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 superbly succinct precis of Christian ideals. although frequently recited in unison in the course of worship prone, this nice creed starts off with the word "I believe," making it a deeply own career of religion. therefore it merits own consciousness and exam from each believer. In putting forward the Apostles' Creed (an excerpt from growing to be 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 e-book offers Christians with a kick off point for knowing and utilizing the uncomplicated tenets of Christianity. every one concise bankruptcy serves as an invitation to dive additional into the creed-and therefore, into the necessities of the Christian faith-by concluding with dialogue questions and Bible passages for extra examine.
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We can no more take his measure than our dogs and cats can take our measure. When Luther told Erasmus that his thoughts of God were too human, he was uprooting in principle all the rationalistic religion that has ever infected the church—and rightly too! We must learn to be self-critical in our thinking about God. boe! jut! tufxbset-! sftpvsdft/ Second, this distinction stops misunderstanding of the world. The world exists in its present stable state by the will and power of its Maker. Since it is his world, we are not its owners, free to do as we like with it, but its stewards, answerable to him for the way we handle its resources.
Third, we are weak, blind, and foolish when it comes to the business of living for God, and we need someone to guide, protect, and strengthen us, which is how the regal role was understood in Old Testament Israel. Now in the person and ministry of the one man, Jesus Christ, this threefold need is completely and perfectly met! Hallelujah! Dsffe Great Prophet of my God! My tongue would bless thy name; By thee the joyful news Of our salvation came; The joyful news of sins forgiven, Of hell subdued, and peace with heaven.
Boe!! jo!! tufbegbtu! boe!! Jo X hat should it mean when we stand in church and say, “I believe in God”? Are we at this point just allying ourselves with Jews, Moslems, Hindus, and others against atheism and declaring that there is some God as distinct from none? No; we are doing far more than this. We are professing faith in the God of the Creed itself, the Christian God, the God of the Bible—the Sovereign Creator whose “Christian name,” as Karl Barth put it, is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. If this is not the God in whom we believe, we have no business saying the Creed at all.