The Apostle’s Creed: Its Relevance

7 05 2014

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth. 

And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. 

I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. AMEN.



1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

 

Introduction- Timothy made a “good confession” of his faith. Perhaps this is when he was baptized, repeating something similar to the Apostle’s Creed. The oldest copy of the Creed is called the Old Latin Form, dating back to 140AD. It was tweaked to its present form by the 6th century. Certain religious traditions have tweaked it even more. The word “creed” is from the Latin word “credo, I believe”. It was never meant to be exhaustive but a brief and simple summary. Ignatius, student of John the Apostle and pastor of the Antioch church has expressions of the Creed in his, as well as those taken from Scripture (2Timothy 2:8, 4: 1).

Apostles’ Creed

 1.  I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:
• The existence of God as Father, Almighty, Creator
• The Gnostics held that the universe was evil and God did not make it

2.  And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord:
• Jesus Christ is God of God, Lord of lords
• Jesus Christ is our Lord, the One we serve and obey

3. Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary:
• The virgin birth of Jesus
• The human and divine natures of Jesus expressed
• The Gnostics believed that God would never inhabit such an evil vessel as the human body

4. Suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried: He descended into hell:
• Identification of Christ with history. Pilate was Procurator (governor) of Judah 26-36AD
• The gospel as declared in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4
• Jesus really was dead, the rumors to the contrary are false ( see Matthew 28;13-15)
• Hell- Hades, the realm of the dead (see Psalm 16:10, Acts 2:31). Jesus went to “paradise” after His death (Luke 23:43) and lead captivity captive (see Psalm 68:18, Ephesians 4:8).

5. The third day he rose again from the dead:
• Jesus is alive, we serve a risen Savior

6. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty:
• His rightful place, He sits as God ruling with the Father Almighty
• He not only descended, He also ascended
• Authority is given to Him as Lord

7. From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead:
• Jesus is coming again
• Jesus is judge of all
• Quick- The living ( see 1 Peter 4:5)

8. I believe in the Holy Ghost:
• The Trinity now complete with the Father and the Son
• Acknowledging the work of the Holy Spirit in the church
• The Gnostics believed the Holy Spirit to be a power and not a person

9. The holy catholic Church: the communion of Saints:
• The church is holy (set apart) and catholic (universal)
• The Gnostics believed that the message of truth was reserved for a select few
• The need of fellowship in the church (see Acts 2:42)

10. The forgiveness of sins:
• God knows our nature and offers forgiveness (grace)

11. The resurrection of the body:
• The body is not evil but will be reunited with the soul
• The Gnostics believed that the body was evil
• We will have a resurrected body as the resurrected Christ

12. And the life everlasting. Amen.
• This life is not all there is
• We are not meant for time, but for eternity

Conclusion- The Apostles Creed has endured the test of time and is still relevant for today.

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