The Creed Part 1: I believe in God the Father
Over the coming weeks, I intend to write about the various statements in the apostle’s creed. Credo is the Latin for ‘I believe’. The apostle’s creed gets its name because it expresses belief in the teachings of the apostles. This means that only a believer in God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—can honestly say the creed. The words ‘I believe’ mark the three sections stating belief in one God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
I believe in God the Father. Only Christians can call God Father. Adoption into the family of God is a great privilege given to those who have faith in Jesus: “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12).
I believe in God the Father Almighty. Saying the creed is saying you believe God is omnipotent. When Babylon invaded Israel it was because God summoned it. God feeds the birds, makes the sun rise and all other powers are under his power. We can have peace knowing that God rules not Satan, a dictator or a president. (Psalm 135:6)
… maker of heaven and earth. Saying the creed is saying you believe that all things were made by God, it doesn’t say how, but clearly who. God created the galaxies, amoeba, apples, cows, spirits and invisible rays. It is stable, ordered and good because God made it. He made people in his own image with the ability to know and worship him. (Genesis 1, 2).