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What I Believe…

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth, of all things visible and invisible…

God the Father, First Person of the Trinity, or Godhead, is the Creator and Author of all things. This includes all things living as well as that which is unliving. All matter, whether visible – either through naked vision, or through instruments; all matter invisible, to include any viable scientific theory, or theological mystery, was and is created, authored, and willed by God the Father. He is Almighty in all things, neither created nor able to be destroyed. He transcends all human thought, logic, philosophy or theology.

… And in one Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, the only begotten, born of the Father before all ages…

Jesus Christ is the Son of the Father and the Second Person of the Trinity. Born of God the Father, not created, as is mankind. Christ existed with and in the Father before the foundations of the world, before time itself existed, for time only exists within physical and astronomical parameters – Christ, as with the Father, transcends space, time, and human understanding.

… Light of light, true God of true God, begotten, not made, of one substance with the Father, through Whom all things were made…

Christ is light, the only light. He is truly God and is of God (the Godhead), again, born of God, not created as was mankind. He exists as one with the Father, again, transcendent of all things able to be known by man – the same existence as the Father. Christ is the Word, the Logos as St. John the Apostle says – the spoken Word by which all things were made in the beginning of time as mankind knows it. Beyond this, He is creation, for the Word, the Logos itself is creation, all creation is bound within the Logos, thus all creation is bound in Christ.

… Who for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and Mary the Virgin, and became man…

Christ, due to the Fall of Man, came to earth, from His Heavenly Throne, by the Will of the Father and by His own Free Will, so that all the world may be saved. This denies the doctrine of the Predestination of just the Saints, but points to the entire world being predestined to hear and have the ability to receive, as well as reject, salvation through Jesus Christ. He was born of a Virgin named Mary, through the power of the Holy Spirit – the Third Person of the Godhead. This insures Jesus Christ continues to contain the substance of the Father, as well as having the substance of mankind, thus becoming the “second Adam,” thus enabling mankind to have the ability to receive the Grace of God and salvation.

… He was also crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered and was buried..

Jesus Christ was killed, under the authority of the world, Rome, represented by Pontius Pilate, Governor of the Province of Judea, through the manipulation of the corrupt Jewish leaders of the time. Christ suffered – beaten, scourged, tortured. Christ died, and then was buried. This cements the humanity of Christ.

… And He rose again on the third day, according to the scriptures…

On the third day after His death, Jesus Christ rose from the dead, thus fulfilling the scriptures contained in the Hebrew Scriptures. This affirms his divinity, as well as the salvation power for which Christ came to give to all of mankind.

… And He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of the Father…

Jesus Christ rose into heaven, again, affirming His divinity, and He sits at the right hand of God the Father, affirming his Lordship and Kingship over all. This resounds with the scripture calling Christ the “Prince of Peace.”

… And He will come again with glory, to judge the living and the dead, and of His kingdom there will be no end…

At the time of the Father’s choosing, Christ will once again, physically, return to earth. His purpose is not to “rapture” the faithful, but to judge all, both those who are living on the earth, as well as those who are dead, both those who have and do believe, and those who do not. At this moment, the heavenly kingdom will be completed on earth, denoting the vision of St. John the Apostle of a New Jerusalem – a kingdom of peace – descending to earth. This kingdom cannot be defeated as all previous earthly kingdoms have been, but is eternal and will last for all eternity.

… And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, and Giver of life, who proceeds from the Father (and the Son), who together with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified, Who spoke through the prophets…

The Holy Spirit, as mentioned above, is the Third Person of the Trinity. He is the Giver of Life, by the Will of the Father, and through the Word – Logos – which is the Son. Without the Holy Spirit, there is no life. A picture of this is Ezekiel in the Valley of Dry Bones. The Father Willed the bones to come together and be alive, Ezekiel prophesied to the bones to come together – i.e. spoke the Word (Logos – the Son), and then breathed life into them – i.e. The Holy Spirit. He, along with the Father and the Son, as One God, is, and is to be, worshipped and glorified. The Holy Spirit is the Person who brings the Word to those who the Father wishes to speak.

… In one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church…

The Church is One, the Church is Holy, the Church is Universal, the Church is Apostolic. The Church is built on the foundation of the apostles – St. Peter being the rock – and the prophets – the Word of God. The Church is to cover the entire world and is to be united through the teachings of thr apostles and by Christ being Her Head. The Church is made holy through the administration of the Sacraments – most notably Baptism and the Eucharist, but also including Holy Matrimony, Unction (annointing with oil), Holy Orders (deacons, priests, and bishops), Confirmation (the inferring of the Holy Spirit), and Confession (both through private confession to a priest and reconciliation with those sinned against and with those who have sinned against you).

… I profess one baptism for the remission of sins…

Only belief and the following of Christ brings salvation. No other belief system, creed, or initiation brings salvation, only death.

…I expect the resurrection of the dead; and the life of the world to come…

When Christ comes to judge both the living and the dead, the dead will be raised to be judged. Once judgement is complete, the kingdom of God will be completed and perfected in both heaven and earth, and the life to come with that is eternal.

… Amen.

So be it.

JZ Holloway

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3 thoughts on “What I Believe…

  1. As a note – obviously (or not), this is the Nicene Creed expounded upon by my own personal convictions. It hearkens back to something I wrote nearly 15 years ago which has been lost. I do believe more then this, but I also believe that one’s Christian faith must be simple… must start simple, must end simple, everything in between matters and is important, yet does not matter and really is not all that important. It is easy to get caught up in “obsessions” that mark the complexity of what Christianity is, causing us to forget the simplicity of what Christianity means – what it was (and is) for those believers in the Book of Acts, or to those who the Epistles of Paul, Peter and John were written to.

  2. By it’s fruits you shall know a thing and the Nicene creed contributed to the first of the major splits in the christian church. If it’s Jesus’ church then it’s Jesus’ responsibility to dish out judgment and rewards. If it’s not Jesus’ church then it can only be you-know-who. The great news is that those who are truly the Father’s can’t be lost. This is an amazing thing. Be very blessed!

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