One early confessional creed is 1 Tim. 3:16^10 (sometimes referred to as a “Christ-hymn”^11 ), which gives a brief recital of both the human and divine Jesus: Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of our religion:

He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the nations, believed on in the world,

2 Ibid., pp. 57–58, 63–64.

3 Ibid., p. 32.

4 Ibid., pp. 22–23, 28, 55, 57–62. Cf. Bultmann, Theology of the New Testament, vol. 1, pp. 27, 125, 131, 175, 298; Neufeld, The Earliest Christian Confessions(Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1964), pp. 9, 49, 57, 61; Fuller, Foundations, pp. 204–206, 221–225, 248; Pannenberg, Jesus, pp. 366–367.