Saturday in the Thirty-Second Week of Ordinary Time

The Nicene Creed

In One God the Father Almighty

We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth,

and of all things visible and invisible

The Nicene Creed is a great Trinitarian statement of the faith, the design of which is to tell us who each person of the Godhead is (to the extent that has been revealed) and what each has done (and continues to do) in the divine economy (plan) of salvation.  Each person is represented in the order of their subsistence within the Godhead and outside in their work in the world for our salvation.  As such, it is far more comprehensive that the Apostles’ Creed while saying the bare minimum of what must be said.

The first line of the Nicene Creed is as concise as it is precise.  It speaks first, quite naturally, of the Father—the divine Original, the Fount of the two other persons—not that He was before them (by no means!) but that the Son is begotten of and the Spirit proceeds from Him from all eternity.  And who is the Father?  He is that One who is great beyond measure.  How great?  So great that He created the world out of nothing—a necessary belief else one credits divinity to the world.  Christians reject this.  There are two basic categories—the Creator and the created—and only God maintains the former.  And all things are not only made by Him but are utterly dependent upon Him for their continuing state of being; that is, He not only created all things but sustains all things as well.

And He created all things, not only visible, but invisible as well.  There were heresies in the second and third centuries in which heretics (Marcion, Basilides, etc.) posited a world in which two gods existed—one good, the other evil—the latter creating the world, and the world encircled by numerous spheres, commanded by various angelic beings, ascending upwards to the pleroma (fullness).  Naturally, the Church rejected this nonsense (now replayed in the New Age Movement), but it is still important we recognize this.  Modern man has often rejected the invisible altogether, deeming man to be nothing more than the highest animal on the food chain (evolution) and then demeaning him as merely a creature of the state (communism and socialism).  Within such a system, man is seen as soul-less, at least as the Church understands “soul” as the very essence of the man created in the image of God.  God has created man an embodied soul, the death of whom is the soul’s separation from the body.  Let us never forget this, lest we be reduced to creatures living on a collective animal farm.

Author: The Reformed Baptist

My name is Stephen Taylor, ordained Baptist minister of eighteen years pastoral experience with a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Better than that, I am married to a godly woman, Karla, who has been very patient with me since 1989. I have two daughters, both of whom I homeschooled for extended periods of time, who became godly young women, and who ran off and married godly young men, all of which is very proper. The oldest daughter has even seen fit to bless me with a grandson and a granddaughter, and my youngest daughter with a grandson, all three of whom are bundles of exceeding joy. As you can see, I am quite blessed. This website is dedicated to helping people grow in the wisdom and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ through the gift of writing that the Lord has given to me. It is specifically about helping His people grow in godliness, the theme you see repeated above. I write devotions with this aim and hope that they might be of some help to God’s people. Full disclosure: I am of a Reformed bent, meaning that my understanding of Scripture is primarily informed by the Reformers and their successors of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. However, as a student of church history and theology, I strive to remain true to that teaching handed down once for all unto the saints through every age of the Church. I like to think of myself as a “catholic” Christian, as the Reformers thought of themselves. At any rate, feel free to read, pray, and contact me if you wish, or correct me if need be. As you can see, I tend to follow the church year. Of course, I make no special claims about these devotions. I know very well that others have written better and plumbed the depths of God’s word with greater insight. But if my musings help someone draw closer to the Lord, well then, I have my reward. Blessings to you and may the God and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ speak to you that word which He knows you especially need to hear. Grace & peace, Stephen Taylor

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