The historic creed of the Apostles’ Creed dates to 325 A.D. and is still used in many Christian congregations and missions around the world as a clear and Biblical confession of the divine person and purpose of Jesus Christ.
The Apostles’ Creed
I believe 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.
What does this mean?
I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from eternity and also true man, born of the Virgin Mary, is my Lord,
Who has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, purchased and won me from all sins, from death and from the power of the devil; not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood and with His innocent suffering and death,
That I may be His own and live under Him in His kingdom and serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence and blessedness,
Even as He is risen from the dead, lives and reigns to all eternity.
This is most certainly true.
The Lutheran Reformers commemorated the naming of Jesus on January 1st as an occasion to preach the theology of His divine identity and purpose. Announced by angels which witnessed to His divine incarnation, “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus,” and named to indicate His divine purpose, “because He will save His people from their sin.” (Matthew 1:21). The Evangelists echo the teaching of the two natures of Jesus as true God and true man in the preaching of the Church, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12). The Apostles’ Creed also acknowledges Jesus as Christ, or Messiah, because “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power.” (Acts 10:38). The Creed upholds the believers oneness with Jesus through faith and at the same time is a statement of oneness in the earthly fellowship with all true believers.
The weeks following the festive worship of the incarnation of Christ at Christmas, offers an occasion to reflect on the Divine Person and Purpose of Jesus Christ and how His life, death and resurrection affects our own person and purpose. For more information or to discuss how His life can change yours call or visit us for Sunday worship.