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On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven

Stories told of historical figures chronicle their lives and deaths; there might be some sort of epilogue or discussion of their legacy, but their story effectively ends when they die. The story of Jesus found in the gospels and recounted in the second part of the Apostles’ Creed is...

He Descended to Hell (Apostles' Creed)

The phrase, “he descended to Hell” is probably the least understood or most confusing phrase in the Apostles’ Creed, so it seems worthwhile to devote an entire post to these four words. Some churches omit this phrase when reciting the creed because it is confusing and is...

He Suffered Under Pontius Pilate, Was Crucified, Dead, and Buried

The cross is the symbol of the Christian religion. This is appropriate because the death of Jesus Christ is the heart of the Christian faith; however, the familiar nature of this symbol may cause us to forget the importance of the cross. Therefore, we need to pause to consider the reality and...

Conceived by the Holy Spirit, Born of the Virgin Mary

A common critique of the Apostles’ Creed is that it doesn’t discuss Jesus’s life, as it moves straight from Jesus’s birth (“conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary”) to his death (“suffered under Pontius Pilate, crucified, died, and...

Jesus Christ, His Only Son, Our Lord

The second section of the Apostles’ Creed is the longest and focuses on the person and work of Jesus. The description of Jesus points to him being fully God and fully man, with the first part of this section highlighting his names and titles. We will look at these four terms to see their...