The Apostles Creed…and a new Theme!

Posted: June 3, 2010 in Bible Runner, Blessings, Breaking News, Christian Beliefs, The Bible

The Apostles Creed

1Co 15:1 Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you–unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.

1 Corinthians 15: 1-8

The above is the Gospel in its most pure form; it is the earliest statement of the Christian faith and the ultimate truths of what we believe. The most powerful thing about this statement is that it’s written by a person who prior to a life-changing encounter on the road to Damascus was a Zealot who persecuted Christians. He was in fact one of the greatest persecutors of his time his name was Saul of Tarsus and now it is Paul.

Let’s look through it very quickly.

1Co 15:1 Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand,

He’s writing to the Christian brethren at Corinth he always calling them to keep in the forefront of their minds the basics of the gospel that Paul himself had preached to them. He’s reminding them that not only did they hear it and receive it but that believe it wholeheartedly.

1Co 15:2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you–unless you believed in vain.

He reminds them it is through these beliefs that they hold steadfastly to that they are being saved. You are being continually transformed within into a child of God if you hold fast to these beliefs, which I preached to you, unless you actually did not fully believe.

1Co 15:3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures,

For I shared with you what was also shared with me, this truth that changed all of our lives. First the fact that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures (the teachings of both the Old Testament and Jesus own prophecies).

1Co 15:4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,

After which he was buried, and then he was brought back to life, raised from the dead on the third day according to the scriptures. (The Hebrew Day started at 6 P.M. and ended at 6 P.M. also any part of one day was considered a whole day. Jesus died and was buried on Friday, spent the Sabbath in the grave, and rose early Sunday morning).

1Co 15:5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.

After which he first appeared to Cephas (Peter) and after that he appeared to the twelve.

1Co 15:6 Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep.

And then Paul goes on to say that he appeared to more than 500 fellow brothers in Christ at ONE time. You’ll notice that just in case someone disbelieves him that at the time of the writing of this statement of faith most of those in this large group that had seen the risen Christ were ALIVE. The reader (hearer) of this message could go out and question folks who had been there other than Paul. He then finishes this sentence saying that others have fallen asleep, which I’ve already stated in other post is a euphuism for being dead.

1Co 15:7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles.

Then the resurrected Christ continued his grand tour and visited with James and again with he appeared to all the Apostles.

1Co 15:8 Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.

And in conclusion, as to one who so utterly did not deserve to even be considered, he appeared also to me.

When Christ appeared to Paul he had already returned to Heaven, and so for Saul/Paul he appeared as a searing bright light that completely overwhelmed He and his traveling companions.

Act 9:3 Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.
Act 9:4 And falling to the ground he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?”
Act 9:5 And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.
Act 9:6 But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.”
Act 9:7 The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one.
Act 9:8 Saul rose from the ground, and although his eyes were opened, he saw nothing. So they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus.

After being led into town he spent three days blind and then a man named Ananias healed his vision:
Act 9:9 And for three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank.
Act 9:10 Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.”
Act 9:11 And the Lord said to him, “Rise and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul, for behold, he is praying,
Act 9:12 and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.”
Act 9:13 But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints at Jerusalem.
Act 9:14 And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on your name.”
Act 9:15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel.
Act 9:16 For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.”
Act 9:17 So Ananias departed and entered the house. And laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you came has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”
Act 9:18 And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he rose and was baptized;
Act 9:19 and taking food, he was strengthened. For some days he was with the disciples at Damascus.
Act 9:20 And immediately he proclaimed Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God.”

Saul became Paul.

God used the greatest persecutor of the church to become the special bringer of His message to the Gentile nations. In fact Paul wrote a great many of the New Testament books after His conversion.

It is perhaps this fact alone that I find most helpful when defending the truth of the Gospel and the reality of a Crucified and Risen Christ.

God’s message will not stop; until it reaches all those that it is destined to reach.

Maranatha!

On the new Theme

The new theme named Greyzed is very fitting with my near future, industiral thriller future that I’ll be introducing through my The Bible Runner novel. And for the most part bar some HUGE letters in some past posts the transfer seems to have gone alright. So for the time being we’ll stick with this new look.

I will be updating the page/menu system over the next few days to take advantage of a drop down feature I’m not currently taking advantage of at all.

They’ll be a lot more to see and do around here soon.

In Christ,

Ross

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