A Lenten Exercise on the Creed, Part II

We continue our Lenten reflection on the Creed.  Please see Part I for the ground rules.  Please contribute!

Update 4/5/14:  Part III has appeared.

For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.

I want to offer the following verses in reflection on this portion of the creed:

by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary:  “The Word became flesh, he lived among us, and we saw his glory, the glory that he has from the Father as only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)

he came down from heaven:  “though he was in the form of God, he did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited,but emptied himself,taking the form of a slave,being born in human likeness.” (Philippians 2:6-7)

he suffered death and was buried:  “The snares of death encompassed me;the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me” (Psalms 116:3)

his kingdom will have no end:  “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; the first heaven and the first earth had disappeared now, and there was no longer any seaI saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride dressed for her husband.  Then I heard a loud voice call from the throne, ‘Look, here God lives among human beings. He will make his home among them; they will be his people, and he will be their God, God-with-them.He will wipe away all tears from their eyes; there will be no more death, and no more mourning or sadness or pain. The world of the past has gone.'” (Rev 21:1-4)


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  • stevedequintal

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  • http://emmasrandomthoughts.wordpress.com emmasrandomthoughts

    “He ascended into heaven
    and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
    He will come again in glory
    to judge the living and the dead”

    The first thing that comes to mind is this.

    “Again the high priest asked him, ‘Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?’ Jesus said, ‘I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.'”

    NAB, Mark 14 verses 61 and 62

  • Dante Aligheri

    “He came down from heaven”

    “Is it then to be thought that God should indeed dwell upon earth? For if heaven, and the heavens of heaven, cannot contain thee, how much less this house which I have built?”

    (1 Kings 8:27 DR – meant ironically in the OT, extolling the incomparability and infinity of this God)

    “He came down from heaven…He ascended into heaven.”

    “He that descended is the same also that ascended above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.” (Ephesians 4:10 DR)

    “And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then the Son also himself shall be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God might be all in all.” (1 Corinthians 15:28)

    “The Lord kills and makes alive; He brings down to the grave, and He raises up.” (1 Samuel 2:6 DR)

    “He suffered death and buried, and rose again on the third day.”

    “Because Christ also died once for our sins, the just for the unjust: that He might offer us to God, being put put to death in the flesh, but enlivened in the Spirit, in which also coming He preached to those spirits that were in prison…Whereunto baptism being of the like form, now saveth you also…by the Resurrection of Jesus Christ…swallowing down death that we might be made heirs of life everlasting: being gone into heaven, the angels and powers and virtues being made subject to Him.” (1 Peter 3:17-21 DR)

    “He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and His kingdom will have no end.”

    “The Lord delays not His promise…but dealeth patiently for your sake, not willing that any should perish, but that all should return to repentance. But the Day of the Lord shall come as a thief, in which the heavens shall pass away with great violence, and the elements shall be melted with heat, and the earth and works which are in it, shall be burnt up.” (2 Peter 3:5-12 DR)

    “Our God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12:29)

    “But they that are learned shall shine as the brightness of the firmament: and they that instruct many to justice, as stars for all eternity.” (Daniel 12:3 DR)

    “For everyone shall be salted with fire: and every victim shall be salted with salt.” (Mark 9:48)

    “But who can endure the Day of his Coming? Who can stand when He appears? For He will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap?” (Malachi 3:2)

    “For you, God, tested us; you refined us like silver.” (Psalm 66:10)

    “Every man’s work shall be manifested; for the day of the Lord shall declare it, because it shall be revealed in fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work…If any man’s work abide…he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work burn, he shall suffer loss; but he himself shall be saved, yet so as by fire. Know you not, that you are the temple of God, and the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:13-16)

  • Julia Smucker

    He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead

    “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.” (Matthew 25:31-32)

    and his kingdom will have no end

    “Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, ‘The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign forever and ever.'” (Revelation 11:15)

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