"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
"According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:" (Ephesians 1: 3-4)
"Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you," (1 Peter 1: 20)
What is the Gospel, succinctly?:
"Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel:
"Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound.
"Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory." ( 2Timothy 2: 8-10)
"Christ Jesus with eternal glory" is an element which seems lacking for many believers. If they understand that Christ lives in every one of us, that it is His life and faith that move us and motivated us to be obedient, then more Christians would witness greater victory in their life by faith.
"For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us." (Romans 8: 18)
"But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
"But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God." (1 Corinthians 2: 9-10)
This glory is revealed to man's Spirit, which must be worked out by faith in "fear and trembling" (Philippians 2: 12), a Hebraism of great joy and humility.
This glory is Christ in us (Colossians 1: 27), our new identity as sons of God (John 1: 12)
In fact, God sees His Son when He sees us:
"For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." (2 Corinthians 5: 21)
John is more explicit of our new identity in Christ:
"Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world." (1 John 4: 17)
"Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us." (Romans 8: 37)
In order to appreciate our status in Christ, we must acknowledge that we are born again in our spirit, and that in our spirit we have the same power that raised Christ from the dead:
"That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
"The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
"And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
"Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places." (Ephesians 1: 17-20)
The element of Christ in us is conspicuously missing from the basic Creed which outlined the doctrinal truth of Christ.
To combat the manifold heresies that were threatening the Body of Christ and confusing many believers, the worlwide Christians communities gathred in Nicea to provide a summary defining Christ in line with the Scriptures. The Nicene Creed does not err in terms of doctrine, at least for what it contains. The lack in the Nicene Creed, which has deprived many believers of the fullness of Christ's majesty and power within them, must be corrected.
Here is the entire Creed. In bold-face type, I have included elements of the Good News which need to be included:
- the Father, the Almighty,
- maker of heaven and earth,
- of all that is, seen and unseen.
- I believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
- the only Son of God,
- eternally begotten of the Father,
- God from God, Light from Light,
- true God from true God,
- begotten, not made,
- of one Being with the Father;
- through him all things were made.
- For us and for our salvation
- he came down from heaven,
- was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary
- and became truly human.
- For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
- he suffered death and was buried.
- On the third day he rose again
- in accordance with the Scriptures;
- he ascended into heaven
- and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
- In the place of Highest Honor,
- Christ Jesus justifies and intercedes for His Body
- The community of saints
- He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
- and his kingdom has have no end.
- We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
- who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
- Who was poured on all flesh, as prophesied, on the Day of Pentecost
- By whose presence Christ lives and dwells in every believer
- Through Whom we have Reconciliation and Union with God the Father
- By the Holy Spirit, We are transformed from glory to glory
- Destined and determined to be one in likeness with Christ Jesus
- Being made the righteousness of God in Christ
- Infused with His power and honor and Resurrection Life
- who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified,
- who has spoken through the prophets.
- We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
- We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
- We look for the resurrection of the dead,
- and the life of the world to come. Amen
- (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_versions_of_the_Nicene_Creed_in_current_use)