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The Apostle's Creed
I Believe In God, The Father Almighty,
Creator Of Heaven And Earth.
I Believe In Jesus Christ, His Only Son, Our Lord.
He Was Conceived By The Power Of The Holy Spirit
And Born Of The Virgin Mary.
He Suffered Under Pontius Pilate,
Was Crucified, Died, And Was Buried.
He Descended To The Dead.
On The Third Day He Rose Again.
He Ascended Into Heaven,
And Is Seated At The Right Hand Of The Father.
He Will Come Again To Judge The Living 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.
(Note: The Holy Catholic Church is not a reference to the Roman Catholic Church but to the universal body of Christ made up of true believers. The word catholic comes from the Greek word katholikos and means “according to the whole” or “universal”.)
The Apostles’ Creed, the statement of faith summarizing the basic truths of Christianity, is recited in many churches in their Sunday services. Examples include: Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, and Episcopalian . While the creed is true and orthodox, the mere recitation of it does not make a person a Christian any more than reciting the Oath of Office makes someone the President. Whether It be the Apostles’, Nicene, or Athanasian Creed, the reality is that these creeds are recited by thousands, perhaps millions of people who are unconverted and still spiritually dead in their trespasses and sins. The most profound theological truths in the world have no power to save an individual, for on Calvary 2000 years ago it wasn’t a creed that was nailed to a cross but Jesus Christ. People need to realize they must be converted to Christ, not to a particular denomination which recites a particular creed every Sunday. A person may recite a creed externally with their lips and inwardly have a heart that is dead to Jesus. God isn’t interested in cold religious formalism made up of creeds and rituals. Jesus rebuked the religious rulers and leaders of His day for their false, outward piety and ritualism when He said, “Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophecy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.” (Matthew 15:7-8)
What about you? Would Jesus say this to you if He saw you face to face as you entered into your church Sunday morning? Are you trusting in the participation of the rituals and creeds of your church as evidence that you are on your way to heaven? Are you going to church every Sunday simply because it is tradition to do so? Do you believe that going to church on Sunday means you are a Christian?
While some people may be impressed with beautiful churches, profound creeds, and fancy religious services, God is not, “for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7) The LORD God is searching your heart this very moment to see whether or not you are the genuine article; that is, have you truly been converted to Christ.
Time To Get Real !
Are you ready to get your heart right with Christ for real? Are you ready to stop “playing religion”? If you are, then get your salvation nailed down today. Renounce any trust you have in the externals of religion, and receive Christ into your heart once and for all. The Bible declares that we are saved from our sins based upon faith alone in Christ, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
(Ephesians 2:8-9) Nobody can work their way to heaven through good deeds. Nobody will be able to appear before the throne of God and boast of their good works and religious heritage. “Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.”
The apostle John tells us that we become children of God when we receive Christ by faith, not through the externals of religion. “But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus .” (John 1:12 & Galatians 3:26) This is the only route to heaven. Religious creeds, sacraments, and ceremonies have no power to save anyone from hell nor can they contribute to Christ’s death on the cross for us. Salvation is in Him alone! Make your choice. Will you trust in the externals of religion or the indwelling presence of Christ in your heart? Turn from your sins, put your full trust in the resurrected Savior, and become a Christian. (Remember: Christian means, Christ in, us)