We Believe

  

Ἡ μὲν γὰρ ἐκκλησία, καίπερ καθ᾽ ὅλης τῆς οἰκουμένης ἕως περάτων τῆς γῆς διεσπαρμένη, παρὰ δὲ τῶν Ἀποστόλων καὶ τῶν ἐκείνων μαθητῶν παραλαβοῦσα τὴν [πίστιν]

The Church, though scattered through the whole world to the ends of the earth, has received from the Apostles and their disciples the faith

Πιστεύομεν εἰς ἕνα θεόν πατέρα παντοκράτορα,

We believe in one God the Father Almighty,

τὸν τῶν ἀπάντων ὁρατῶν τε καὶ ἀοράτων ποιητήν·

Maker of all things visible and invisible;

Καὶ εἰς ἕνα κύριον Ἰησοῦν Χριστόν,

And in one Lord Jesus Christ,

τὸν τοῦ θεοῦ λόγον,

the Logos of God,

φῶς ἐκ φωτὸς,

Light of Light,

ζωὴν ἐκ ζωῆς,

Life of Life,

υἱὸν μονογενῆ,

the only-born Son,

πρωτότοκον πάσης κτίσεως,

the first-born of every creature,

πρὸ πάντων τῶν αἰώνων ἐκ τοῦ θεοῦ πατρὸς γεγεννημένον,

begotten of God the Father before all ages,

δἰ οὗ καὶ ἐγένετο τὰ πάντα·

by whom also all things were made;

τὸν διὰ τὴν ἡμετέραν σωτηρίαν σαρκωθέντα καὶ ἐν ἀνθρώποις πολιτευσάμενον,

who for our salvation was made flesh and made his home among men;

καὶ παθόντα,

and suffered;

καὶ ἀναστάντα τῇ τρίτῃ ἡμέρᾳ,

and rose on the third day;

καὶ ἀνελθόντα πρὸς τὸν πατέρα,

and ascended to the Father;

καὶ ἥξοντα πάλιν ἐν δόξῃ κρῖναι ζῶντας καὶ νεκρούς.

and will come again in glory, to judge the quick and the dead.

[Πιστεύομεν] καὶ εἰς ἕν πνεῦμα ἅγιον.

[We believe] also in one Holy Ghost.

Καὶ εἰς ἓν βάπτισμα μετανοίας εἰς ἄφεσιν ἁμαρτιῶν,

And in one baptism of repentance for the remission of sins;

καὶ εἰς μίαν ἁγίαν καθολικὴν ἐκκλησίαν,

and in one holy Universal (Arian) Church;

καὶ εἰς σαρκὸς ἀνάστασιν,

and in the resurrection of the flesh,

καὶ εἰς ζωὴν αἰώνιον.

and in life everlasting.

Τούτων ἕκαστον εἶναι καὶ ὑπάρχειν πιστεύοντες, πατέρα ἀληθῶς πατέρα καὶ υἱὸν ἀληθῶς υἱὸν καὶ πνεῦμα ἅγιον ἀληθῶς πνεῦμα ἅγιον, καθὼς καὶ ὁ κύριος ἡμῶν ἀποστέλλων εἰς τὸ κήρυγμα τοὺς ἑαυτοῦ μαθητὰς εἶπε· πορευθέντες μαθητεύσατε πάντα τὰ ἔθνη, βαπτίζοντες αὐτοὺς εἰς τὸ ὄνομα τοῦ πατρὸς καὶ τοῦ υἱοῦ καὶ τοῦ ἀγίου πνεύματος.

We believe that each of these is and exists, the Father truly Father, and the Son truly Son, and the Holy Ghost truly Holy Ghost; even as our Lord when sending forth his disciples to preach, said: 'Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.'

'And concerning these things we affirm that we so hold and so think, and have of old so held, and will so hold till death, and stand steadfast in this faith, anathematizing all ungodly heresy. We testify before Almighty God the Only True GOD, and our Lord Jesus Christ that we believe all this in heart and soul, and we now so think and speak in truth, being able to show by scriptural evidence and to convince you that we in past times so believed and preached accordingly.

Having then this faith (from the beginning of the Church and holding it to the end) before God and Christ we anathematize all heretical false doctrine. And if any one, contrary to the right faith of the Scriptures, says the one God of the law and the prophets, but denies Christ to be the Son of God, he is a liar, even as also is his father the devil, and is a Jew falsely so called, being possessed of mere carnal circumcision. If any one confesses Christ Jesus the Lord, but denies the God of the law and of the prophets, saying that the Father of Christ is not the Maker of heaven and earth, he has not continued in the truth any more than his father the devil, and is a disciple of Simon Magus, not of the Holy Spirit. If any one says there is one God, and also confesses Christ Jesus, but thinks the Lord to be a mere man, and not the only-begotten God, and Wisdom, and the Word of God, and deems Him to consist merely of a soul and body, such an one is a serpent, that preaches deceit and error for the destruction of men. And such a man is poor in understanding, even as by name he is an Ebionite, and so also he who says that the Son is; the Archangel Michael and/or consubstantial with the Father and the Spirit a Trinity “three whos in one what” , Unbegotten, Uncreated, the Almighty, let him be accursed. Trinitarianism, Gnosticism, Socinianism or circumcision for the gentile let them be accursed. And if he denies Christ a creation and existence as a living person at the beginning but is a thought only before the world was let him be accursed. Teaching not as the divine Scriptures have handed down as each of the true forenamed creedal statements; and if a man teaches or preaches any thing else contrary to what we have received, let him be accursed.

Ἡμεῖς γὰρ πᾶσι τοῖς ἐκ τῶν θείων γραϕῶν παραδεδομένοις ὑπό τε τῶν προφητῶν καὶ ἀπστόλων ἀληθινῶς καὶ ἐμφόβως καὶ πιστεύομεν καὶ ἀκολουθοῦμεν.

For we truly and clearly both believe and follow all things from the holy Scriptures that have been transmitted to us by the Prophets and Apostles.

This is the Universal Arian faith; which every man should believe truly and firmly.

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Col 1:18 Arianism

When Adam was used to create Eve it did not make Adam God over Eve. After the fall he was given the punishment that her husband would rule over her, this would mean that it was not previously so. So then authority over eve had to be given to Adam it was not something that he automatically got because he was the substance by which she came. So if we take the same scenario and Truth and apply it to Jesus and all things being created in him and through him we see that just because Jesus was used doesn't give him authority over us and it does not make him our God. So for Jesus to get all these things after our fall he accepted the mission to reconcile Humanity back to his God because God always knew that we would fall and need a savior and God made the Savior first. And God use the same here to create us all and all things, which naturally gives him a vested interest in US since we were made out of him personally. And as he lays down his life for us God in turn gave him the inheritance of everything that God has created and the authority over these things. Mainly because every father wants to give to his children a great and full inheritance. But because God himself cannot die he gives it to the son after he shows his worthiness of it. The reason why Jesus is called the image of God is because God is invisible and before he made Christ there was nothing that could see him because nothing existed. And then because God knew he was going to create our universe and us he knew that we would not be worthy to look upon him and so the First Act was to create the beginning the first born of all creation which is Jesus and Jesus is made after his father's kind. Which is why it says that Jesus was in the form of God he was God like in nature like his father. the reason he's called the image of God is because since Jesus is Godlike in nature Jesus was to become the image of God to the rest of the universe. The Bible says that no one has ever seen God at any time that it was the only born God who was revealing him. Now this does not mean that Jesus is the almighty creator of all things God but it's saying that he is the only one born after this God like kind. And because he was born of this kind in this kind of nature he can properly be called a God because that's what he is naturally you would call a human that comes from another human a human no controversy there. So Jesus is the image of God because he is the prophet of God he is the preacher of God he is the messenger of God to the universe. And so when mankind has these encounters with God they believe that they're seeing God Almighty but in reality they're seen his messenger who is his son. And since we cannot look upon God lest we die Jesus is the shaliah or the deputized representative of God and can speak for him. Because it's safe to do so and trust him because Jesus never says anything that the father doesn't say and Jesus only does things that he sees the father do another words God is telling him what to say and do and Jesus is faithful a chosen servant and chronologically the first one. so that's why he's called the image of God, not because he's part of some Trinity and is the face of the trinity. John 1:18 NAS. So if we look at the context of the entire passage from 15 to 20 we see that the theme is that Jesus is first in all things. And the way it shows this is because it shows that he's the firstborn of all creation chronologically first, then it shows that he is before all of the creation because all of them were made through him and it goes in detail talking about what things he was before and how all things were made through him or in him. Then it says that he is before them keeping him chronologically first and also reiterates that in him we all hold together. Next it says not only that he's the first one to resurrect. And then it says and verse 18 that God placed him first in all things. This statement is contradicted by the notion that Jesus is not the first thing made. It's inconsistent with the context to say that Jesus is not the first thing made because the entire context according to verse 18 is that Jesus is first and everything that would include first creation. So contextually the entire intent of what's being said is to show in how many different places Jesus is first and that Jesus is first in all things including being the first creation. so God gives him the inheritance God knew what would happen he sees the end from the beginning and it was always the plan that Jesus would inherit all these things because God knows how faithful and worthy he is and will ever be. But the Fatal mistake that's made is ignoring the word creation and the word all things as Rivers O Feden likes to do. The conversation starts at the beginning of the chapter in Colossians where Paul is candidly speaking to the church and then in verse 12 he reminds the church to thank the father for all he's done for them. And then the conversation starts to focus on Christ, how we get forgiveness via Jesus, just because it mentions Redemption and the father doesn't mean that everything after it is only in the context of the new creation nothing before verse 15 leads us to believe that the focus of this conversation is only about the new creation. This is what is being taken out of context the conversation was casually about them the church and then how they should thank the father for bringing them to Salvation through Christ and then the focus goes on Christ. To take the word Redemption and his existence before verse 15 and demanded everything after it being this context of the new creation is not even a good reason for trying to demand that this entire context talks about the new creation. I think the crazier the claim the easier it is for people to believe but in the context there is nothing that demands that the following versus only talks about the new creation. We have to be honest with ourselves just because an argument sounds good and it satisfies your itching ear doesn't mean that it's right. So the rest of the context is about Jesus and like I said before how is the first in many things the first creation the first Resurrected before all these things in him they all  hold together. It's talking about how he's first and how all things were created through him nothing regardless of how much someone wants to scream that this must only be taken as though talking about the new creation is patently false. The word all things repeated at least 5 times the word created and creation Point towards all things that were created. There is no other way to go with this Jesus is who Paul says Jesus is the firstborn of all creation the image of God in him all things that we can see, that Paul could see, that the church he was writing to could see and the invisible things were all made in him and for him eventually.... After being so worthy.....

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