The Creed Part 3: I believe in the Holy Spirit
Today is a great day to give thanks to God for all he has done for us. Today in this pastors corner I will finish our short walk through the creed, and we can feast on the truths of God and what he has done by the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is not an ‘it’ but ‘he’. He can be feel grief and be insulted (Eph 4:30; Heb 10:29). He teaches (Jn 14:26) and has a will (1 Cor 12:11). The Spirit is God and can be blasphemed (Mark 3:29). Jesus commanded every Christian to be baptised into the name (singular) of the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:19), because our God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
When a person trusts Jesus they receive the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit makes a person a part of the body of Christ and a member of the church, so we declare I believe in … the holy catholic church (see 1 Cor 12:13). This is not belief in the Roman Catholic Church, but catholic (with a small ‘c’) meaning universal. Everyone with the Holy Spirit is a part of the church of Jesus, regardless of his or her denomination. All Christians dead and alive (the church triumphant and the church militant) commune or sharing in the benefits of Jesus death for us (Hebrews 12:22–24). All Christians have been made holy and are saints, together they believe in the communion of saints.
The Spirit convicts us of our sin and guilt and gives us new life (John 16:8; Tit 3:5). When we declare I believe in … the forgiveness of sins we proclaim the amazing truth that Christ’s death cleanses us from the guilt of any and every breach of God’s law and now we are free.
Our present bodies are a bit like a rusty Datsun 120Y compared to the new model we will receive (say a BMW M3?). God tells us that there will be some similarity and continuity between the body we have and the body to come (1 Cor 15:37), but the body to come will be imperishable, glorious and powerful (vv. 42–43). The grave is not the end, we will be raised (1 Cor 15:52) so we can declare with hope I believe in … the resurrection of the body.
The final joy we declare in the creed is that the blessings of knowing God, knowing people, the creativity of this world and worthwhile work will be the eternal perfected reality for God’s people. The nursery rhymes speak to this longing in our hearts that is true for believers, ‘we will live happily ever after’ or in the Bible’s words ‘we will be with the Lord forever. (1 Thess. 4:17).
With Christians everywhere, we believe in one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.