The existence of God is assumed from the very beginning of the Bible. This makes sense when you realise that the Bible is God’s word to us. Whenever I start speaking to someone, oddly enough I never feel compelled to prove my own existence.
It is valid and important, in fact it is critical, for us to confess what we believe. Without knowing a level of detail about what we believe the Bible is about, what we believe the gospel is, who we believe God is and more, there is no Christianity. That is why the Apostles Creed starts with these words “we believe”.
We should want to be like God to our children. When they confess a sin, we should be calm and ready to forgive. When they get caught in a lie and confess the truth, we should be calm and ready to forgive. We should be giving our children no reason to cover their sin and as we do that, we will be preaching the gospel to them because we will be pointing them to a God who loves to forgive when sinful people bring their sins to the light.
Throughout all of church history since, the Apostles Creed has been widely accepted as – in the words of John Calvin – “a full and every way complete summary of faith, containing nothing but what has been derived from the infallible word of God”.
The first person of the Godhead is God the Father. But did God take on the title ‘Father’ because he invented human fathers and then thought that the human father is a good metaphor for what He is? Or, was God the original Father who then decided to create human fathers in His Fatherly image?
“The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”
Our own helplessness and our need for the grace of God is evident throughout this hymn, not just in our conversion but also in our Christian walk and even in glory.
This feast will one day be surpassed by a greater feast where our host, Jesus Christ, will recline at the table with millions and millions of saints at the great marriage supper of the Lamb.
Put in simple terms, most commonly babies in our state are vacuumed out of their warm and safe environment and dumped in a bin.
The book of Revelation speaks of a scene in heaven where all the heavenly angels, all of the redeemed and all of creation fall down in worship and praise, lifting their voices to the King of Kings. In this hymn we recreate this scene piece by piece, like a painter filling out an artwork.