The Apostles’ Creed
 
As early as 110AD Christian converts were affirming some of these phrases in the public forum of their own baptism. The Apostles’ Creed is named for its faithfulness to the Apostles’ teaching, not because some or all of the Apostles formed it. The Apostles’ Creed, as we have come to receive it, took its resilient form in the middle of the 4th century (about 340AD). This creed is the confession of countless Christians, and it was the defining line between Christian disciple and worldly pagan for hundreds of years. This creed may be confidently affirmed by all Christians everywhere, and its simplicity as well as its fidelity make it a wonderful way to begin affirming the basic truths of Christianity.
 
 
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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 Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried.[1]
On the third day He rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
From there He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.[2]
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church,[3] the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.
Amen.
 
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[1] Many forms of the Apostles’ Creed include a phrase here that reads, “he descended into hell.” This phrase is not in the earliest forms of the creed, and it is a confusing addition at best. Many understand this phrase to have the intended the affirmation that Jesus Christ did suffer the full pains of God’s wrath in utter abandonment from His heavenly Father, but the placement of the phrase would still be problematic. Christ’s suffering under God’s wrath was fully completed on the cross, and not after His physical death. Moreover, creeds are meant to clearly and concisely communicate biblical truth. Creeds are thus only as good as they are faithful to the Scriptures and clear on the matters they address. Therefore, the creed is best when absent the confusing and/or problematic phrase.

[2] The short phrase, “the quick and the dead,” is merely another way to refer to both those humans who are alive and those who are already dead.

[3] The word “catholic” means universal. Therefore, to affirm belief in the “holy catholic church” is simply to affirm that there is and will be a gathering of all humans who have trusted in the promise of God to save in Christ from all human history and all terrestrial locations.