Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Person of Jesus in the Nicene Creed [Video; Transcript]

Welcome to The Table. We discuss issues of God and culture. I’m Darrell Bock, executive director for cultural engagement at the Hendricks Center at Dallas Theological Seminary. My guest today is Scott Horrell, Dr. Horrell, who is professor of systematic theology here at Dallas Seminary. We’ve been colleagues a long time and he’s a veteran of foreign wars here on The Table. We’ve had him for many different topics, and today we’re discussing the Nicene Creed and in particular, we’re looking at the part of the confession that deals with the son, and particularly the person of the son. We will be dealing with the works of the son later.

Let me read this part of the creed and then we’re literally gonna go through it kind of a line at a time. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, so that note, before we even start, that begins and assumes the very beginning of the creed. We believe in one God and in one Lord Jesus Christ. Those are how those two kind of attach to each other because in the creed, the confession of the one God of course extends to the Father, Son, and Spirit. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, begotten from the Father before all ages, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten not made, of the same essence as the Father. And then the transition, towards his work, through Whom all things were made for us and for our salvation. And then we get into the list of His things that related to His incarnation. That’s the first half of the creed.

If you look at the creed, the discussion of the Father is very short. The discussion of the Spirit and all other things is relatively short, but the discussion of the Son is quite long and of course this tells us the background of the creed. So Scott, my opening question for you is let’s talk about the background of the creed, what it’s dealing with and why this middle section of the creed is so long. Watch Now

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