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Meditations on the Apostles’ Creed

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(19) and in Jesus Christ . . .

The Creed is a continued story. I have said, “I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.” Before you can say “So what?” I must go right on to tell of what God did with his world, what he is doing with it, and what he…

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(20) and in Jesus Christ . . .

When a little child looks steadily into my eyes, I feel mighty uncomfortable, even guilty. In a way Jesus was like an unspoiled child or a newly arrived visitor from a clean, faraway world. He saw our human ways clearly for what they are and made men take a new…

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(21) and in Jesus Christ . . .

“Call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” That’s what the voice of heaven told Mary and Joseph. “Jesus” was a common enough name in those times. But giving this name to this particular child was loaded with faith. “Jesus” meant “God is Savior.” Christians…

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(22) and in Jesus Christ . . .

Jesus is the Christ of God, the hope of Israel and all the earth. The Jews had dreamed that God would send them a leader who would bring them into a golden age of security, prosperity, and justice, with power over all nations. This great leader, like their other kings,…

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(23) . . . his only Son . . .

How do I single Jesus Christ out of all mankind as God’s appointed Savior? Nearly everyone does saving work of some kind, meeting somebody’s serious needs. I couldn’t have got along without all my helpers, my saviors, such as the armed forces, policemen, garbage collectors, teachers, repairmen, doctors, ministers, farmers,…

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(24) . . . his only Son, our Lord

Jesus Christ is God’s eternal Son. His sonship was not a sometime thing. I believe that he came from God as life springs from life. Although he was always the same kind as God, he added to himself the created nature of humankind as well. From all eternity the Son…

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(25) . . . our Lord

If Jesus Christ is my Lord, every day I shall have to choose between Christ’s claim upon me and all pulls and pressures which would take me away from him. As a Christian, I have to sit loosely to “the gang” and “the system.” The important question is not what…

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(26) who was conceived by the Holy Ghost

The life story of our Lord has its roots away back, before there were any beginnings. He was himself the beginning of the world’s story, and he will be its end. Yet he did make a new beginning on this earth as human flesh and blood in the land of…

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(27) . . . conceived by the Holy Ghost

Men are deep-dyed “do-it-yourselfers.” The other religions, as well as the heresies of Christianity, show us how we can save ourselves and be our own god. We want to be proud of what we have done by ourselves. As “self-made men who worship their creator,” we resent being told that…

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(28) born of the Virgin Mary

Both the Bible and the Creed lay emphasis on the agency of God and the fact that Jesus was actually born, more than on Mary’s virginity. At this late date, or even in earliest Christian times, no one could prove anything about the virginity of Jesus’ mother. It has always…

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