The Apostles' Creed, Traditional Version
I believe in God the FatherAlmighty,
maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord.
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried;
the third day he rose from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
We believe in one God,
the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation,
he came down from heaven,
was incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary,
and became truly human.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
He suffered death and was buried.
On the third day He rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son
is worshiped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in the one holy catholic and apostolic church.
We acknowledge one baptism
for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.
The Creed of Chalcedon A.D. 451
We, then, following the holy Fathers, all with one consent,
teach men to confess one and the same Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
the same perfect in Godhead and also perfect in manhood; truly
God and truly man, of a reasonable (rational) soul and body;
consubstantial (coessential) with the Father according to the
Godhead, and consubstantial with us according to the Manhood; in
all things like unto us, without sin; begotten before all ages of
the Father according to the Godhead, and in these latter days,
for us and for our salvation, born of the Virgin Mary, the Mother
of God, according to the Manhood; one and the same Christ, Son,
Lord, Only-begotten, to be acknowledged in two natures,
inconfusedly, unchangeably, indivisibly, inseparably; the
distinction of natures being by no means taken away by the union,
but rather of the property of each nature being preserved, and
concurring in one Person and one Subsistence, not parted or
divided into two persons, but one and the same Son, and only
begotten, God, the Word the Lord Jesus Christ; as the prophets
from the beginning (have declared) concerning him, and the Lord
Jesus Christ himself has taught us, and the Creed of the holy
Fathers has handed down to us.
(1) Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the
(2) Which faith except every one do keep whole and undefiled, without doubt he shall
(3) And the catholic faith is this: That we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in
(4) Neither confounding the persons, nor dividing the substance.
(5) For there is one person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy
(6) But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit is all one, and
glory equal, the majesty co-eternal.
(7) Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Spirit.
(8) The Father uncreate, the Son uncreate, and the Holy Spirit uncreate.
(9) The Father incomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible, and the Holy Spirit
(10) The Father eternal, the Son eternal, and the Holy Spirit eternal.
(11) And yet they are not three eternals, but one eternal.
(12) As also there are not three uncreated nor three incomprehensibles, but one
(13) So likewise the Father is almighty, the Son almighty, and the Holy Spirit almighty;
(14) And yet they are not three almighties, but one almighty.
(15) So the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God;
(16) And yet they are not three Gods, but one God.
(17) So likewise the Father is Lord, the Son Lord, and the Holy Spirit Lord;
(18) And yet they are not three Lords, but one Lord.
(19) For like as we are compelled by the Christian verily to acknowledge every person by
himself to be God and Lord;
(20) So we are forbidden by the catholic religion to say: There are three Gods or three
(21) The Father is made of none, neither created nor begotten.
(22) The Son is of the father alone; not made nor created, but begotten.
(23) The Holy Spirit is of the Father and of the Son; neither made, nor created, nor
begotten, but proceeding.
(24) So there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy spirit,
not three Holy Spirits.
(25) And in this Trinity none is afore, or after another; none is greater, or less than
(26) But the whole three persons are co-eternal, and co-equal.
(27) So that in all things, as aforesaid, the Unity in Trinity and the Trinity in Unity is
to be worshiped.
(28) He therefore that will be saved must this think of the Trinity.
(29) Furthermore it is necessary to everlasting salvation that he alone believe rightly
the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
(30) For the right faith is that we believe and confess that our Lord Jesus Christ, the
Son of God, is God and man.
(31) God of the substance of the Father, begotten before the worlds; and man the substance
of His mother, born in the world.
(32) Perfect God and perfect man, of a reasonable soul and human flesh subsisting.
(33) Equal to the Father as touching His Godhead, and inferior to the Father as touching
(34) Who, although He is God and man, yet He is not two, but one Christ.
(35) One, not by conversion of the Godhead into flesh, but by taking of the manhood into
(36) One altogether, not by confusion of substance, but by unity of person.
(37) For as the reasonable soul and flesh is one man, so God and man is one Christ;
(38) Who suffered for our salvation, descended into hell, rose again the third day from
(39) He ascended into heaven, He sitteth on the right hand of the Father, God Almighty;
(40) From thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
(41) At whose coming all men shall rise again with their bodies;
(42) And shall give account of their own works.
(43) And they that have done good shall go into life everlasting, and they that have done
evil into everlasting fire.
(44) This is the catholic faith, which except a man believe faithfully, he cannot be
Michael Horton, Editor, The Agony of Deceit,
1990, Moody Press, pp. 254-258 Chaldedon,
Bib Sac, 138:552:326.