The Godfather of Creeds

It’s quite a lovely song.

In my mornings of intense study and research I came across a youtube video that has a young lady singing the Apostles Creed in Latin which ended up being very trancendental and stimulative, at the same time quite edifying. I highly encourage you to take a listen to this very talented young lady.

https://youtu.be/8hUWRvoVkE4

At the same time being  a very lovely hymn to learn, the Apostles Creed serves as testimony of the enduring truth of sacred Scripture from the first centuries of the early church.

The Apostles Creed earns the name of the Godfather of Creeds and not “Mother” or “Father” due to it actually not being recognized an official creed by the early church due to its lack of materializing until about the fifth century as described by J. N. D. Kelly in his book Early Christian Creeds. Due to this creed actually not being recognized until much later from its composition, I beleive that Godfather of Creeds would fit it much better because of its great influence in the early church, and even so in the modern church, though it has been highly neglected. Philp Schaff, a church historian brilliantly notes that “as the Lord’s Prayer is the Prayer of prayers, the Decalogue [10 commandments] the Law of laws, so the Apostles’ Creed is the Creed of Creeds”.

The Apostles Creed is a composition of early confessions and affirmations candidates for baptism would recite to make known that they hold to the teachings of the apostles.

Diffrent creeds placed as priority diffrent aspects of the gospel, but the Apostles Creed shows itself to be a great summary of the main tennets of the historic Christian faith, though it lacks much in the area of deepness and explicitness in many key doctrinal points. However, this does not take from the beauty of its content.

The Apostles Creed brings together a view that gives an insight of what the early church saw as essential to the gospel. Below is the whole thing…

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth;

And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord;
who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried.
He descended into hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven,
and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost,
the holy catholic Church*,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

Though this Creed might be much forgotten, it is like a treasure chest of doxological material within it. There are many resources that are very much reliable to get a decent grasp of the information and how to contextualize it for the modern church in the church today.

What We Believe by R. C. Sproul

Confessions and Catechisms of the Reformation by Mark A. Noll

Know The Creeds And Councils by Justin S. Holcomb

Check out my other blog posts to read though my exposition of the Apostles Creed.

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