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Other Allusions to Creeds.

 

The duty of confessing the faith is taught by our Lord, Matt. x. 32, 33, and by St. Paul, Rom. x. 9, 10.

Allusions to a creed may be found in the following passages:

Acts xvi. 31, where Paul and Silas, in answer to the question of the jailer at Philippi, say: 'Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shall be saved, and thy house.'

Rom. xii. 6: ' The analogy of faith' ( κατὰ τὴν ἀναλογίαν τῆς πίστεως ).

1 Cor. xv. 3: 'I delivered unto you among the first things that which I also received, that Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day, according to the Scriptures,' etc.

2 Tim. i. 13, 14: 'Hold fast the form of sound words [ ὑποθύπωσιν τῶν ὑγιαινόντων λόγων , a sketch or outline of the healing words] which thou hast heard from me, in faith and love, in Christ Jesus. That good thing which was committed unto thee [ τὴν παραθήκην , 8or παρακαταθήκην, the deposit] keep, by the Holy Ghost, which dwelleth in us.' Comp. ver. 12, and 1 Tim. vi. 20 ( τὴν παραθήκην φύλαξον ).

Heb. v. 12: 'Ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of god' ( τὰ στοιχεῖα τῆς ἀρχῆς τῶν λογίων τοῦ θεοῦ ). Comp. vi. 1, 2.

1 John iv. 2: 'Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh [ ὁμολογεῖ Ἰησοῦν Χριστὸν ἐν σαρκὶ ἐληλυθότα ] is of God.'

2 John 10: 'If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine [ ταύτην τὴν διδαχην , viz., the doctrine of Christ, ver. 9], receive him not into your house.'

Jude 3: 'Exhorting that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints' ( τῇ ἅπαξ παραδοθείσῃ τοῖς ἁγίοις πίστει ).

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