By J. I. Packer
Famous Bible student J. I. Packer examines every one word of the Apostles' Creed, inviting readers to dive extra into the necessities of the Christian religion. The Apostles' Creed is the oldest and such a lot superbly succinct precis of Christian ideals. notwithstanding usually recited in unison in the course of worship companies, this nice creed starts off with the word "I believe," making it a deeply own career of religion. therefore it merits own realization and exam from each believer. In maintaining the Apostles' Creed (an excerpt from turning out to be in Christ) famous Bible pupil and writer J. I. Packer explains the that means and implications of every word of this creed. either theologically sound and sensible, this e-book offers Christians with a kick off point for realizing and utilizing the uncomplicated tenets of Christianity. every one concise bankruptcy serves as an invitation to dive additional into the creed-and for this reason, into the necessities of the Christian faith-by concluding with dialogue questions and Bible passages for additional learn.
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Thine is the power; behold, I sit In willing bonds before thy feet. M PSE Jesus, who is the Christ (says the Creed), is God’s only Son. This identifies Mary’s boy as the second person of the eternal Trinity, the Word who was the Father’s agent in making the world and sustaining it right up to the present (John 1:1–4; Colossians 1:13–20; Hebrews 1:1–3). Staggering? Yes, certainly, but this identification is the heart of Christianity. Disjtu word of God became a human being and lived among us” (John 1:14, Phillips).
When the gospel of Christ is analyzed, the truth of the Trinity proves to be its foundation and framework. It was only through the work of grace, which centers on the Incarnation, that the one God was seen to be plural. No wonder, then, if those who do not believe in the work of grace doubt the truth of the Trinity too. But this is the God of the Creed. Is this, now, the God whom we worship? Or have we too fallen victims to idolatry? EJTDVTTJPO UÊÊ7 >ÌÊ`iÃÊÌÊi>ÊÌÊÃ>Þ\ÊºÊÌ iÊ LiÊÌ iÊ}Ài>ÌÊ`Û`iÊÃÊ between those who believe in the Christian God and those who serve idols”?
Jnbhft-!! xjui!! ” This “name” appears in three connections. ; see also 6:3). The name means “I am who I am” or “I will be what I will be” (ESV, text and margin). Jo It declares God’s almightiness: he cannot be hindered from being what he is and doing what he wills. ” The Creed echoes this emphasis when it speaks of God the Father almighty. Second, God “proclaimed the name of the LORD” to Moses by delineating his moral character—“a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity .
Affirming the Apostles' Creed by J. I. Packer