Affirming the Apostles' Creed by J. I. Packer

By J. I. Packer

Famous Bible student J. I. Packer examines each one word of the Apostles' Creed, inviting readers to dive additional into the necessities of the Christian religion. The Apostles' Creed is the oldest and such a lot fantastically succinct precis of Christian ideals. although frequently recited in unison in the course of worship providers, this nice creed starts with the word "I believe," making it a deeply own career of religion. hence it merits own recognition and exam from each believer. In putting forward the Apostles' Creed (an excerpt from becoming 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 functional, this ebook offers Christians with a place to begin for knowing and making use of the uncomplicated tenets of Christianity. each one concise bankruptcy serves as an invitation to dive extra into the creed-and hence, into the necessities of the Christian faith-by concluding with dialogue questions and Bible passages for extra learn.

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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). boe! opx! pg! svmf! dmbjn/ “Our Lord” follows straight from this. If Jesus is God the Son, our co-creator, and is also Christ, the anointed saviorking, now risen from death and reigning (sitting, as the Creed puts it, “on the right hand of God the Father almighty,” in the place of authority and power), then he has a right to rule us, and we have no right to resist his claim.

Human families, by their very constitution, reflect the Father-Son relationship in heaven, and parent-child relationships should express a love that corresponds to the mutual love of Father and Son in the Godhead. B EPQUJPO The second connection in which the New Testament speaks of God as Father has to do with the believing sinner’s adoption into the life of God’s family. This is a supernatural gift of grace, linked with justification and new birth, given freely by God and received humbly by faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

If Jesus is God the Son, our co-creator, and is also Christ, the anointed saviorking, now risen from death and reigning (sitting, as the Creed puts it, “on the right hand of God the Father almighty,” in the place of authority and power), then he has a right to rule us, and we have no right to resist his claim. As he invaded space and time in Palestine nearly two thousand years ago, so he invades our personal space and time today, with the same purpose of love that first brought him to earth. “Come, follow me” was his word then, and it is so still.

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