The Apostles’ Creed is something we say in Traditions every Sunday. For those of us who grew up in a traditional denomination like the Methodist church, we learned it at a young age along with the Lord's Prayer and the Gloria Patri.
How many times do you really think about what you say in this creed? The last part of the creed focuses on the Holy Spirit, which units all Christians on earth and across time, forming the Universal or holy catholic church.
Then we talk about the communion of saints. This is the people who have gone before us in the "cloud of witnesses" (Heb. 12), who have lived a life of faith and dedication to God and who now have joined our Lord and Savior in glory.
All the people who have gone before us, have show us what is means to live a life of great faith. They have showed us what it means to live in Holy Communion with other Christians. Dr. Tennet goes on to write,
He is saying that we must be more than just friends with other Christians. We must first be under the Lordship of Jesus Christ; then we must be spiritually connected to others who are also under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. That spiritual connection can span the boundaries of time or the borders of nations..
This weekend, as we celebrate All Saints Day, we remember that cloud of witnesses that have gone before us and are spiritually connected to us. Take some time and think about who has witnessed to you in your faith and who has now gone on into glory.
Thoughts to ponder:
- Who had been the one person to influence you the most in your spiritual walk?
- Who lead you to Jesus?
- Who do you celebrate this year that has joined Christ in glory?
- Do you think you have the same type of faith as these people you are remembering?