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A Lenten Exercise on the Creed, Part III

April 5, 2014

In this post we conclude our Lenten reflection on the Nicene Creed.  Parts I and II can be found here and here.  Please contribute!

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.

I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

As I read the conclusion of the Creed, the following passages come to mind.

I believe in the Holy Spirit:But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.” (John 14:26, NRSV)

The Lord, the giver of life:  “This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.” (Dt 30:19, NIV)

Proceeds from the Father and the Son:Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.” (John 16:7, NRSV)

One, holy, catholic and apostolic Church: I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us,so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one.” (John 17:20-22, NRSV)

The resurrection of the dead: “Thus says the Lord God: I am going to open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you back to the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people. I will put my spirit within you.” (Ezekiel 37:12b-14a, NRSV)

“Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.” (John 11:23-26)

The life of the world to come: I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. 25 Its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there. People will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations.  (Rev 21:22-26, NRSV)

Amen: Then Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God, and all the people answered, “Amen, Amen,” lifting up their hands. Then they bowed their heads and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground.” (Nehemiah 8:6, NRSV)

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  1. Dante Aligheri permalink
    April 6, 2014 9:19 pm

    “The Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of Life”

    “And the earth was void and empty, and darkness was upon the face of the dead, the spirit of God moved over the waters.” (Genesis 1:2 DR)

    “And it shall come to pass after this, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy: your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions.” (Joel 2:28 DR)

    “And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.” (Genesis 6:6 KJV)

    “Proceeds from the Father and the Son”

    “The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee: wherefore also the holy thing which is begotten shall be called the Son of God.” (Luke 1:35)

    “The resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come”

    “The path of life leads upward for the prudent, that he may turn away from Sheol beneath.” (Proverbs 15:24 KJV)

    “LIke sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty shall consume in the grave from their dwelling.
    But God will redeem my soul from the power of Sheol: for he will receive me. Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased;
    For when he dies he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him.” (Psalm 49:14-17 KJV)

    “You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory.
    Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that desire besides you.
    My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” (Psalm 73 KJV)

    “The Lord is my chosen portion and cup; you hold my lot.” (Psalm 16:5 KJV)

    “Come, let us turn back to God:
    He has stricken, and He can heal us;
    He wounded, and He can bind us up.
    After two days, He will revive us.
    On the third day He will raise us up
    That we may live in His presence
    And He shall come to us as rain
    As the latter rain that waters the earth.” (Hosea 6:1-3 Jewish Bible)

    “O! Let your dead revive!
    Let corpses arise!
    Awake and shout for joy,
    You who dwell in the dust!
    For your dew is like the dew on fresh growth;
    You shall make the land of the shades come to life.” (Isaiah 26:19 Jewish Bible)

    “Many of those that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to eternal life, others to shame, to everlasting abhorrence.” (Daniel 12:2 Jewish Bible)

    “Amen, amen I say to you unless the grain of wheat falling into the ground die, itself remains alone. But if it die, it brings forth much fruit. He that loves his life shall lose it; and he that hates his life in this world keeps it unto life in the world to come [alternate Gk.]” (John 12:24-26 DR)

    “And there are bodies celestial, and bodies terrestrial…One is the glory of the sun, another the glory of the moon, and another the glory of the stars…So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption, it shall rise in incorruption. It is sown in dishonor, it shall rise in glory. It is sown in weakness, it shall rise in power. It is sown a natural body, it shall rise a spiritual body…The first man was of the earth…the second man, from heaven…Flesh and blood cannot possess the kingdom of God: neither shall corruption possess incorruption. Behold, I shall tell you a mystery…For this corruptible must put on incorruption; and this mortal must put on immortality. And when this mortal hath put on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: death is swallowed up in victory…Now the sting of death is sin: and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who hath given us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:40-57 ASV)

    “Amen”

    “Happy shall I be if there shall remain of my seed, to see the glory of Jerusalem. The gates of Jerusalem shall be built of sapphire, and of emerald, and all the walls round about of precious stones. All its streets shall be paved with white and clean stones: and Hallelujah shall be sung in its streets. Blessed be the Lord, who hath exalted it, and may he reign over it for ever and ever, Amen.” (Tobit 13:20-23)

    “Then he said to Thomas: Put in thy finger hither, and see my hands; and bring hither thy hand, and put it into my side; and be not faithless, but believing.” (John 20:27)

    “For thy mercy is before my eyes; and I am well pleased with thy truth.” (Psalm 25:3)

    • Dante Aligheri permalink
      April 6, 2014 9:44 pm

      Oops. That’s supposed to be “face of the deep” in the first one.

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