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The Only Creed that Matters
03/20/2009Posted by on
Wow! I did not realize this!! I am in my fifties and I am just finding this out. Oh, My God, why didn’t someone tell me sooner.
Someone asked: “What are you talking about?” “What did you need to know sooner?”
I did not know until recently that the earliest description of the life of Jesus was not included in any of the Gospels. The earliest description is found in the Apostle Paul’s writings—I Corinthians 15.
A creed was developed by the early Christians and the Apostle Paul received it from other Apostles, Peter and James. Critics believe he received it when he first went up to Jerusalem, see Gal 1: 18-19.
So what is this creed and how do we know it was a creed?
How do we know? Form criticism experts have done the research to determine that within these verses is the creed delivered to Paul.
What is the creed? I Corinthians 15: 3b-6a, and verse 7
…that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures…
…and that he was buried…
…and that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…
…and that he was seen by Cephas, then by the Twelve…
…then he was seen by over five hundred brethren at once…
…then he was seen by James, then by all the apostles…
So, there it is. A statement of faith by the earliest Christians going back to just after Jesus rose from the dead.
What is a creed? It is generally a summary statement about an event or set of beliefs. In this case it is both, because events were involved and these events established facts related to beliefs.
Could this be legend? I think not. This is a news flash of what happened right after it happened. It was coded and stated by Christians to one another and to others around them.
Do you believe these statements about Jesus? Do you want to investigate the earliest writings about him? Here it is. Read 1 Corinthians 15 and then move to the next documentation: the Gospel of Mark or any of the other gospels.