The communion of saints. It’s perhaps the most overlooked part of the Apostles’ Creed. Millions of Christians recite this creed every week, without stopping to think of what it means to say we believe in “the communion of saints.” When Protestants use the term communion of saints, they often intend it to mean the connection […]Read more "The Apostles’ Creed, Part Eight: The Communion of Saints"
I believe in the Holy Spirit. So much is contained in those six words. It used to bother me that the Apostles’ Creed seems to say so little about the Holy Spirit, compared to what it says about Jesus. More recently, however, I have come to see that the creed actually does say a lot […]Read more "The Apostles’ Creed, Part Seven: “I Believe in the Holy Spirit”"
The last thing the Apostles’ Creed tells us about Jesus is that “He will come again to judge the living and the dead.” The parousia (or second coming) of Christ has been the subject of much fascination over the last two millennia; and it’s spawned a seemingly endless amount of speculation of just when Jesus […]Read more "The Apostles’ Creed, Part Six: “He Will Come Again to Judge the Living and the Dead”"
The resurrection of Jesus is probably the most essential tenet of Christianity. A person can be a Christian without believing everything in the Bible, or everything that a particular church tradition teaches. A person can have any number of understandings of Jesus’ atoning death and still be a Christian. A person can even question […]Read more "The Apostles’ Creed, Part Five: “On the Third Day He Rose Again”"
Right after telling us that Jesus was “born of the virgin Mary,” the Apostles’ Creed goes on to say, “He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.” For a long time, it bothered me that this creed (and the Nicene Creed in a similar fashion) skips over so much of Jesus’ […]Read more "The Apostles’ Creed, Part Four: “He Suffered Under Pontius Pilate”"
The virgin birth is a foundational part of Christianity for many people; but it’s not always clear why. Many have said that Jesus had to born of a virgin in order to be free from original sin – which is often believed to be transmitted through family lineage. But how would taking an earthly […]Read more "The Apostles’ Creed, Part Three: “Born of the Virgin Mary”"
The second line of the Apostles’ Creed reads, “I believe in Jesus Christ, His (God’s) only Son, our Lord.” Just like the first line of the creed (“I believe in God the Father”), there’s a lot packed into this short sentence. The term Christ literally means “anointed one.” It’s the Greek equivalent of the […]Read more "The Apostles’ Creed, Part Two: “I Believe in Jesus Christ”"