6th August 2017

Beneath Our Feet 

“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!”
Romans 11:33 (NIV UK) 

In 2013 archæologists in the Cappadocian region of Turkey made an astounding find: a series of underground churches buried under a Byzantine-era fortress. These small chapels contained icons and ancient frescoes, giving archæologists a glimpse into a fascinating and integral chapter in the story of Christianity, where a trio of Church leaders known as the “Cappadocian Fathers” helped shape a foundational tenet of our faith that to this day is still spoken aloud in millions of churches around the world.

The Cappadocian Fathers were Basil the Great, his younger brother Gregory of Nyssa, and their close friend, Gregory of Nazianzus. These three young men set out to prove that their Christian faith could hold its own against the intellectual ideals of the Greeks. They dedicated themselves to a life of academic rigor and monastic devotion to Biblical truth. And their diligence as scholars paid off at the Council of Constantinople in ad 381, where they articulated a concrete conception of the Trinity still used today: we know it as the Nicene Creed. See if you recognise it: 

“We believe in one God, the Father, Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.
We believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, begotten from the Father before all ages, Light from Light, true, God from true God, begotten not made, of one substance with the Father, through whom all things came into existence. For us and for our salvation by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary and became. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures and ascended to heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father, and will come again in glory to judge living and dead, and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and life-giver who proceeds from the Father, Who with the Father and the Son is together worshipped and together glorified, Who spoke through the prophets; in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins; we look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.”

Their clarification helped settle once and for all the heretical beliefs of Arianism, and acted as the church’s statement of faith regarding the Trinity. And here at GCI, we’re thankful for the legacy these Church Fathers have passed on. We want to make sure that this important doctrine is never buried or forgotten again. For more information on The Trinity, visit our website ww.gci.org. We hope you stop by and check us out!

Majestic Father, you have and continue to reveal yourself to us so that, in our time, we can know you better. Thank you for the heritage of time and also the vision you have given us of the future you have mapped out for us. We pray in Jesus’ name.

Study by Joseph Tkach


About the Author:
Joseph Tkach is the President of Grace Communion International (the Denominational name of The Worldwide Church of God UK), and resides in California, USA.

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S.E.P. is a two-week summer activity camp that takes place on the bank of Loch Lomond, Scotland. It is sponsored and run by the Worldwide Church of God UK, a part of Grace Communion International. The camp is Christian in ethos but accepts campers from all denominations and faiths. For more information about S.E.P. visit www.sepuk.org

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