The Apostles’ Creed is an affirmation of things which are mainly held among Christians, and which are undoubtedly founded upon the contents of the Holy Scripture. I have rehearsed, cited, and prayed this creed from my childhood and whenever I repeat the creed I assert that I accept and approve of all the statements that it covers. I do not merely give a mental consent to the facts articulated in the creed because the scripture makes it clear that Faith without works is dead. (John H. 60). My belief depends on the facts found in the scripture, and also on my personal experience of salvation. I know I have been born again spiritually; my faith rests on the spiritual encounter with God as interpreted by scripture, not merely on an intellectual assent to the scriptures and doctrines expressed by the Apostles’ Creed.
The creed starts with the greatest and universally accepted Christian statement “I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.” (William Barclay 11) The statement that God is Almighty implies that all beings are governed and controlled by Him and therefore this makes me wake up every morning with a prayer of thanksgiving for the day that God has given me and His mighty presence during my daily activities. Whenever I repeat the words of the creed I personally affirm that I have an almighty God and Father who is in charge of all things on earth and heaven above. I also agree that even those things that seem to oppose and resist His authority are still under His government. Rebellion serves but to make His omnipotence more apparent, for “He causeth the wrath of man to praise Him, and the remainder of wrath He restraineth.” (John H. Leith.74).Therefore by my belief in God, and the belief that He is the creator of heaven and the earth; I am charged daily with being, thinking and acting only as He has taught me through the years as one of His precious and great creations. To know my creator in this way is very simple to me but difficulties arise when I try to conceal the sins that I commit with excuses to the only God who knows everything about my life. I believe that is the greatest message for me as a Christian that is placed before me daily: to let Him guide me with His love and compassion for He has mighty plans for me.
And in Jesus Christ his only son our Lord, who was conceived of the Holy Ghost, born of Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried.
The expected Messiah come to the world bearing with Him from heaven a message of salvation for all mankind and the creed shows me that because of my sinful nature God send His only begotten son to suffer the wrath on my behalf so that I could finally live in perfection with Him. I personally believe that Jesus Christ became incarnate through the conception of the Holy Spirit and birth by the Virgin Mary. I believe that Jesus died as a substitutionary atonement for the sins of the world; and that, after Christ’s resurrection and ascension into heaven, on Pentecost, God came to the Church in the form of the Holy Spirit, the Comforter promised by Christ.
Because of these acts by an Almighty God, I am humbled that He chooses to relate to me as Father as well as King of my life. This is the greatest love from God who made me and who knows my daily failures, but gives me grace only through Christ. Although this world is full of misery and anguish, I am fully assured that He who suffered on my behalf will understand and sympathize with me and that He provides me with boldness and confidence as I daily draw nigh to the throne of grace.
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 will come to judge the quick and the dead.
This is part of the Creed gives me great hope, security and constant, abiding love in God! When I go to sleep every single night, I know that I have not lived up to each challenge but God has blessed me by sending Christ who is my intercessor. I take great comfort in knowing that for me, and everyone else of His creation who has gone before me and for everyone who comes after me, Christ himself sits at my God’s right hand and tenderly says ‘Father, please remember to see her and her sins through me and my death on the cross. I marched the same path and did not commit any sin but I suffered and died for her sins, not mine, according to your great plan.’ (John H. Leith.64) For me, His intersession gives me the hope and strength to treasure each new day I am given and to strive to be a better person today than I was yesterday or even just a minute ago.
I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting, Amen.
I believe that the born-again believers from every denomination and creed of the Catholic Church consist of the supernatural Body of Christ on earth, forming a spiritual unity that disproves our obvious disunity. I for sure know that Christ will return from His position at the right hand of the Father to judge the living and the dead. I believe that God the Holy Ghost lives within the saints; my spiritual birth, along with that of many others of the communion of saints stands as the most profound fact of my life. His presence in believers testifies to the fact of His forgiveness. His grace came to me and the rest of those who believe in Him by faith in what we accept as facts: our sinfulness, His sacrifice, and His forgiveness. I believe the ending of the Creed is where God calls me to live out His words rather than to just recite them or find personal comfort in them.
If I want God’s grace and His love, then I am called on to declare His gifts and to then state publicly His assurances. To proclaim that I believe in the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins and the resurrection of the body is my another feature of God calling to me as a person of faith every day. The Father and His only son my Lord Jesus have given me the same task as was put on the original apostles’, to go throughout the whole world and proclaim the good news of salvation to all creatures. Forgiveness of Sins is the gift and guarantee of God that Jesus Christ, the Saviour, has broken the separation between God and me that was brought about by sin and I am filled with joy for Jesus has brought me to God through His sinless life, His suffering and death, and His bodily resurrection from the dead. I am thus consoled in knowing of this gift of forgiveness that guarantees me of eternal life in heaven and deliverance from eternal condemnation in hell. (George 54).
To sum up I believe that the God Who led the Church to accept the Apostles’ Creed lives and works whether human beings believe or not. Those who believe in God will believe by faith what cannot be proved literally. Those who refuse to believe would continue in unbelief regardless of awesome proof to the presence and working of God in the Church. Jesus clearly said that those who believe without seeing are blessed and therefore if anyone asks my opinion of the Apostles’ Creed, I can honestly say I believe in it.
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