Christianity · Theology

The Twenty-Two Jesus Creeds

At one of my friends’ recent youth group meetings, I studied the centrality and beauty of Jesus Christ. It sounded so obvious—it wasn’t anything new. Yet this reminder shook me. No one sees Christ as beautiful anymore, or even as important. After I came home that night, then, I started writing a series of creeds stating my beliefs relating to the Christ, partially inspired by Jonathan Edwards’ personal resolutions, partially inspired by the Bible study. As I wrote these things and took a good look at my heart, God drew me closer to Himself, and as a result, I knew I could not keep these thoughts to myself. Lo and behold, the clearest presentation of the Bible and the Gospel ever posted on Defy Augury. I hope you like it.

Divinity, Equality, and Origins

  1. I believe that Jesus is God.
  2. I believe that Jesus is equal to God the Father and God the Holy Spirit in both divinity and importance.
  3. I believe that Jesus is equal to God the Father and God the Holy Spirit because the God of Christianity is one God manifested three holy Persons.
  4. I believe that Jesus is equal to God the Father and God the Holy Spirit because He, like They, is an uncreated being.
  5. I believe that Jesus is equal to God the Father and God the Holy Spirit because He was & is always present with Them.

The Fall

  1. I believe that Genesis 3:15 is a direct indication that God always had a plan for our salvation after the Fall—and that plan was sending Jesus.
  2. I believe that, because of the Fall, we all have an equal sin-nature—thus we all need salvation—thus we all need the salvation plan Jesus provides.
  3. I believe that since we disobeyed God in the garden, and since Jesus is God, we are equally accountable to Jesus.

The Messiah in the Old Testament

  1. I believe that Jesus is the overriding topic of the Old Testament, symbolized by the sacrifice of lambs in the Pentatuch and prophesied by the major and minor prophets.
  2. I believe that Jesus fulfilled completely all the Messianic prophecies of the Old Testament.

Jesus’ Life on Earth

  1. I believe that Jesus is a real Person who came to Earth as a baby through the virgin birth of Mary around 2,000 years ago.
  2. I believe that Christ is/was the only Man to truly be perfect, and thus He was the only One who could complete the task of restoring humanity to a harmonious relationship with God.

Jesus’ Death, Burial, and Resurrection

  1. I believe that Jesus did not swoon, did not deceive, but indeed did die on the cross out of sheer love. Death was the price because without salvation, we would have forever died in hell; Adam and Eve drought death upon the world with their first wrong-doing. When we believe in Christ’s death, then, we believe He has forever defeated spiritual death for us.
  2. I believe that Jesus, after three days in the grave, did rise from the grave in a new body. When we believe Christ arose from the dead, then, we are not only saying that whomever accepts the Gospel will not go into hell; we are also saying that we will follow our Lord into eternal paradise with God.
  3. I believe that Christ’s sacrifice was once-and-for-all; that is, if someone receives His good news, he will not lose his redemption, nor will another sacrifice make Christ’s payment sufficient. Christ is enough for our salvation, and He lies at the center of it all.

Jesus’ Ascension, The Holy Spirit, and the Second Coming

  1. I believe that Jesus ascended into Heaven a few days after His death/burial/resurrection, and that He commissioned His disciples to “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you[.]” (Matthew 28:19-20a, NASB) This command also applies to all Christians.
  2. I believe that forty days after His ascension, Jesus kept His promise and sent the third Person of the Godhead, the Holy Spirit, to all His disciples who were, are, and ever will be on Earth. The Holy Spirit equips Christ-followers with the truth of God’s Word, convicts them, and makes them capable of choosing the right decision in every spiritual battle of life.
  3. I believe that, though we don’t know when, Jesus will come back in the future to bring the church to Himself (the rapture), forever punish those who did not trust Him as Savior, slay Satan and all his demons once and for all, and establish a new heaven and a new Earth, restoring perfection.

What Jesus’ Sacrifice Means in Becoming a Christian

  1. I believe that, since Jesus died for all people, all are able to be saved. If a person wants to follow Him, he has to pray, confessing he is a sinner, that he cannot save himself, that Christ did pay the price for his sin, that Christ is the only one who can do so, and that everything the Bible says is true. He must believe with a firm—not blind or emotion–driven—faith and ask Him to be His Savior and Lord.
  2. I believe that God hears and fulfills every prayer in the manner of that above, that that is all the action necessary on the part of the believer for salvation, though the rest of his life will consist of a continuous purge.
  3. I believe that if a person accepts Christ as his Savior and Lord, it must and will forever alter his life, because from then on, he knows he is imperfect, and he grows more acutely conscious of it with the passing of each day. He will grow, then, to be continually dependent on the Lord’s perfection, and thus to alter every aspect of his purpose, being, and actions—every part of him—to conform to his Master’s commands and ultimate glory, knowing that his labor is not in vain.

Before I close, I would just like to add that the experience of condensing my beliefs about the greatest, most controversial Man who ever lived is not worth missing out on. If you are a Christian, I’d strongly recommend that you try an exercise like this about the Lord Jesus of Nazareth. This list is far from exhaustive—I could spend the rest of my life writing it—so if you have something you would add or clarify to these statements that is Biblically accurate, go ahead and write it as part of your own. Even if you are not a believer, I pray that this might be something that will get you thinking and provide you with a starting-point to explore just how fascinating the kingdom of Christ truly is.

Soli Deo Gloria.

“So Jesus said to them again, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.'” ~John 10:7-10, NASB

 

~Sarah Merly

August 18, 2018

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