The Apostolic Creed[a]

I believe in God the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth[1]; and in Jesus Christ his only Son[2], our Lord[3]; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost[4], born of the Virgin Mary[5]; suffered under Pontius Pilate[6], was crucified[7], dead[8], and buried[9]; he descended into hell[10]: the third day he rose again from the dead[11]; he ascended into heaven[12], and sitteth on the right hand of God[13] the Father almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead[14]. I believe in the Holy Ghost[15]; the holy catholic church[16]; the communion of saints[17]; the forgiveness of sins[18]; the resurrection of the body[19]; and the life everlasting[20]. Amen.



[1] Genesis 1:1 (KJV) 1In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.


[2] Matthew 3:16-17 (KJV) 16And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:  17And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.


John 3:16 (KJV) 16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.


[3] Romans 10:9 (KJV) 9That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.


[4] Luke 1:34-35 (KJV) 34Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?  35And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.


[5] Matthew 1:18 (KJV) 18Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.


[6] Mark 15:15 (KJV) 15And so Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them, and delivered Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified.


[7] Mark 15:25 (KJV) 25And it was the third hour, and they crucified him.


[8] John 19:33-34 (KJV) 33But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs: 34But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.


[9] Luke 23:52 (KJV) 52This man went unto Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. 53And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid.


[10] Acts 2:31 (KJV) 31He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.


Ephesians 4:8-10 (KJV) 8Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. 9(Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? 10He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)


1st  Peter 3:18-19 (KJV)  18For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: 19By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;


[11] Luke 24:1-7 (KJV) 1Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. 2And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. 3And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. 4And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: 5And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?  6He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, 7Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.


[12] Luke 24:51 (KJV) 51And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.


[13] Colossians 3:1 (KJV) 1If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.


[14] 2 Timothy 4:1 (KJV)1I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;


[15] John 14:26 (KJV) 26But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.


[16] Catholic: A transliteration of the Greek katholikos, “throughout the whole.”  Indicating availability of salvation for all peoples.  Not to be confused with Roman Catholic, referring strictly to the Roman Catholic denomination.  Some churches have taken to replacing the word catholic with Christian when reciting the creed.


[17] 1 Corinthians 11:26 (KJV) 26For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord’s death till he come.


[18] 1 John 1:9 (KJV) 9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.


[19] Revelation 20:6 (KJV) 6Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.


[20] Revelation 21:4 (KJV) 4And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

[a] Bible proofs prepared by Steve Rindahl ( Copyright 2001. All rights reserved.