- 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)