In his commentary on the Third Article of the Apostles Creed, Martin Luther wrote: “On the last day the Holy Spirit will raise me and all the dead and will give me and all believers in Christ eternal life. This is most certainly true.”
That’s all there is. There is not a description of how, when or where. The “why” is laid out over the arc of Scripture – that it is God’s nature to work for life, healing and community. The life everlasting is the ultimate act of divine creation.
The work of the Holy Spirit in the life everlasting goes beyond the raising of the dead. Helping us to believe in the life that is to come keeps us from the chaos of believing that only the present matters. Leaning on the everlasting arms, rather than on our own understanding, gives us the stable place from which to live lives of discipleship in love.
This is excerpted from the Bible study “The Apostles Creed” by Julia Seymour in the November 2017 Gather magazine. All are welcome to attend a Blue Christmas service via Zoom, December 21 at 7 p.m. (CST).
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