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Earliest Christian Creed

Jesus' Face in Stained GlassSaying, "Jesus is Lord" was the very earliest Christian creed. Also and perhaps more importantly a prerequisite to knowing God's forgiveness and acceptance. Those who acknowledge Jesus Christ were promised support and acceptance when they 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." Saint Paul added in Philippians 2.11, "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, the act of confessing Jesus Christ was life threatening. This was particularly true from Jesus resurrection through to the Emperor Constantine's (272-337 AD) Edict in 313 AD which allowed all religions to co-exist in the Empire. Confessing Jesus Christ cemented a person's relationship to the Son of God and also established that person's place in the Christian community. The Apostle John also emphasizes 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 have often felt guilty or we were too embarrassed or fearful to share our faith. In avoiding this mental conflict, our joy and purpose drained away. We mistakenly imagined that we needed to be eloquent and theologically precise, but Jesus wanted us only to tell simply what we have personally experienced of him. Despite our frailty, Paul the Apostle said in 2 Corinthians 2.14 that Jesus, "uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere." How wonderful!✞

"Acknowledge Jesus Christ"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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