A Case for the Worship of the Son of God:
Reflecting on the Nicene Creed
by Tami Jelinek
This paper is a short reflection on the original Nicene Creed of 325, which specifically addresses what the creed is saying about Jesus Christ, the Son of God, His relationship to God the Father, and His relationship to human beings. It also briefly names and addresses the issues that concerned the bishops at Nicea at that time. The paper concludes with a modern paraphrase of the second stanza, motivated by pastoral as well as doctrinal considerations.
The Nicene Creed of 325 CE:
Tami Jelinek is a part-time senior care giving coordinator and full-time seminarian, currently working toward her Master of Divinity degree. Tami and her husband of twenty-six years, Keith, reside in Auburn Hills, Michigan. They have three grown children. Tami’s personal passion is theology: the knowledge and experience of the Truth and Mercy found only in the person and work of Jesus Christ, and displayed in the lives and communion of His people. Exploring portraits of Christ and His kingdom in the Old Testament is the primary focus of her studies. Tami and Keith enjoy traveling, and love to fill their home with friends and family who share their fondness for good food, good wine, and great conversation.