What Do You Believe In?

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“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

Belief. What do you believe in?

As Christians we speak to one another the faith that we share in the words of the Apostles’ Creed. A creed, in simple terms, is a statement of belief. We confess, state, that we believe in God the Father who created everything and loves it, and in His Son who saved us from sin and was resurrected to give us an eternal future, and finally in the Holy Spirit.

It is the Holy Spirit who is too often forgotten or even ignored. Yet it is the Holy Spirit who is essential to the work of the Trinity. As Luther reminds us in his explanation to the third article of the Creed, “I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to Him. But the Holy Spirit has called me by the Gospel…” It is the Holy Spirit who works faith in us and then nourishes that faith through Word and Sacrament that we might grow into Christian maturity. We cannot create our own faith. We are dead in our sins apart from Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit. But as saved and maturing Christians, we become increasingly different than the world around us. Our choices and decisions are driven by a God-centered focus and less on a me-centered worldview.

The great truths contained in the Apostles’ Creed are not simply interesting facts to know, but rather are realities that inform our lives and daily actions. As the Holy Spirit, who has called you to faith, works in your life today, pray that others may see God at work and give glory to Him.

Gracious God, You sent Your Son into the world to give me eternal life through faith in Him alone. Thank You for sending the Holy Spirit who worked that faith in me and has allowed me to believe and confess that Jesus is Lord. Guide and direct me this day so that You will be glorified for Jesus’ sake. Amen.

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