Prayer I Believe
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of the heavens and the earth.
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord!
The one who the Holy Spirit conceived, was born by the Virgin Mary.
The one who was afflicted, during the reign of Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. Those who descended into the waiting place rose from the dead on the third day.
The one who ascends to Heaven, sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
From there, he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church,
the Communion of Saints,
forgiveness of sins,
Prayer I Believe - (Extended)
I believe in one God,
The Father who is almighty,
creator of Heaven and Earth,
and all things visible
and of the one Lord Jesus Christ, the only
begotten Son of God.
He was born from the Father before all ages,
God from God,
Light from Light,
true God from true God.
He was born, not made,
of one substance with the Father;
all things were made by him.
He came down from Heaven for us humans
and for our salvation.
He was conceived of the Holy Spirit,
was born of the Virgin Mary, and became a human.
He was crucified for us during Pontius Pilate;
He suffered until he died and was buried.
On the third day, He rose according to the Scriptures.
He ascended to Heaven, sat beside the Father.
He will return gloriously,
judging the living and the dead;
His kingdom will never end.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
He is the Lord who gives life;
He is of the Father and the Son,
worshiped and glorified;
He spoke through the prophets.
I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
I confess one baptism
for the remission of sins.
and the afterlife.
Explanation of Prayer I Believe (Short Creed/Apostles’ Creed)
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of the heavens and the Earth. The use of my word
Why use the word I, not us, not me, not us. The words I and my are both the first person singular pronoun, while we is first person plural.
My word comes from the word sahaya which means servant or slave. But my word is more respectful than the word I, which is generally said by a person who is lower in position than the other Person (for example, when a subordinate speaks to a superior).
The vertical structure/level of the relationship appears when using the word I. The creed of faith is not addressed to God (vertical relationship) but to humans (horizontal relationship) before other people, ‘I declare my faith.’ Meanwhile, the word I is generally used by someone who is already in a close relationship with the other Person.
Our word was spoken by a group of people. If the word “we” is pronounced, it indicates a group; so that people are more willing to say it. It is precisely here that a person is required to be more daring in showing his courage, so that “My” words when spoken in the creed will show our courage (personally).
If we say our words to our formulation of faith in front of others, it is assumed that our interlocutors agree, even though it is not certain that our interlocutors are of the same faith. Because we live amidst all kinds of different beliefs. By saying me and not we, it clearly show where the belief is.
Trust in Jesus
What we believe in the creed of faith is the Triune God, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. God is ultimately one nature but can be recognized to be a Trinity.
Calling God the Father
Jesus himself said God the Father (Matthew 5:48; Mk 14:36; Luke 23:46; John 5:18), so we also say ‘I believe in God the Father…’
Jesus also taught us to pray to the Father in Heaven (Matthew 6: 9). Only in the faith of Jesus Christ, we dare to call God the Father.
By calling God the Father who is in Heaven the clearer the transcendence of God is, the more it becomes clear that God’s majesty is that he is in Heaven and transcends all of His creation. This Father is the special designation for God of Christians, God is at the same time transcendent and immanent, great at the same time close to and caring for humans.
We call the titles of God as Father (Mt 6:9), Almighty (Job 37:23; Mt 26:64), Creator (Gen. 14:19; Job 4:17; Rom. 1:25) because at that time the Jewish community embraced patrilineal understanding (lineage according to the father). The role of the Father is important in holding power, whether it is related to household descent, inheritance and so on. So the title Father to God represents God’s power in a way that is relatable to humans.
The title of Almighty, is very explicit… that Jesus’s power is above all other powers on earth, because he is almighty! Creator, means that God the Creator has power over all of His creations, with all that is in the heavens and the earth, and all depends on Him.
And in Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son, our Lord
The name Jesus was given by Joseph according to the angel Gabriel’s message. And it also means that God saves His people from their sins (Matthew 1:21)
Jesus is God’s Son who became human (compare John 1: 2.14). We know that Jesus is our Savior and Redeemer. So when we mention the name of Jesus, it means we are aware and believe that Jesus is the Savior and redeemer of our sins. Sin is a barrier to our relationship with God, so by atoning for human sins, Jesus rebuilds the relationship between humans and God.
Jesus is the child or the Son of God. The meaning of a child does not mean that God has a biological child. Because the understanding of a child does not have to absolutely mean a child born biologically. For example, the designation of a stepchild, student, golden child, foster child, and so on (who have a special relationship).
There is only one… Only Begotten Son of God (John 1:14, 18: 3, 16, 18). The close relationship between Jesus as a child and God as His Father can be seen in the words of Jesus Himself “I and the Father are one.” For what the Father does, the Son also does (John 5:19). Whoever sees Me, He sees the Father (John 14: 9), I am in the Father and the Father is in me (John 14: 10).
Jesus our Lord…, Jesus is God. We can see it in:
John 1: 1,
2Pe 1: 1
1Jo 5; 20
Even though Jesus was God, he was not the same as God the Father. “The Father is greater than I am” (John 14:28). Jesus is defined in the long creed.
Jesus is called God:
The Lord Jesus Christ (see Acts 15:11, Acts 16:31)
Jesus Christ Lord We (see 1Th 5; 28, 2Th 3; 18)
God Himself made Jesus Lord (see Acts 2:36).
Jesus became Lord because God raised Him from the dead. The title kyrios (Lord) is an honorary title that shows the aspect of power. According to Christians, Jesus is the one who has power over life and death, he is the Lord of lords.
What was conceived from the Holy Spirit, was born from the Virgin Mary
The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Triune God. Jesus was conceived from the Holy Spirit (see Matt. 1: 18-20, Luke 1:35), meaning that Jesus came from God and Jesus truly was God. This Godhead appears in His words.
“Before Abraham was born, I was ( John 8:58). O Father, glorify Me to You Himself with the glory I had in Your presence before the world existed ( John 17: 5).
Jesus started his work also made many miracles, for example healing a lame person (Matthew 9: 1-8), a deaf person ( Mk 7: 31-37), a leper (Matthew 8: 1-4) and also Jesus raised the dead. Lazarus ( John 11: 1-44), Daughter of Jairus (Mk 5: 21-43), Son of the widow of Naim ( Lk 7L11-17) and many more. We know that all these miracles were the work of God which Jesus did (see John 5:19, John 21:36).
Who suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified and was buried
Jesus suffered a passion, what was the suffering of Jesus’ passion like? The Passions that Jesus suffered:
Jesus was betrayed by Judas for 30 pieces of silver.
Left alone in the garden of Olives when he experienced death.
His body was flogged/whipped
His head was crowned with thorns
Carrying his cross from Pilate’s palace to the mountain of Golgotha
His feet were nailed
His hands were nailed
Even though Jesus was not guilty of being sentenced to death
He was flogged before being crucified at that time according to the custom of being a sick person in general. He was flogged thirty-nine times without stopping, wherein the tip of the whip had a metallic texture. The torment was terrible and blood was pouring out. Jesus was crowned with thorns. The crown of thorns that was worn on Jesus’ head must have pierced Jesus’ scalp, causing a lot of blood to flow out.
Who is Pontius Pilate?
Pontius Pilate was a Roman who was governor of Jerusalem. He was appointed by the emperor Tiberias (14-37 AD) and reigned from 26-36 AD. Ponsius Pilate wrote “ INRI ” ( Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum ) on the cross of Jesus (cf. John 19L19-22). Jesus was crucified according to (John 19:18). Did Jesus really die on the cross? In the Gospel of John, chapter 19, tells that Jesus really died on the cross. Because John saw Jesus directly die on the cross. So John bore his testimony and it was true (John 19:35, John 21:24). Likewise, the apostles, because of the gift of the Holy Spirit, preached and testified of Jesus’ death (see Acts 3: 12-15, Acts 5: 29-32).
Those who descended into the waiting place rose from the dead on the third day
According to the view of the Jews, nature is divided into three parts, namely earth, Heaven (above the earth), and under the earth. The earth is shaped like a wide and flat disc, and stands upright on the pillars and the pillars are above a wide ocean that surrounds it. Below the earth, there is a place called Sheol (the place of waiting). Everyone who is dead must stop by this place. So the place to wait is a place where all the dead gather, whether they have done good or evil. It was there that they were waiting for the resurrection of God.
Jesus came down to the place of waiting means that Jesus delivered the news of happiness and salvation for the righteous people who had lived and died before Jesus. But Jesus did not stay in that place of waiting, because Jesus had been resurrected by God, because it was impossible for Jesus to remain under the influence of the power of death (Acts 2; 24).
On the third day He rose among the dead. Yesu died on Friday afternoon, so he rose on Sunday morning (Matthew 28: 1). And the resurrection of Jesus according to His own word (mk 9:31) and scripture (Luke 23:27, 1 Cor 15: 4).
Jesus rose from the dead, it means that Jesus overcame death. Since death originated from sin (Rom. 6:23), by resurrection Jesus also defeated Sin. By overcoming want and sin, it means that Jesus becomes our Lord and Savior. Because God Himself made Jesus to be Lord and Christ (Acts 2:36).
Who ascends to Heaven, sits at the right hand of God the Father the Almighty
According to the Jewish understanding, Heaven is located above the earth, separated by a semicircular sky. It is in Heaven that Jesus reigns. This means that the expression Jesus ascended to Heaven because Jesus had completed His task in this world, Jesus lived together with God the Father. Jesus ascended to Heaven after 40 days of His resurrection (Acts 1:13). The place where Jesus ascended to Heaven was in Jerusalem, witnessed by His disciples. Jesus sat at the right hand of God the Father, meaning that Jesus took part in the power of God the Father. Jesus became the ruler and the King, because He is the King who comes in the name of God (Luke 19:39).
From there he will come to judge the living and the dead
Jesus will come to judge the living and the dead, that is, Jesus will be the Judge of all people from all ages and places. This power has been given to Jesus by God The Father (cf.Mt 28:18). Where God Himself determines Jesus to be the judge of the living and the dead (Acts 10:42).
I believe in the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the third Person of God.
He is a Comforter Spirit that comes from God the Father and the Son, but who is different from God the Father and the Son in His duties. His assignment teaches something and reminds us of all the teachings of Christ. (John 14:26). The Holy Spirit descended on the apostles on Pentecost Sunday, in Jerusalem (Acts 2: 1-5), 10 (ten) days after Jesus ascended to Heaven, or 50 (fifty) days after Christ was resurrected (Easter).
The Holy Spirit gives us 7 (seven) gifts (Isaiah 11:2)
- Fear of Jesus
Holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints
The word Church in Greek (eklesia), is in Latin (ecclesia), Portuguese (igreja) which means group or group. So the Church is a group of people who believe in Jesus Christ, who are baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit and carry on God’s work of salvation in the world. Or God’s People who are on pilgrimage to the Father’s house. God’s people who make pilgrimages to the Father’s house need a building to gather and worship together, this building is called a church. So:
- The Church (uppercase C) is the people of God
- The Church (lowercase c) is the building for places of worship
It is Christ Himself who leads the Church (invisibly, but in a worldly and visible manner, it is the Pope with the help of the gift of the Holy Spirit that the church is guided. The Pope acts as Christ’s representative in the world as the leader of the worldwide Catholic community. Peter is the first Pope. “And I also say to you: You are Peter and upon this rock I will build My Church and Hades will not prevail over it. I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven. What you are bound by in this world will be bound in Heaven and what you release in this world will be released in Heaven… ”(Matt. 16: 18-19) So the foundation of the Church was Peter and the other apostles.
Forgiveness of Sins
Forgiveness of sins means that through Jesus Christ, God renews the lives of weak humans who cannot save themselves. With the forgiveness of sins, a BLESSED life is restored and relationships with God and others that are tenuous and even broken because of sin can also be restored.
Forgiveness of sins is very necessary because with the forgiveness of sins, a life of grace and unity with God and our neighbors is restored. As long as there is no forgiveness of sins, our relationship with God and others is still tenuous or even disconnected.
Awakening of the body
The Resurrection of the Body means that humans who believe in Jesus Christ will rise with Him and live with Him in the glory of the Father. At baptism we are united with Jesus who died and at death we will join the risen Christ (Col 2; 12: 2 Cor 4:14).
Which means to live in unity with God in happiness and perfection forever. Life is independent of space, time, and elements. There is no life span and no labor or energy needed to live.
Amen is a cry of approval which means so it should be. The word amen at the end of the creed of faith or our prayers means that we agree with what we have said.
The Meaning and Interpretation of Prayer I Believe
Faith in Jesus
This prayer contains faith in Lord Jesus. It is evident from the first part where Catholics are asked to say:
“I believe in Jesus, the Father Almighty, creator of the heavens and the earth. And of Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord.”
So that in this prayer God’s people are asked to acknowledge not only the Father but also include Lord Jesus. Therefore, in praying I believe it’s important that there is faith in the Lord Jesus that is spoken sincerely.
Greatness of Jesus
Prayer I Believe also means the greatness of Jesus who is second to none. The prayer sentence states how Jesus is the main Creator who worked for the creation of humans and the creation of the heavens and the earth.
So that it is clear from the greatness of God that is declared and acknowledged by His people.
Therefore, one of the meanings in this prayer includes believing in Jesus who is great and powerful both above the heavens and under the earth and in no other name than God Himself who is able to conquer the world.
Promise of Salvation
The meaning of the next prayer I Believe is that it contains the promise of salvation in the Bible that God gave through His son, namely the Lord Jesus, who was willing to sacrifice himself on the cross to atone for human sins.
Therefore, this prayer gives the meaning of God’s great love for humans so that Lord Jesus’ sacrifice to help humans escape from sin and death.
This is the greatest proof of the love of Jesus and without realizing it, it turns out that in this prayer it is clearly given that this love is manifested through the sacrifice of Jesus.
Resurrection of the Lord
“Those who descended into the waiting place rose from the dead on the third day.”
So this shows the great power of God who can defeat death through His resurrection. Really no other God in the world can do that.
And only the power of God Himself loves His people so that it gives the resurrection as atonement for the origin of sins according to the Bible by humans.
The Holy Spirit
Prayer I Believe also means trusting in the Holy Spirit. Because in this prayer the words are emphasized:
“I believe in the Holy Spirit” which means acknowledging the presence of the Holy Spirit in every day living as a believer.
This Holy Spirit gives leadership in our lives to always do what is right and what God wants.
Therefore, through this prayer, God’s people are indirectly invited to acknowledge the presence of the gift of the Holy Spirit in their lives. It is through the presence of the Holy Spirit that God’s people do what is pleasing to God.
Furthermore, the meaning of the I Believe prayer includes believing in the eternal life promised by God. Because in this part of the prayer it is clearly stated that:
“I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the Communion of Saints, forgiveness of sins, resurrection of the body, eternal life. Amen. ”
So that by saying this prayer, God’s people will indirectly believe in eternal life as promised by God in the Bible and His Word.
Therefore, God’s people should always persevere in prayer to wait for the hope of eternal life in the future.
In fact, it turns out that the benefits of praying for Christians contain a great meaning which is the core of our faith in God.
Therefore, after understanding its meaning, it is better to pray seriously. Believe every word we say when we pray to God. Especially when praying I Believe.
Surely when our faith is spoken through prayer, there is a power of success according to Christianity that occurs in our lives. Our faith will be strengthened even more in the Lord Jesus.
So that in this way our life becomes an expression through a new person who is closer to God and His love. Amen.
Prayers I Believe in English (short version) - The Apostles Creed Prayer
I Believe (The Apostles Creed Prayer) ”Confession Short Version (ENGLISH)
I BELIEVE in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day He rose again.
He ascended into Heaven and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty.
From thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.
Prayers I Believe in English (extended version) - The Apostles Creed Prayer
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
Maker of all that is, seen and unseen.
We 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, con-substantial
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from Heaven:
and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
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.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He 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.