The Apostles Creed

The First Article

I believe in God the Father Almighty,

Maker of heaven and earth.

What does this mean?
I believe that God has made me and all creatures;
that He has given me my

body and soul, eyes, ears
and all my members,
my reason and all my senses,
and still preserves them;

that He richly and daily provides me with

food and clothing,
home and family,
property and goods,
and all that I need to support this body and life;

that He protects me from all danger,

guards and keeps me from all evil;

and all this purely out of fatherly, divine goodness and mercy,

without any merit or worthiness in me;

for all which I am in duty bound

to thank and praise,
to serve and obey Him.

This is most certainly true.

The Second Article

And in Jesus Christ,

His only Son, our Lord;

Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified,
died and was buried.

He descended into hell;

The third day He rose again from the dead;

He ascended into heaven

and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;

From there He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

What does this mean?
I believe that Jesus Christ is

true God, begotten of the Father from eternity,
and also true man, born of the virgin Mary;
and that He is my Lord,

Who has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature,

purchased and won me from
all sins, from death and from the power of the devil;
not with gold or silver,
but with His holy, precious blood,
and with His innocent suffering and death;

in order that I might

be His own,
live under Him in His kingdom,
and serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness;

even as He is

risen from the dead,
and reigns to all eternity.

This is most certainly true.

The Third Article

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy Christian Church,
the Communion of Saints,
the Forgiveness of sins,
the Resurrection of the body,
and the Life everlasting.

What does this mean?
I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength

believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord,
or come to Him;

but the Holy Ghost has

called me by the Gospel,
enlightened me with His gifts,
sanctified and kept me in the true faith;

just as He

calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian Church on earth
and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.

In this Christian Church He daily and richly

forgives me and all believers all our sins;
and at the last day He will
raise up me and all the dead,
and will grant me and all believers in Christ eternal life.

This is most certainly true.