The creeds of the early church affirmed the belief in the resurrection at the last day. Here, in part, is quoted the Nicene Creed of the year 381AD. (Portions particularly relevant to the current study are in UPPERCASE.)
THE NICENE CREED (381 A.D.)
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ…
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 LOOK FOR THE RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD,
AND THE LIFE OF THE WORLD TO COME. Amen.
The Nicene Creed states —
Jesus was crucified, he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again… he ascended into heaven…
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead…
We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
The Creed portrays a clear progression of events from the crucifixion of our Lord, to His death, burial, resurrection, ascension, to His coming again in judgement, the resurrection of the dead, and life of the world to come.
Chronological Order of Events
- The crucifixion of Jesus Christ
- His death
- His burial
- His resurrection
- His ascension
- His future coming in judgement
- The resurrection of the dead
- The life of the world to come
The words of the Nicene Creed support Scripture. They confirm that Jesus died, that He was buried, and rose again. They confirm belief in the still future resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.