Theologically Singing — This I Believe (The Creed) by Ben Fielding & Matt Crocker (Hillsong)


Share

Each Theologically Singing is intended not as criticism, nor as blind faith. Rather, I expect to find God in each of these songs. Additionally, I will not be dealing with “live” versions and such, rather, just the lyrics. 

///

///

Sometimes it is very easy to look at a song and see where it comes from, like when you sing “Where the Spirit of the Lord Is” (2 Corinthians 3:17)1. Other times, there are songs that are not necessarily an obvious rendition of a Biblical passage, but rely heavily nonetheless — writing for The Gospel Coalition, Trevin Wax delved into the song “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)” and its obvious connections to Psalm 103.

However, having grown up reciting the Apostle’s Creed numerous times in church, when I started singing Ben Fielding & Matt Crocker’s ‘This I Believe (The Creed)’, it didn’t take me long to remember what I was singing, nor where it came from.

In all probability, the Apostles’ Creed has been a part of Christianity from the very first days of the Apostles. In a letter believed to be written by (Saint) Ambrose in 389 AD from the Church of Milan to Pope Siricius, the author writes that those doubting certain immutable facts of Christianity should “…give credit to the Creed of the Apostles, which the Roman Church has always kept and preserved undefiled.”2 Whether or not the Apostles’ Creed was in fact created by any of the Apostles of Acts or not, the fact is that this statement of our belief as Christians has been with the church for, literally, millennia.

///

Verse 1

Our Father everlasting
The all creating One
God Almighty
Through Your Holy Spirit
Conceiving Christ the Son
Jesus our Saviour

The God we sing to is “Yahweh … the everlasting God, the Creator of the whole earth. He never grows faint or weary; there is no limit to His understanding.” (Isaiah 40:28) By the Holy Spirit, one whole part of the whole, did Mary conceive the Saviour of the World, Jesus Christ. (Matthew 1:18, 20)

///

Chorus 1

I believe in God our Father
I believe in Christ the Son
I believe in the Holy Spirit
Our God is three in One
I believe in the resurrection
That we will rise again
For I believe in the Name of Jesus

When Jesus Christ was baptised by John the Baptist, we see for the first time the earthly-representation of a God that is “three in one”: for immediately after Jesus rose was baptised and rose from the water, “The heavens suddenly opened for Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming down on Him. And there came a voice from Heaven: This is My beloved Son. I take delight in Him!” (Matthew 3:16-17) This was God, Jesus’ Father, “the Father. All things are from Him, and we exist for Him. And there is one Lord, Jesus Christ. All things are through Him, and we exist through Him.” (1 Corinthians 8:6)

Jesus existed “in the form of God” but then “emptied Himself, by assuming the form of a slave, taking on the likeness of men. And when He had come as a man in His external form, He humbles Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death—even to death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:6-8)

But the story did not end there, for “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures … He was buried … He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures …” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4) He did this so that “sin’s dominion over the body may be abolished, so that we may no longer be enslaved to sin, since a person who has died is freed from sin’s claims.” (Romans 6:6-7) We therefore obey “His command: that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ”. (1 John 3:23)

///

Verse 2

Our judge and our defender
Suffered and crucified
Forgiveness is in You
Descended into darkness
You rose in glorious life
Forever seated high

God has judged fairly throughout all of history, and been recognised as such time and time again. With His birth on Earth, Jesus then became our judge. With “the nations will be gathered before Him,” Jesus “will separate them one from another”. (Matthew 25:32) Paul told Timothy that Christ Jesus would “judge the living and the dead”, describing Him as “the righteous Judge.” (2 Timothy 4:1, 8) Isaiah prophesied that  “the Lord is our Judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our King. He will save us.” (Isaiah 33:22) Ultimately, this dichotomy is one of the greatest mysteries and blessings God the Creator has given us — the promise of judgement and defence through His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus descended into the darkness of our sin — be it literal hell (1 Peter 319), or into the literal separation from God (Matthew 27:46), or be they exactly one and the same — but then rose again, and as He Himself prophesied, “…all of you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Power and coming with the clouds of heaven.” (Mark 14:62)

///

Bridge

I believe in You
I believe You rose again
I believe that Jesus Christ is Lord

Paul says, quite simply, “If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9) This simple confession holds a lot more than is uttered here — for we must also take all that Jesus as Lord means, which includes our own sinfulness — but this simple confession is the heart of our faith, and the heart of life.

///

Chorus 2

I believe in life eternal
I believe in the virgin birth
I believe in the saints’communion
And in Your holy Church
I believe in the resurrection
When Jesus comes again
For I believe in the Name of Jesus

Only by being “lifted up” on the cross (John 3:14) could Jesus bring “everyone who believes in Him” into “eternal life.” “For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) John, the Apostle who wrote these words, loved talking about our eternal future with God, and again returned to it in one of his later letters, saying, “God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.” (1 John 5:11) Only in Jesus Christ do we have this eternal life, and only Jesus our Lord, who was born of a virgin and who rose from the dead after dying on a cross for our sins, could have bought our lives from death.

Share
0 comments