Easter According to the Apostles’ Creed (Part 4)

The Apostles' Creed

The Apostles’ Creed

TEXT: 1 Corinthians 15:1-4

Today, we are continuing with the fourth message in this series as we look at the Biblical basis for the statement of faith known as the Apostles’ Creed. Let’s begin by reading the Apostles’ Creed.

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
the Maker of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:

Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried;

He descended into hell.
The third day He arose again from the dead;

He ascended into heaven,
and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy church;
the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins;
the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.

Amen.

The Old Roman Form of the Apostles Creed reads as follows:

I believe in God, the Father Almighty; and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was born by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary, who under Pontius Pilate was crucified, and buried. On the third day rose again from the dead. He ascended into Heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father. From thence he will come to judge the living and the dead. And in the Holy Spirit, the holy Church, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, the life everlasting. Amen.

Today, we are looking at the next line of the creed which reads: “…who under Pontius Pilate was crucified, and buried.” The longer form of the creed says Jesus “suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried.” Notice three things from the biblical foundation for this belief.

1. We see the guiltiness of mankind. Luke 23:23-25 says, “And they were instant with loud voices, requiring that he might be crucified. And the voices of them and of the chief priests prevailed. And Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they required. And he released unto them him that for sedition and murder was cast into prison, whom they had desired; but he delivered Jesus to their will.”

2. We see the certainty of Christ’s death. In First Corinthians 15:3 Paul writes, “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures.” The death of Christ is extremely important for the Christian faith. Death is the sentence that God laid down for sin. If Jesus Christ did not die, then He did not pay our sin debt.

3. We see the fulfillment of prophecy. Notice how Paul couches his statements concerning Jesus’ death and burial in First Corinthians. He says, “Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And he was buried, and he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.” Paul tells us that these things happened “according to the Scriptures.”

Man was guilty of sin. Jesus Christ came and had to die in order for us to be saved. By being born into this world, living a perfect life, and dying on the cross, Jesus fulfilled numerous prophecies concerning the Savior. This fulfillment of prophecy helped the Christians of the early church to know that they could have faith in God and trust Him for guidance and direction as they fulfilled Christ’s command to preach the gospel to every nation.

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