this most certain truth.
“These are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.”
We believe that God has made us and every creature.
God gave you a body and soul, your reason and senses, and He still takes care of you. He richly provides you with everything you need to daily sustain your body and life, like clothing, food, home, family, property, animals, and everything else. He protects you from danger and guards you from evil.
All this He does as a father, out of pure, divine love and mercy, without any merit on your part. In return you praise, serve, and obey Him.
We believe that our Lord Jesus Christ is true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and also true man, born of the Virgin Mary.
Jesus has redeemed you, a lost and condemned creature. He purchased and delivered you from all sin, from death, and from the power of the devil—not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood and His innocent suffering and death. He is risen from the dead and lives and reigns to all eternity. All this He has done to be your Lord and that you would be His own, to live under Him in His kingdom and serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness.
We cannot believe in Jesus Christ as Lord or come to Him by our own reason or strength.
The Holy Spirit calls you by the Gospel and enlightens you with His gifts. He sanctifies and keeps you with Jesus Christ in this one true faith, along with the whole Christian church on earth.
In this Christian church He daily and fully forgives your sins. On the last day, He will raise you and all the dead and give you and all believers in Christ eternal life.