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Infinity SignSaint John the Evangelist spoke about the person of Jesus whom he had known for many years as Savior and served until his death at a great old age as a prisoner on the Isle of Patmos. He wrote of Jesus in John 1.4, "In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind." The great verse in John 3.16, which was known as the "Gospel in a Nutshell," also affirmed, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life."

Apostles Creed

symbol for eternityJohn wrote about the eternal life or the continued life after death that Jesus gave. In 1 John 5.11-13 John told us, "And this is the testimony, God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life, whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life." The Apostles Creed, a early statement of Christian belief, sometimes called "The Symbol of the Apostles" repeated this same sentiment when it said, "I believe in the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting." The first mention of the Apostles Creed was found in a letter in 390 AD in Milan, but was undoubtedly of earlier origins. In the Fourth Century, it was widely believed to have been composed as twelve articles of the faith each one set out by one of the twelve Apostles. The Apostles Creed was a unanimous statement of faith by the disciples and Apostles of the Early Church and was also designed in part to rebuff certain sects which were teaching another Gospel. It was not intended as a complete statement of faith as there were no references in it to baptism, to the Trinity or to the divinity of Jesus. These came later in other creedal statements from other Church Councils.✞

Confidence to Ask

Holy Hands in PrayerJohn added by way of encouragement in 1 John 5.14-15, "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us - whatever we ask - we know that we have what we asked of him."

"Jesus Eternal Life"
by Ron Meacock

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