Sunday, November 6, 2011

Bible Study #3, Christianity 101 - The Apostle's Creed- "We Believe In The Maker Of Heaven and Earth."

Bible Study #3,
Christianity 101 - The Apostle's Creed-
"We Believe In The Maker Of Heaven and Earth."

Teacher: Dr. Fletcher Law
Fletcher LAW and GRACE Ministries
Redeemer Bible Studies
Redeemer Bible Fellowship

A Bible study on The main Topics Of The Apostles' Creed
(as usually recited today)

The basic creed of churches, as most familiarly known, is called the Apostles' Creed.
We view it as a concise declaration or affirmation of orthodox or solid Christian historical teaching. It is under the authority and not equal to Scripture. It has received this title because of its great antiquity; it dates from very early times in the Church, a half century or so from the last writings of the New Testament.

THE APOSTLE"S 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 catholic church;
the communion of saints;
the forgiveness of sins;
the resurrection of the body;
and the life everlasting.
Amen.

http://www.reformed.org/documents/index.html?mainframe=http://www.reformed.org/documents/apostles_creed.html

WE BELIEVE IN THE MAKER OF HEAVEN AND EARTH

Christians view God as the Maker or Creator of Heaven and the heavens and our Earth.
We believe in creation.
When we look to God as Creator, again we look to His fullness in the Godhead or Trinity.

God and His Holy Spirit are first noted in the first verse of the Bible.

Genesis 1:1 English Standard Version (ESV)
The Creation of the World
" 1In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters."

God was talking to Himself in His fullness as God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit together in conclave decided to create humanity.

Genesis 1:26(ESV)
26Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."

As the New Testament gospel of John tells us in verse 1:1, Jesus Christ was the Word, and the Word is sited as being involved with EVERYTHING that has been made, ever!

John 1:1-4(ESV)
"1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men."

God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit were all involved, and the only ones involved in making Heaven and Earth.

Constantly in the Bible Creation has always been seen as a work of God.
The Psalmist David acknowledged his Maker
Psalm 95:6
English Standard Version (ESV)
6Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!

The Apostle Peter acknowledges the Maker or Creator in the epistles
1 Peter 4:19
English Standard Version (ESV)
19Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.


In the Lord's Prayer or Model Prayer we are taught to acknowledge the Maker or Creator. We know who we are talking to and His position- He is in Heaven the ruling Maker of the Heavens and the Earth.

Matthew 6:9-13(ESV)
9 Pray then like this:
"Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. 10 Your kingdom come, your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven."

God created the world in chapter one of Genesis.
The account of creating humanity is in there.
Genesis chapter two gives a detailed account of forming man from the dust and creating woman from his side. many who question biblical creation have used this s contradicting statements. These are two descriptions. The first is general. The second is specific.


The prophet Isaiah told how creation carried over from the beginning of time until further life is born. Creation is often seen as a one time event that keeps going. God set forth creation from the beginning.
Isaiah 44:2(ESV)
2Thus says the LORD who made you,
who formed you from the womb and will help you:..."


Isaiah 44:24(ESV)
24Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer,
who formed you from the womb:
"I am the LORD, who made all things,
who alone stretched out the heavens,
who spread out the earth by myself,

Our creation is intimate and personal.
Jeremiah 1:5 (ESV)
5 "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations."

The Bible clearly makes it known that the Lord made the Heavens and the Earth.

Genesis 1:8 (ESV)
"8And God called the expanse Heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day."

Yet, when we talk about heaven we need to talk about a city called Heaven. We need to capitalize this Heaven because it is a city as described in the Bible. Most editors of Scripture wrongly fail to capitalize this city.

Even in the Old Testament Abraham looked forward to the city of God. Dr, Timothy George, founding dean of Beeson Divinity School, told us in his class that Augustine of Hippo wrote the classic "City of God" after Alaric the barbarian sacked Rome. The bishop of Rome had a nervous breakdown and could not speak for three days. Augustine wanted to show that the Heavenly City and it's King could not be sacked or shaken.

Hebrews 11:8-16 (ESV)
"8By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. 9By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. 10For he was looking forward to ***the city that has foundations***, whose designer and builder is God. 11By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised. 12Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as many as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.

13These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. 14For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 15If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city."

Jesus told us to repent so we could fellowship with Him in His kingdom city.
Matthew 3:2(ESV)
2 "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."

Heaven is the throne room of God. How awesome it must be.

John 14:1-5(ESV)
" 1 "Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God;believe also in me. 2In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. 4And you know the way to where I am going." 5 Thomas said to him, "Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?"

Wow, Heaven is the most awesome of creation. Yet,Jesus said he is still working on it for His people.

Here is a chapter of the Bible that actually describes Heaven.

Revelation 4

The Throne in Heaven

1After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, "Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this." 2At once I was in the Spirit, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne. 3And he who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian, and around the throne was a rainbow that had the appearance of an emerald. 4Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones were twenty-four elders, clothed in white garments, with golden crowns on their heads. 5From the throne came flashes of lightning, and rumblings and peals of thunder, and before the throne were burning seven torches of fire, which are the seven spirits of God, 6and before the throne there was as it were a sea of glass, like crystal.

And around the throne, on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind: 7 the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with the face of a man, and the fourth living creature like an eagle in flight. 8And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say,

"Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty,
who was and is and is to come!"

9And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
11 "Worthy are you, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they existed and were created."

This finished Heaven, and all the believer's entrance into, it will conclude time.

Revelation 21:9-11 (ESV)
The New Jerusalem

"9Then came one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues and spoke to me, saying, "Come, I will show you the Bride, the wife of the Lamb." 10And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great, high mountain, and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God, 11 having the glory of God, its radiance like a most rare jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal."

Friend, make sure you receive the gift and can enter this city.
Jesus Christ, fully God and fully man, lived a perfect life, he was the perfect sacrifice to pay for the laws we have broken in our sinful lives. He died taking the sins of believer's on His back. He received the wrath of God poured out on sinners.
What did sinners receive who believed on His Son? Forgiveness of sins, peace with God, and eternity in the kingdom and dwelling with Him in the new Heaven and the new Earth. My greatest desire is that you become, as Paul wrote, "A citizen of heaven."

In Christ Alone!

Fletcher Law

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