Early Creeds

I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these things to you so that, if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth. Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.

1 Timothy 3:14-16

Liberal critics love to say that there were many Christian beliefs in the early church and that things were not standardized until the fourth or fifth centuries when various church councils decided what should and should not be included in Christian belief. Unfortunately for the critics Paul’s writings put a fly in the ointment.

Even most liberal critics agree that Paul wrote early and from firsthand accounts. All of Paul’s writings can be dated from before 69AD with most as early as 40 to 50 AD. Writing this early would be in the lifetime of those that witnessed the ministry and crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. The timing of Paul is also too early for myth and legend to arise.

The creeds the church uses today can be found in the writings of Paul. We see in today’s verses that God was manifested in the flesh. He was vindicated or justified by the Spirit. Jesus was seen by angels and proclaimed to the nations. He was taken up in glory, the ascension.

It is comforting to know that what we believe today was believed by the earliest believers. We don’t believe clever stories made up by men but in the very Word of God.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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