At first, Christ’s lordship might seem unwanted. We’re so committed to autonomy that we distrust anyone ruling over us. But our willingness to submit should depend on the character of the one we’re called to submit to.
Jesus is the special, personal name of the second person of the Trinity. But Christ isn’t like his last name. To believe in Jesus Christ is to believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ, the Messiah, the anointed one of God (John 1:41).
God is a Trinity, one divine being in three distinct persons. So basic is this truth that the Apostles’ Creed uses the Trinity to organize its summary of the Christian faith. We worship God the Father as our Creator and Provider, and the Holy Spirit as our Sanctifier. In the center of the creed we learn to worship as our Deliverer “Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord.”
It is a dangerous thing to start thinking about our glory. It seems the moment our mortal minds begin to dwell on any sort of glory that involves ourselves, we are tripped up into idolatry, into a lust for praise and human acknowledgment. We begin admiring ourselves as we imagine how admirable we will, at last, be. But it is even more dangerous not to think on it.
The Bible teaches us to believe differently. The first article of the Apostles’ Creed affirms that there is a God. We are living in the world that he has made and sustains. And we can know him as a loving Father!
The Apostles’ Creed handily summarizes the entire Christian faith using the scheme of the Trinity. But more basically it helps believers declare their total dependence on the Triune God. Let’s learn from the Creed to affirm the Trinity.
When we approach the topic of God’s will, we have to acknowledge the mystery of God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility. When we face mysteries like these, we often find ourselves leaning heavily toward one side or the other. However, we do so at the peril of truth.