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He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Credence Creed

1 Timothy 3:16 - "...and without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:
God was manifest in the flesh,
justified in the Spirit,
seen of angels,
preached unto the Gentiles,
believed on in the world,
received up into glory."
Creeds are incredible works of prose, designed to give clarity and definition to concepts not formally or expressively spoken of in Scripture. Creeds are the beliefs of people conveyed through word or thought. "A creed... is a confession of faith for public use, or a form of words setting forth with authority certain articles of belief, which are regarded by the framers as necessary for salvation, or at least for the well-being of the Christian Church." Creeds of Christendom: Schaff,Philip Creeds are complex and in some instances very wearisome (you think I'm wordy J) (the Westminster Catechism, Independent Fundamentalist Churches of America) and sometimes very simple, Jesus asked in Mark 8:29, 'But who do you say I am? and Peter answered Him and said, 'You are the Christ'.
Creeds come with history and mystery, take for example the creed:
'Jesus Christ,
God's Son,
This term was used by the early church and was remembered by the acrostic for fish. The Greek word for fish is ichthus, each of the five first letters of each title are represented by a Greek letter contained in the word fish. There is myth that the term was also used as a means of being able to safely identify strangers and travellers by the use of the fish sign. The drawing of one half of a fish in the sand in front of oneself was completed by the person facing, thereby indicating that the visitor was a Christian also.

The word credence means in effect faith or persuasion; from this we develop the thought of moral conviction. Paul uses this word in 1 Timothy 1:5 where he says,"... the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart, and a good conscience and a sincere faith (credence). There is a strong sense of the inward workings of the man described in this verse, the attitude of the heart without dissimulation from the pureness of the motivation, the accusing or excusing of the intent as moved by an active and discerning conscience and the Holy Spirit, and the movement and desire to love as a result of the operation of the heart that believes, '...by this all men shall know you are my disciples, if you love one another.' John 13:35
Faith is an expression of our life and the actions in that life as an end of what we believe. Luke 10:27 "...you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbour as yourself." John 15:13, "Greater love has no man than this, that one lay down his life for his friends."
Credence as a current term means credibility, believability, or applicability, how apropos.

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