For the next little while, we’ll be looking at the Apostles’ Creed. You can find it below. And, if you’d not, I’d encourage you to memorize it. It’s a great thing for all of us to have committed to memory:
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
We mentioned last week that the Creed itself is a statement of our belief in the Holy Trinity. The first section of the Creed refers to the First Person of the Trinity, God the Father. The second section of the Trinity refers to the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, God the Son, Jesus Christ. And when we get there, the third section of the Creed will refer to the Third Person of the Holy Trinity, God the Holy Spirit.
This section will unpack the details we believe about Jesus, the virgin birth, His suffering and death, ascension, return, and all these things. But today, I think it is important for us to focus on that simple truth. We believe in Jesus, His only Son, our Lord.
Once again, the language of Father/Son is language of the relationship between the Father and Son; this shows the Love between the two. To speak of God being love is, by it’s very nature, an affirmation of the Holy Trinity. One cannot “be” love unless there is another “to” love. For the Father to be Love means that there is another, a son, who is eternal and has always existed that He is love.
We do not believe that Jesus came into existence at His birth. He, like the Father, and the Spirit, has always been. The Father, the Son, and the Spirit perfectly love one another, and through our salvation, we can know that love.
Our very salvation is a Trinitarian act. We are reconciled to the Father, by the Son, through the Spirit. We are brought up into that love that each person of the Trinity has for the other.
We believe that Jesus Christ is, that He is the Son of God and that He is Lord. That is ultimately the Gospel; Jesus is Lord. Every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess. He is Lord, and we live under His Lordship, following, obeying, loving, teaching. He is Lord. Not the preacher, not a religious leader. Jesus.
It is our job as leaders (speaking for myself) for us to point others to Jesus, not ourselves. And it is all of our jobs, s Christians, to point others to Jesus daily.
He is Lord.
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