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Earliest Christian Creed

Jesus' Face in Stained GlassSaying, "Jesus is Lord" is the very earliest Christian creed but also more importantly a prerequisite to knowing God's forgiveness and acceptance. Jesus promises support and acceptance to those who acknowledge Jesus Christ and speak about their faith. "I tell you," said Jesus in Luke 12.8, "whoever publicly acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God." Philippians 2.11 adds, "at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."

Jesus is Lord

Stone in wall cemented TogetherIn the Early Church, confessing Jesus Christ was life threatening from Jesus resurrection until the Emperor Constantine's (272-337 AD) Edict in 313 AD. It did however cement a person's relationship to the Son of God and that person's place in the Christian community. It is also true today. The Apostle John writes in 1 John 4.15, "If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God."

Fragrant Knowledge of Him

Three FragrancesWe often feel guilty or we are too embarrassed or fearful to share our faith. In avoiding the mental conflict, our joy and purpose drain away. We mistakenly imagine that we need to be eloquent and theologically correct, but Jesus only wants us to tell simply what we have personally experienced. Despite our frailty, Paul the Apostle says in 2 Corinthians 2.14 that Jesus, "uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere."

"Acknowledge Jesus Christ"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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