The following is taken from George McDonald’s Sermons. It is attached to his sermon on Justice which has largely to do with what God is by being Just and the difference between that and man’s idea of both justice and God in how He means it. The following had the sub-heading “MacDonald Creed”. I can’t say that from all I’ve read and therefore sat and “got to know” of this man; that he would have titled it so. I think he would simply have titled it “I Believe. ..” with the only desire that all who read it would themselves. .. for only to the glory of God. .. ask that the Father in heaven would make of the words some sense of ‘bread’ for the soul. That in reading them and being so raised inside to reflect their meaning. .. that they would become the true essence of Who they (the Words) are… the very reflection of Yeshua (Jesus) who said them first. .. with every breath He took, every action He set forth to do, and every thought He sent forth from His Father’s mouth to Live. Without adding more. .. here it is.
I believe in Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, my elder Brother, my Lord and Master; I believe that He alone has a right to my absolute obedience wheninsoever I know or shall come to know His will; that to obey Him is to ascend the pinnacle of my being; that not to obey Him would be to deny Him.
I believe that He died that I might die like Him – die to any ruling power in me but the will of God – live ready to be nailed to the cross as He was, if God will it. I believe that He is my Savior from myself, and from all that has come of loving myself, from all that God does not love, and would not have me love – all that is not worth loving; that He died that justice, the mercy of God, might have its way with me, making me just as God is Just, merciful as He is Merciful, perfect as my Father in heaven is Perfect.
I believe and pray that He will give me what punishment I need to set me right, or keep me from going wrong. I believe that He died to deliver me from all meanness, all pretense, all falseness, all unfairness, all poverty of spirit, all cowardice, all fear, all anxiety, all forms of self-love, all trust or hope in possession; to make me merry as a child, the child of our Father in heaven, loving nothing but what is lovely, desiring nothing I should be ashamed to let the universe of God see me desire.
I believe that God is Just like Jesus, only greater yet, for Jesus said so. I believe that God is absolutely, grandly beautiful, even as the highest soul of man counts beauty, but infinitely beyond that soul’s highest idea – with beauty that creates beauty, not merely shows it, or itself exists beautiful. I believe that God has always done, is always doing His best for every man; that no man is miserable because God is forgetting him; that he is not a God to crouch before, but our Father, to whom the child-heart cries exultant, “Do with me as You will.”
I believe that there is nothing good for me or for any man but God, and more and more of God, and that alone through knowing Christ can we come nigh to Him.
I believe that no man is ever condemned for any sin except one – that he will not leave his sins and come out of them, and be the child of Him who is His Father.
I believe that justice and mercy are simply one and the same thing; without justice to the full there can be no mercy, and without mercy to the full there can be no justice; that such is the mercy of God that He will hold His children in the consuming fire of His distance until they pay the last penny, until they drop the purse of selfishness with all the dross that is in it, and rush home to the Father and the Son, and the many brethren – rush inside the Centre of the life-giving fire whose outer circles burn. I believe that no hell will be lacking which would help the just mercy of God to redeem His children.
I believe that to him who obeys, and thus opens the doors of his heart to receive the eternal gift, God gives the Spirit of His Son, the Spirit of Himself, to be in him, and lead him to the understanding of all truth; that the true disciple shall thus always know what he ought to do, that the Spirit of the Father and the Son enlightens by teaching righteousness.
I believe that no teacher should strive to make men think as he thinks, but to lead them to the Living Truth, to the Master Himself, of whom alone they can learn anything, who will make them in themselves know what is true by the very seeing of it. I believe that the inspiration of the Almighty alone gives understanding. I believe that to be the disciple of Christ is the end of being; that to persuade men to be His disciple is the end of teaching.
Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah