By J. I. Packer
Famous Bible pupil J. I. Packer examines each 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 so much fantastically succinct precis of Christian ideals. notwithstanding 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. therefore it merits own awareness and exam from each believer. In putting forward the Apostles' Creed (an excerpt from transforming into in Christ) famous Bible student and writer J. I. Packer explains the which means and implications of every word of this creed. either theologically sound and sensible, this publication offers Christians with a kick off point for realizing and utilizing the simple tenets of Christianity. each one concise bankruptcy serves as an invitation to dive extra into the creed-and therefore, into the necessities of the Christian faith-by concluding with dialogue questions and Bible passages for extra research.
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Does the adjective matter? Yes, a great deal. It points to the basic Bible fact that God is the Lord, the King, the omnipotent one who reigns over his world. Note the ecstatic joy with which God’s sovereign rule is proclaimed and praised in (for instance) Psalms 93, 96, 97, 99:1–5, and 103. Men treat God’s sovereignty as a theme for controversy, but in Scripture it is matter for worship. We need to realize that you cannot rightly understand God’s ways at any point until you see them in the light of his sovereignty.
UÊÊ7 >ÌÊÃÊÌ iÊL>ÃVÊi>}ÊvÊ`½ÃÊ>iÊi Û> ¶Ê7 >ÌÊ does it tell us about him? UÊÊ7 ÞÊ``Ê ÀÃÌÊ`ÀiVÌÊ ÃÊ`ÃV«iÃÊÌÊL>«ÌâiÊºÊÌ iÊ>iÊ [singular] of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”? Gbuifs@!! Bmnjhiuz J n any church where saying the Creed is part of the worship service it is likely that God’s fatherhood will have been cel- ebrated in song (“Glory be to the Father . ”) before the Creed is said, for it is a theme that with a sure instinct hymn-writers have always highlighted.
D SFBUJPO Clearly, when the Creed speaks of “God the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth,” it has in immediate view the fact that we and all things besides depend on God as Creator for our existence, every moment. Now to call creatorship fatherhood is not unscriptural: it echoes both the Old Testament— Malachi 2:10, “Have we not all one Father? ” Nonetheless, both these quotations come from passages threatening divine judgment, and Paul’s evangelistic sermon at Athens makes it very clear that though the offspring relationship implies an obligation to seek, worship, and obey God and makes one answerable to him at the end of the day, it does not imply his favor and acceptance where repentance for past sins and faith in Christ are lacking (see the whole speech, verses 22–31).