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Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
“Things Visible and Invisible”

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1 Corinthians 8:4–6

From the Confessions: The Nicene Creed

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

Pulling It Together

In the Nicene Creed, we confess one more thing about the Father than we do in the Apostles' Creed. We already profess that the Father is Maker of heaven and earth but now we say more specifically that he is Creator of all things—those things both visible and invisible, the things we know about and those we do not. The creeds call the Father the creative force, yet we read that the Spirit also was that hovering Creator in the beginning, and Jesus was the creating Logos, or Word of God. Though the Father is called Creator in the creed, the Triune God is Creator, since the Father, the Son, and the Spirit are the very image of each other.

It is this one God whom we confess is the creator of everything. There is nothing created, whether seen or unseen, that was not made by him. Nothing existed on its own; God brought it all into being. The invisible Father created the visible order as well as those things as yet unseen by us. It is through him that we and all things exist, so we confess he is Maker of all things visible and invisible.

Prayer: Thank you, Father, for my existence. Amen.

This pocket edition of the Luther's Small Catechism is specifically designed to go with the Sola Confimation Series. The 2010 Sola/ReClaim Edition* is a faithful word-for-word translation from Luther's German Catechism. It also includes the section on the Office of the Keys, added later to Luther's Catechism.

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