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Scripture:

  • 1 Timothy 3:14-16

One of the best statements of the foundational truths of the Christian faith is The Apostles’ Creed:

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, He is seated at the right hand of Father, and He will come 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.

While the Apostles’ Creed isn’t inspired scripture, it does contain a vast, inexhaustible storehouse of spiritual truth.

Simply reciting a creed can become cold and lifeless. But, singing the truth introduces warmth and emotion.  A small fragment of a hymn sung by early Christians can be found in 1 Timothy 3:16.

  • He was manifested in the flesh (John 1:1).  This is the incarnation of Jesus Christ which we have celebrated this month of Advent. Jesus is at one and the same time fully God, and fully man.
  • Vindicated by the Spirit.  At Jesus’ resurrection His perfect righteousness was affirmed.
  • Seen by Angels.  Angels were involved in Jesus’ earthly life from beginning to end.  Now in glory, Jesus is adored by the voices of an unnumbered angelic hosts.
  • Proclaimed among the nations.  Before Jesus ascended to heaven, He gave His disciples a commission to spread the truth about Him to all the world.
  • Believed on in the world.  (John 1:10-12)
  • Taken up in glory.  Jesus is now enthroned in the place of power and authority.  (Hebrews 1:3)