Creeds are concise formulations and summaries of core
biblical doctrines. Thus, the source of all true creeds (beliefs) come
from the Bible, and the entire Bible contributes to our creeds (2Tim 3:16).
That said, I've picked out some scripture passages that I think could be
considered as good examples of creeds or confessions (or declarations of faith)
based on their content and formulaic language.
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.
2 Samuel 7:28
O Sovereign LORD, you are God! Your words are trustworthy, and you have promised these good
things to your servant.
1 Kings 18:39
When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, "The LORD--he is God!
The LORD--he is God!"
The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting
to everlasting you are God.
O LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you
have done marvelous things, things planned long ago.
I prayed to the LORD my God and confessed: "O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps his
covenant of love with all who love him and obey his commands".
O LORD, are you not from everlasting?
Simon Peter answered, "You [Jesus] are the Christ, the Son of the living God".
Then Nathanael declared, "Rabbi [Jesus], you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel".
Simon Peter answered him [Jesus], "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We
believe and know that you are the Holy One of God".
Thomas said to him [Jesus], "My Lord and my God".
The God of our fathers raised Jesus from the dead--whom you had killed by hanging him on a
tree. God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might give repentance and forgiveness of sins to
Israel. We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.
They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved--you and your household".
who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from
the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.
1 Corinthians 8:6
Yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is
but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.
1 Corinthians 12:3
Therefore I tell you that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, "Jesus be cursed," and no one
can say, "Jesus is Lord," except by the Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 15:3-7
For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to
the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter, and
then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still
living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as
to one abnormally born.
Who [Jesus], being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself
nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself
and became obedient to death--even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is
above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created:
things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created
through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church;
he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased
to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven,
by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
1 Thessalonians 4:14-17
We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus
those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the
coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud
command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who
are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the
1 Timothy 3:16
Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great: He [Jesus] appeared in a body, was vindicated by
the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.
1 Timothy 6:15-16
God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in
unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see.
while we wait for the blessed hope--the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave
himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
1 John 4:2
This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has
come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God.
To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great
joy--to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore!