WEEK 2, DAY 2: God’s Only Begotten Son, Our Lord
The term begotten isn’t one we use as a regular part of our vocabulary. It’s included in the Apostles’ Creed, however, to show that Jesus was a physically born Son of God. While He did come from heaven down to earth, He did so in a way that was completely unexpected. He was…begotten. Fathered by God Himself. Conceived by the Holy Spirit. And born of the virgin Mary.
But here in this Article of the Apostles’ Creed, there are two other words that are seemingly out of place — our Lord. Up until now, the Creed has focused on what the person saying it believes, “I believe…” But now there’s a sudden turn in direction, bringing unity to all who are saying the Apostles’ Creed aloud. “I believe in Jesus Christ…our Lord.”
More than anything, this shows that Jesus is at the very center of the Christian faith. In other words, it’s not possible for somebody to say, “I believe in Jesus, but he’s not my Lord.” Instead, anybody who says, “I believe in Jesus,” must be able to follow it up with, “…our Lord.” He is Lord not only of one person, but of all people who have professed faith in Him.
READING & JOURNALING:
Why do you think the words “Our Lord” are used in this part of the Apostles’ Creed?
On a scale of 1-10, how difficult is it for you to sing, pray, and worship with those who profess faith in Jesus, but who have different political beliefs (or other different convictions) than you do? Why do you think that is?
Heavenly Father, forgive me for struggling to worship You when I am with others who live or think differently than me. This struggle proves that I put other issues ahead of You. May I continue to grow so that You and You alone are my Lord and King, and the most important person in my life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
The F260 is a Scripture Reading Plan designed to read through the foundational passages of the Bible through a year (September 2019 – August 2020). It is a separate reading from the daily devotional but is included for those who would like to engage with the Scriptures on a deeper level throughout the year.
Read: 2 Samuel 24, Psalm 24
Journal: Write it out. Following the pattern from 7 Arrows Page (click here) what did you learn from today’s reading?
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