The Apostles Creed


We learn the most important truths of our Christian faith in the Three Articles of Faith, called the Apostles Creed. The Articles of Faith teach us about the triune God, His will and works. We believe that God, the Father of Jesus Christ is also our Father, and that we can trust him in all things. We believe in a Triune God because the one God reveals Himself in three Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost who are perfectly equal in all things. God is almighty, and by His Word He made heaven and earth and all that exists. God permits men to sin, but sets limits to their sin, and guides all things for good to those who believe.


God’s ways are often hidden from our eyes, but we know that even then they are the kindest and the best; we place all our affairs in God’s care who protects us from all danger and guards and keeps us from all evil. God is good to us, not because we deserve it, but because He is good and loves us as a Father. God has most clearly shown His goodness and mercy by sending His only begotten Son to be our Savior.


The Son of God became man so that he could fulfill the Law for us and suffer and die in our stead. As High Priest, Christ offered up himself for our sins and continually prays for us. Jesus Christ is our Lord because he redeemed us lost and condemned sinners that we might be his own and serve him in his Kingdom. With his perfect life and obedience Christ fulfilled the law in our stead. With his precious blood, and innocent suffering and death he paid for our sins.


Jesus has redeemed us in order that we might be his own, live under him in his Kingdom, and serve him in everlasting righteousness, innocence and blessedness. All who repent and believe in him will share Christ’s salvation. Many are lost because they will not repent and believe in Christ.


Jesus teaches us that his Kingdom is not of this world, and that he makes us rich by his poverty. Jesus suffered all his life, but his greatest suffering came on the night in which he was betrayed, and on Good Friday when he was smitten, scourged, crowned with thorns, and nailed to the cross. By his death Jesus suffered punishment of sin in our stead and reunited us with God. Jesus has buried our sins and hallowed our graves.


Christ descended into hell to proclaim his victory over death and the devil. Christ’s resurrection assures us that he is the Son of God, who has fully paid the price of all our sins. It empowers us to rise from death and to live a Christian life. Jesus commands us to go and make disciples of all nations. Christ’s ascension teaches us to think often of heaven, and look forward with joy to our heavenly home. It means that sharing God’s power and glory, Christ rules over all things, prays for us, and sends us the Holy Spirit.


The Holy Spirit is true God together with the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit calls, enlightens, sanctifies and preserves us. The Holy Spirit awakens us to our sins and invites and enables us to accept God’s grace in Christ. The Holy Spirit calls us through the Word: by the Law he awakens us, and by the Gospel he invites us to Christ. Many resist the Holy Spirit’s call because they will not repent and come to Christ.


Without the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit, our knowledge of the Bible remains a dead knowledge, which never leads to repentance and faith. To repent means to sincerely acknowledge our sins, honestly confess them, and earnestly seek God’s grace in Christ. Through the light of the Word the Holy Spirit helps us to see our sinfulness and to believe in Christ as our Savior from sin. No one trusts in Jesus as his Savior who does not realize his own sin.


This is true faith that as a penitent sinner you trust Jesus Christ as your Savior from sin, death, and the power of the devil, and seek refuge in Jesus Christ and his merits. At times faith is very weak, and hardly dares to accept the grace of God. God will accept a weak faith if it be true and sincere. True faith is known by hatred of sin and a longing for grace.


Through a living faith, we are justified, born again, sanctified, and finally glorified. Justification means that God by grace credits us with Christ’s righteousness, frees us from guilt and punishment, and looks upon us as though we had never sinned. God forgives sin, not because we deserve it, only because of what Christ has done for us. With forgiveness of sins we become children of God and an heir to all his riches on earth and in heaven.


Justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Our good works are the fruit of our faith and love, whereby we glorify God. By the help of the Holy Spirit we are to keep God’s Commandments, but it is a reward of grace that we are saved, since none of our works are perfect. The Holy Spirit teaches and guides, reproves and comforts us. The Holy Spirit sanctifies and preserves us through the Word and the Lord’s Supper.


We need forgiveness daily because we sin much everyday. To receive daily forgiveness, we must repent daily and seek forgiveness through faith in Christ. The Holy Spirit can grant us forgiveness abundantly because in Christ God’s love and grace cover all sin. Because of daily forgiveness we enjoy peace of heart, and the Holy Spirit helps us grow in faith, obedience and thankfulness. When we die in the faith, our souls go home to heaven to enjoy the blessed fellowship with Christ, and your body rests in the grave until the resurrection of the dead.


On the Day of Judgment Jesus will rise up all his saints from the grave and unite their bodies with their souls. The condemned shall go into eternal death, and the saved into eternal life. Those who are saved will have eternal life with glorified bodies praising God in peace and joy. For the unrepentant eternal death is a separation from God with endless pain of body and soul in hell.


We close our Confession of Faith with Amen because Amen means surly, truly, I know my confession is certainly true.

 

The Three Articles of Faith

 

The Apostles Creed

 

The First Article:

 

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth.

 

The Second Article:

 

And in Jesus Christ His only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence he will come to judge the living and the dead.

 

The Third Article:

 

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. Amen.

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