Apostle’s Creed, part 6

(Again, I am extending something I wrote over 7 years ago.)

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, Virgin Birth. The miracle of Christ’s birth. “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.” Is it a coincidence that I consider this line of the creed just as we are ending the time that we celebrate this event? Who knows? But it is appropriate that I rise, for a moment, from my wonder at this season and make my statement of faith. Jesus was unique in His person, unique in His conception. He was fully God, and fully man. “You can’t believe in a story like that, can you CSL?” Yes, I can. He was the God-man, sent to Earth by God the Father as the Lamb of God. Pure, spotless, sinless, he came to bear our sin, that we might be reconciled to God. His virgin birth was part of the miracle of salvation. He became our brother, not our judge/condemner. He came to bring us to God, not harangue in our guilt. As a loving brother, He came to show us the God who loves us, not hates us. Although we have estranged ourselves from Him, Jesus tells us that the Father is still waiting, still drawing us to Himself. And the Virgin Birth is part of the drawing. God became one of us, to show us the Father.

Both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers. He says, “I will declare your name to my brothers; in the presence of the congregation I will sing your praises.” And again, “I will put my trust in him.” And again he says, “Here am I, and the children God has given me.”Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death–that is, the devil–and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. Hebrews 2:11-15

It is this confession of belief that separates Christian from non-Christian. C. S. Lewis’s famous trilemma cannot be evaded. The crux of Christianity rests solidly on this statement, or it falls as a house of cards. With statements like “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God,” and “I and My Father are One,” Jesus left us no wiggle-room. We either accept those words as truth or turn from them as the ravings of a lunatic or the deception of a liar. Like Peter, I have confessed,

“Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life,…” John 6:68


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