Baptism Challenge - Day 15

Welcome to Day 15 of the Baptism Challenge! 

 

Here's the scripture in today's video: 1 John 4:15

Each day, I'll be including the Scripture of the day in 3 different versions: ESV, NIV, and KJV. If you have a preferred translations at your church, great. Hopefully it's one of these. It can be helpful to compare various translations to get a feel of the full texture of what the Scripture is saying. 

 

Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. (English Standard Version)

If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. (New International Version)

Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. (King James Version)

If you need a resource to help memorizing the Apostles Creed, check out this short video:

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
      creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
     who was conceived by the Holy Spirit
     and born of the virgin Mary.
     He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
     was crucified, died, and was buried;
     he descended to hell.
     The third day he rose again from the dead.
     He ascended to heaven
     and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
     From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
     the holy catholic church,
     the communion of saints,
     the forgiveness of sins,
     the resurrection of the body,
     and the life everlasting. Amen.

The second line in the Apostle’s Creed is, “And in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son our Lord.” The truth that Jesus is God’s Son is integral to our faith as Christians. Read 1 John 4:15.

 

15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.

 

Jesus is not God’s Son in the sense of a human father and a son. Jesus is God’s Son because He is God incarnate (God made flesh in human form). Jesus is God’s Son because He was conceived in Mary by the Holy Spirit and took the form of a human. Right before His crucifixion when Jesus was on trial, the High Priest commanded Jesus to say if He was the Son of God. Jesus replied, “It is as you say.” The Jewish people were astounded, because they realized that in claiming to be the Son of God, Jesus was claiming to be God. If Jesus is the Son of God, it means He is of the same nature as God. Hebrews 1:3 says, “He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.” All Christians believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. 

 

Challenge: Continue to memorize the Apostle’s Creed by moving on to the second section.