed me from the curse of the law of sin, sickness, weakness and eternal death through His death on the cross for me. I believe in the Trinity of one God: Almighty Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I believe that Jesus Christ is now the Creator made flesh, Jesus, who was begotten as the second Adam. Was born of a virgin, died for my sins, rose for my justification and is coming again soon, in great glory, to establish His Kingdom on earth. I believe in the new birth from above, the baptism in water, and the baptism in the Holy Spirit. I confess that the blood of Jesus Christ has cleansed me from all my sin and I am now covered by the righteousness of God in and through Christ Jesus. I confess that I can do all things through Christ who is my strength as I abide in Him. I confess that this world is not my home. I confess that I am a pilgrim in a foreign land and I look for that certain return of my Lord Jesus Christ and His Kingdom. I confess that there is but one holy universal and apostolic Church of Jesus Christ and all those who are born from above are brethren and citizens of His kingdom. I believe that the Church of Jesus Christ is being perfected by the Holy Spirit through the Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, Teachers and other ministries of His Church until all the faithful come into the unity of the faith and the bond of peace and are changed into the image and likeness of Jesus Christ, (Eph. 4:1 16). (Open for suggestions and corrections. Ken<>< )
The “How To” in God’s Loving Faith and Truth on how to have the Victory that Jesus won for us is missing in some the old Creeds. But They work great for building the Traditional Theater Church. And for a time without a printing press helped to keep the Saints focused on essentials. But not much on how to experience the Supernatural Victories that Jesus bought for us at the cross., The Holy Spirit that HE sent in HIS place is now ready to do what Jesus sent Him to do, Isa. 61, Eph.4:11-16, if we will learn to have the faith for it. But to agree to disagree with one another does not fit at all with our LORD’S PRAYER in John 17 at all.
In Heb.2:6 “But one has [solemnly] testified somewhere [in Scripture], saying, “What is man, that You are mindful of him, Or the son of man, that You graciously care for him? “You have made him for a little while lower [in status] than the angels; You have crowned him with glory and honor, [c] And set him over the works of Your hands; You have put all things in subjection under his feet [confirming his supremacy].” Now in putting all things in subjection to man, He left nothing outside his control. But at present we do not yet see all things subjected to him. 9 But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while [by taking on the limitations of humanity], crowned with glory and honor because of His suffering of death, so that by the grace of God [extended to sinners] He might experience death for [the sins of] everyone, Isa. 53, 10 For it was fitting for God [that is, an act worthy of His divine nature] that He, for whose sake are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the [d] author and founder of their salvation perfect through suffering [bringing to maturity the human experience necessary for Him to be perfectly equipped for His office as High Priest].
Therefore man is fully responsible for his own choices as in time Romans 1. And through the absolute foreknowledge of God all of your choices, God has already woven those choices into the fabric of eternity even before we were born or the universe was created. Romans 9:13. So now we are actively living out those choices and fully responsible for them. And if we learn to resist the lust and pride of this world through Christ Jesus we will upon death find ourselves in God’s Eternal dimension as HIS family. Pride & Rebellion have been allowed to serve to make us spiritually stronger through the Grace of God in Christ Jesus. Or they may send us off into eternal darkness, it is our choice. The Creeds were designed to help us learn humility & obedience and stay on course during our life time. In the resurrection there will be no need for Creeds for we will see clearly as we are now known by God and fully realize how utterly foolish sin really is. 1 Cor. 13. But the process into eternity will deeply set our freewill to be so perfectly in alignment with the will of our Creator in righteousness as to be confirmed to Him in all things. There will be no more use for Creeds or lucifers or Adams to seek to eclipse the Glory of God in pride or rebellion. The heart of God’s Elect will be totally at peace with Christ Jesus being LORD and yet enjoy an active FREEWILL just as Jesus did with the heavenly FATHER.. Love can only exist if the will is totally free. If you make this very temporary life and world the love of your life, and comfort zone, you will probably miss out. Jesus is either LORD of all or HE is not LORD at all.