Apostles Creed and its Blessing of Faith
Thursday, April 10th, 2014
It is every believer’s desire that the Apostles’ faith be handed down in its unadulterated purity. However, the true faith of the Apostles is revealed only in their Epistles and this is why we are struggling to share and spread their faith.
What, then, is the faith of the Apostles? Strictly speaking, the Apostles’ Creed was made after the passing of the Apostolic age. It is, in other words, a testament of the Apostles’ faith recorded by the generation who came after them.
The Apostles’ faith is the faith in the works of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The baptism that we receive when we accept God as our Saviour requires from us the faith that confesses the following :
- Jesus baptism has cleansed all our sins.
- Through the blood of Jesus, all our sins were accordingly judged.
- Jesus was sent by His Father as the Saviour of sinners.
Thus, when one believes in his heart that all sins are redeemed by the baptism and blood of Jesus, one then receives the Holy Spirit from God.
We can therefore ask the following questions to those who wished to be baptised in the water as an outward act of what they have already believed in their hearts and have received the Holy Spirit.
- Do you believe that when Jesus was baptised by John, all your sins were taken from you and placed on His shoulder instead? When the answer is Yes, I believe that all my sins and all the sins of the world were taken upon by Jesus, we follow with another question.
- Do you then believe that Jesus, having shouldered all your sins by being baptised by John, shed His blood on the cross? Those who answer affirmatively are then baptised in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Faith in the triune God begins with the confession, “I believe in God, the Father Almighty, the creator of heaven and earth.” Only to those who believe and confess this, the Apostles could baptise them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The true Christian faith was granted to only those who believed in the Gospel of the water and the Spirit. That is why God’s Church was built upon the foundation of the twelve disciples’ faith.
The Apostles’ Creed
The Apostles’ Creed go back to the Edict of Milan in 313AD, signed by the Roman Emperor Constantine. Given the historical background to the changed status of Christianity, turning from outlawed religion to the official, state religion of the Roman Empire, this radical change generated significant and growing interest in Christianity among all Romans. What was needed then was a standard of faith for these new believers wishing to become a part of God’s church.
The Apostles’ Creed has its origin which owes its existence to the people who came after the Apostolic age. Its present form was handed down to us after being compiled and repeatedly revised by various religious councils that followed the Apostolic age. This is why the present Apostles’ Creed must be reinterpreted through the faith of the water and Spirit, the differentiated faith of Christianity and the true faith. To spread this Christian faith throughout the world, we must know and believe how Jesus took the sins of mankind upon Himself, how He made these sins disappear and how He has given human beings the eternal life.
Eternal life can come about only to those who are saved from their sins by believing the true God of Christianity as their own God, regardless of who and where they are. We must therefore believe in the Gospel of the water and Spirit and in the Triune God. These are the foundations of our faith in God’s church and we must all bear witness to this Truth. This truth is none other than the faith of the Apostles. There is only one God in the entire world and He is the Triune God. His name is “Yahweh” or ‘Jesus the Saviour” or “the Holy Spirit”.