I don't know about you, but I find it so affirming to read the Apostle's Creed. Although it's not read very often in my church, I think it's a good reminder of the "basics" of what we believe.
Here, Martin Luther has written his own version of a creed - the authoritative, formulated statement of the chief articles of Christian belief. Over the next few days, we'll look at each verse of this hymn and revisit the familiar scripture upon which this creed is based.
We all believe in one true God
But the LORD is the true God; He is the living God and the everlasting King. At His wrath the earth quakes, and the nations cannot endure His indignation. Jeremiah 10:10
'See now that I, I am He, And there is no god besides Me; It is I who put to death and give life; I have wounded and it is I who heal, and there is no one who can deliver from My hand.' Deut. 32:39
And may these words of mine, with which I have made supplication before the LORD, be near to the LORD our God day and night, that He may maintain the cause of His servant and the cause of His people Israel, as each day requires, so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the LORD is God; there is no one else. I Kings 8:59-60
"Remember the former things long past, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me..." Isaiah 46:9
For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time. I Timothy 2:5-6
Who created earth and Heaven
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1
Thus says God the LORD, Who created the heavens and stretched them out, Who spread out the earth and its offspring, Who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk in it. Isaiah 42:5
It is I who made the earth, and created man upon it. I stretched out the heavens with My hands and I ordained all their host. Isaiah 45:12
The Father, who to us in love hath the right of children given
See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. I John 3:1
He both soul and body feedeth, all we need He doth provide us
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake. Psalm 23:1-3
And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
He thro’ snares and perils leadeth, watching that no harm betide us
I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; from where shall my help come? My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade on your right hand. The sun will not smite you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will protect you from all evil; He will keep your soul. The LORD will guard your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forever. Psalm 121
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4
But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one. II Thess. 3:3
He careth for us day and night
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. I Peter 5:6-7
Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD was going before them in a pillar of cloud by day to lead them on the way, and in a pillar of fire by night to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night. He did not take away the pillar of cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people. Exodus 13:21-22
All things are governed by His might
O LORD God of hosts, who is like You, O mighty LORD? Your faithfulness also surrounds You. Psalm 89:8
Behold, the Lord GOD will come with might, with His arm ruling for Him. Behold, His reward is with Him and His recompense before Him. Isaiah 40:10
He rules by His might forever; His eyes keep watch on the nations; Let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Psalm 66:7
We All Believe in One True God
Words by Martin Luther
We all believe in one true God,
Who created earth and Heaven,
The Father, who to us in love
Hath the right of children given.
He both soul and body feedeth,
All we need He doth provide us;
He thro’ snares and perils leadeth,
Watching that no harm betide us.
He careth for us day and night,
All things are governed by His might.
We all believe in Jesus Christ,
His own Son, our Lord, possessing
An equal Godhead, throne, and might,
Source of every grace and blessing.
Born of Mary, virgin mother,
By the power of the Spirit,
Made true man, our elder Brother,
That the lost might life inherit.
Was crucified for sinful men
And raised by God to life again.
We all confess the Holy Ghost,
Who sweet grace and comfort giveth
And with the Father and the Son
In eternal glory liveth;
Who the Church, His own creation,
Keeps in unity of Spirit.
Here forgiveness and salvation
Daily come thro’ Jesus’ merit.
All flesh shall rise, and we shall be
In bliss with God eternally.