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TEXT: 1 Corinthians 15:1-4
Today, we are continuing with the seventh message in this series as we look at the Biblical basis for the statement of faith known as the Apostles’ Creed. The Old Roman Form of the Apostles’ Creed reads as follows:
I believe in God, the Father Almighty; and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was born by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary, who under Pontius Pilate was crucified, and buried. On the third day rose again from the dead. He ascended into Heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father. From thence he will come to judge the living and the dead. And in the Holy Spirit, the holy Church, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, the life everlasting. Amen.
Today, we are looking at the next three lines of the creed which read: I believe “in the Holy Spirit, [and in] the holy Church.” The most widely-used version of the creed adds: “in the communion of saints.” Notice three things from the biblical foundation for these beliefs.
1. We see the purpose of the Holy Spirit. Before Jesus Christ left this Earth, He told His disciples that He would send the Holy Spirit. In John 15:26, He said, “When the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me.”
2. We see the nature of the church. Closely tied to the influence of the Holy Spirit is the work of the church in the world. Galatians 3:26-28 says, “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” The Greek word used in the New Testament for church is “ek-kle-sia”, which means “called-out ones.” The church is made up of those who have been called out of the world and into the family of God.
3. We see the fellowship of the saints. Not only is the church united with Christ, but Christians are united with each other through Christ. Hebrews 10:25 says, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” As believers, we are blessed to be in fellowship with other like-minded individuals who have been washed in the blood of Christ.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in twenty-three foreign countries. He is the author of thirty-four books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts, The Prayer Motivator Devotional and the Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report and the Second Coming Watch Update. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, and a Master’s degree in Religion from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for twenty-five years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.