Episode Seven in The Nicene Creed is the first of two episodes focused on the final paragraph of the Creed. The commentary covers from “And I believe in the Holy Ghost” through “worshipped and glorified.” Episode running time is just over 25 minutes.
The final paragraph was not written at Nicea in 325 A.D. but was an addition, using ideas discussed at Nicea, which came out of the First Council of Constantinople in 381 A.D. As I noted in Episode Six, the Council at Constantinople added the phrase “whose kingdom shall have no end” as an answer to early heresy concerning interpretation of Revelation and embellished the phrases describing the Lord Jesus Christ with more detail about the Nativity, Incarnation and death of Jesus.
There are 12 illustrations, including five not previously used in the series. The illustration with this blog commemorates the contribution of the 150 Bishops and Priests who met at the call of Emperor Theodosius, a strong supporter of Nicene Christianity. There were no representatives of the Western Church at the Council of Constantinople. The ideas they introduced were based upon discussions at Nicea and traditional understandings of Scripture. The clarification of the equality of the Holy Spirit is largely owed to On the Holy Spirit, written a decade before the Council, by St. Basil of Caesarea in Asia Minor.
The final episode in the series will be available on September 9th or sooner and will cover from “who spake by the prophets” through the closing “Amen.” It will also include some summary commentary on the differences in origin and context between the Nicene Creed and the Apostles’ Creed and some closing remarks on the series.
As always, thanks for your interest and support. May God bless you in all that you do in His Name! Amen! Glory be to God for all things! Amen!