John 1:1–4, 14–18
From the Confessions: The Nicene Creed: And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds...
Pulling It Together
In response to the Arians again, the Nicene Creed specifies that the Son of God is begotten of the Father before all worlds—before anything was created. In other words, the Son is eternal, as John testifies in his gospel. The Son of God is not a created being, even one of a higher nature than man, but instead is himself the Creator. John testifies to this also. All things were made by him—and he is not a made being. He has simply been, existing with the Father and the Holy Spirit since, as we say, the beginning. This means that God has always been, existing from all eternity. We confess that Jesus is this God, who lives and reigns with his Father and the Holy Spirit—forever one God. Amen.
Prayer: Word made flesh, help me grow in your grace. Amen.
We Still Believe is a Bible study resource reflecting on key themes in biblical Lutheran doctrine that are at risk in the Church today. It is offered in the hope that it will inspire individuals and congregations to examine the core beliefs of traditional Lutheranism and how these beliefs apply to our own present context. Written in a question and discussion style by Pastor Steven King, the participant's book includes an introduction to and copy of the faith statement known as the Common Confession.