We have recited the Apostle’s Creed the last two weeks at Grace Bible Church. Pastor Ken Garrett asked me to “exegete” or explain the creed for four weeks which we began last week. In addition to the short talks I will be giving on Sunday morning I will be posting a brief thought on this blog as well. If you have any questions feel free to ask.
This is the Apostle’s Creed (traditional English version):
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.
And 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, 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.
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.
We discussed the words “I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.” These words confess a few things. First, we don’t believe in gods plural, we believe in one God. This God is our Father. As Father he is the source of all things created, including humanity. We owe our very existence to God.
As Almighty this means there is no deity, spirit, or being who compares in power to God. God is superior over all. God is the sovereign King of the universe.
There were some heretics in the early church who denied that the true God created everything. They argued that matter and physicality were evil and spirit was good alone. This is not the Christian confession. We believe our God to be the same God revealed in the Hebrew Scriptures, in the story of Israel, as the Father of Christ Jesus.
God created all things and determined their purposes. In Genesis 1 he calls his aristic work “good” over and over again. Our God made all things and he loves his physical, material creation. It is his grand design.
Some people argue today that God is completely divorced from the creation of our world. While Christians have different views of how God went about brining creation into being and setting creation in order we do not deny that God is the Creator. As the Creed say, God is “Maker of heaven and earth.”
God is responsible for both the physical world (earth) you see and the invisible realm that you do not see (heaven).
What does this mean for Christians? It means we can be thankful for the creation we see around us. We are pleased to know its Creator. The cosmos have a purpose and God the Father is the source of all things.