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Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
The Nicene Creed

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2 Corinthians 5:16–21

From the Confessions: The Nicene Creed

The Nicene Creed: “and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, and was made man, and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again with glory to judge the quick and the dead.”

Pulling It Together

Again, we see the additional statement that Christ did all that he did “for us.” Though it is mentioned here only in regards to crucifixion, earlier it is stated that the reason he came down from heaven was for us. We cannot expect to say it in every instance in the creed but it can be said here. He was born for us. He became man for us. He was crucified for us. He suffered for us. He was buried for us. He rose from the dead for us. He ascended to the right hand of the Father for us. And he will come again in power and great glory for us. When he returns, he will judge the dead as well as the living. This too, we confess he will do for us. For though we too will be judged, we will be found righteous by virtue of Christ having become sin for us. For our sake, Christ switched positions with sinners, so that they would be new creations, reconciled to God.

Prayer: I praise you, Lord Jesus, for all you have done for us. Help me to understand just how great a thing it was that you accomplished in your life, death, resurrection, and ascension. And help me to live the new life you have given me, by being your ambassador to others. Amen.

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