The Apostles' Creed
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The Apostles' Creed
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The Apostles' Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
the Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ,
His only Son, our Lord.
Who was conceived of 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 arose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty,
whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic
[1] church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting.
Amen.


[1] The word "catholic" refers not to the Roman Catholic Church, but to the universal church of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Purpose
The purpose of the Apostles' Creed is to provide a sound, Biblical statement of the Christian faith.

It can be useful for expressing your belief in the Lordship and resurrection of Jesus Christ, consistent with Romans 10.9-10, as quoted below...

If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord,
And believe in your heart
That God has raised Him from the dead,
You will be saved.
For with the heart one believes unto righteousness,
And with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Romans 10.9-10

Background
The Apostles' Creed is the oldest creed. Though not the direct work of the Apostles, it has its roots in apostolic times, and embodies, with much fidelity, apostolic teaching.

The Apostles' Creed *probably* originated with confessions made by believers at the time of their baptism in water. It had an important place in the early church. It was the creed that could be appealed to as held by the church in all its great branches. Only a church whose doctrines are fully consistent with this creed can accurately be referred to as "apostolic."

The panel below lists several Bible passages that quote or refer to the earliest confessions and creeds of Christian beliefs...
Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 1 Tim 6.12

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.
Heb 10.23

Hear, O Israel. The LORD our God, the LORD is one!
Deu 6.4

Nathaniel answered and said to Jesus, "Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!"
John 1.49

Simon Peter answered and said, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."
Mt 16.16

Thomas answered and said to Him, "My Lord and my God!"
John 20.28

As they went down the road, they came to some water. The eunuch said, "See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?" Then Philip said, "If you believe with all your heart, you may." And he answered and said, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God."
Acts 8.36-37

Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also. 1 John 2.23

For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
2 John 1.7

Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.
1 John 4.15

[Jesus said...] "Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. Mt 10.32

Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.
1 Cor 12.3

By this you know the Spirit of God. Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world. 1 John 4.2-3

Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Philip 2.9-11

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