By J. I. Packer
Famous Bible student J. I. Packer examines each one word of the Apostles' Creed, inviting readers to dive additional into the necessities of the Christian religion. The Apostles' Creed is the oldest and such a lot superbly succinct precis of Christian ideals. although frequently recited in unison in the course of worship prone, this nice creed starts with the word "I believe," making it a deeply own career of religion. hence it merits own consciousness and exam from each believer. In asserting the Apostles' Creed (an excerpt from growing to be in Christ) famous Bible pupil and writer J. I. Packer explains the that means and implications of every word of this creed. either theologically sound and sensible, this booklet offers Christians with a kick off point for realizing and utilizing the uncomplicated tenets of Christianity. each one concise bankruptcy serves as an invitation to dive additional into the creed-and accordingly, into the necessities of the Christian faith-by concluding with dialogue questions and Bible passages for extra research.
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Boe!! ipqft!! qspufdujpo-!! O FXT The truth of God’s almightiness in creation, providence, and grace is the basis of all our trust, peace, and joy in God, and the safeguard of all our hopes of answered prayer, present protection, and final salvation. It means that neither fate, nor the stars, nor blind chance, nor man’s folly, nor Satan’s malice controls this world; instead, a morally perfect God runs it, and none can dethrone him or thwart his purposes of love. And if I am Christ’s, then— A sovereign protector I have, Unseen, yet forever at hand, Unchangeably faithful to save, Almighty to rule and command.
See how the Creed presents him. Jesus (Greek for Joshua, meaning “God is Savior”) is his proper name. D. 30. The four Gospels describe his ministry in some detail. Christ (literally, “the anointed one”) is not a surname, except in the old sense in which surnames like Smith, Taylor, Packer, or Clark declared a man’s trade or profession. “Christ” is what Presbyterians would call an “office-title,” identifying Jesus as God’s appointed savior-king for whom the Jews had long been waiting. Since the Christ was expected to set up God’s reign and to be hailed as overlord throughout the world, to call Jesus Christ was to claim for him a decisive place in history and a universal dominion that all men everywhere must acknowledge.
Dsffe Genesis 1 and 2, however, tell us who without giving many answers about how. Some today may think this a defect; but in the long perspective of history our present-day “scientific” preoccupation with how rather than who looks very odd in itself. Rather than criticize these chapters for not feeding our secular interest, we should take from them needed rebuke of our perverse passion for knowing Nature without regard for what matters most—namely, knowing Nature’s Creator. The message of these two chapters is this: “You have seen the sea?