GodReflection: I Believe.
Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19).
What would you say if you were Jesus The Truth, had direct access to The Holy, and only had less than six weeks to give final instructions to those you love prior to your removal from their sight? That was the task of Jesus after his resurrection until his final ascension back to Father God. Over a period of forty days, he appears to various individuals and to his apostles to communicate concluding instructions and confirm his newly alive status. One of those last directives is recorded by Matthew, “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19).
What we have come to know as The Apostles’ Creed, most likely, grew out of this imperative. Listen to the following statement of belief used as a compass point for millions of believers for the past nineteen hundred years.
I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, 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 sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From there He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit. I believe in a Holy Church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.
To review a theme that runs through previous posts in this I Believe series, The Apostle Creed is no more than a concise memory tool to help believers remember the significance of the acts of the Holy tied to the cross event.
This is a belief affirmation statement used across the history of the church. However, little is known about its origin. The earliest form I cite above, seems to have appeared about one hundred forty years after the birth of Jesus. Later around A.D. 390 the title of Apostle Creed is first used.
We don’t know who was involved to tag the apostle title to the credal declaration. Nor do we know who or how many were present to the draft the statement. I can’t image how many millions have read and believed this brief creed over past centuries of the church. So here we are, not sure who wrote it—but they believed—and me too.
Once again, when I reach for the Bible on my shelf and see that that it covers almost two thousand pages from Genesis to Revelation to tell the story of God and our reality; I can appreciate the role short belief affirmations play to help us keep our focus on the Holy.
As I bring today’s post to a close, I pause long enough to read the creed one more time (remember Credo is translated—I Believe) —and yes, it remains a declaration to which I can gladly sound a hardy Amen.
Not a bad reminder of why we find ourselves where God has placed us on planet earth, don’t you think? So here we are, not sure who wrote it—but they believed—and me too.
Dr. Gary J. Sorrells
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Good article my friend and brother…thank you…Ken