(This is part nineteen of a multi-entry blog series exploring the Apostles’ Creed.)
This is the last entry about the Apostles’ Creed. The last word of the line is simply:
This word is actually a Hebrew word and it implies truth or steadfastness. According to the Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
, “Since Jews, Christians, and Muslims all use this word in a variety of languages, it may be one of the most widely known words in the world.” It conveys affirmation of a weighty statement or divine commands. In Deuteronomy 27:15-26, God’s people use it as affirmation to His commands. They’re agree with them and agreeing to live by them.
Our lives should reflect this reality. We should live in light of these truths and seek to study them deeper and share them with those around us. We should live as though there is a sovereign Creator-God, we should live as though Jesus came in the flesh, died for our sins, conquered death and will come back in glory. We should live as though the Holy Spirit dwells inside us, giving us the power to live for God instead of ourselves. We should live as though we’ve been forgiven and now belong to a beautiful family of Believers. We should live as though this life is short and temporary. We should live in light of eternity. In a recent sermon, Francis Chan simply said, “My prayer is that your life would make sense in light of eternity.” Does your life reflect the truths of the Apostles’ Creed?
After all, these are some of the core pillars of our faith!
Thus it is fitting to end the Apostles’ Creed with a heartfelt “amen.”
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,
and suffered under Pontius Pilate.
He was crucified, dead, and buried.
He descended into death.
The third day He rose again from the dead,
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father.
He shall come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of the saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
Can I get an “amen”?