believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection
of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen."
Dove. the Dove symbolizes the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the
Trinity, and the "Other Counselor" sent to believers to be with them
and in them. John 14:15ff. He is the Eternal God at work in and through
"The Church" to accomplish His purposes.
Grapes. "Blessed art thou, O Lord Our God; King of the Universe,
Creator of the fruit of the vine." This fruit points to Christ;
His life's blood poured out for sinners. It also refers to Holy
Communion, and the fruit He produces in and through the life of
the believer. Galatians 5:22.
Chalice. The sacrament of Holy Communion -- "This cup is the New
Covenant in My Blood, which is poured out for you." Luke 22:20.
Partaking, we proclaim His death for sinners, until He comes.
Matthew 26:27-29; Mark 14:23-25; I Corinthians 11:25.
Wheat. "Blessed art thou, O Lord Our God, King of the Universe,
Who bringeth forth Bread from the Earth." Out of a kernel of wheat
that dies in the earth springs resurrection life. Jesus died, was
buried, and after three days, the glory of the Father raised Him
up from the dead. Romans 6:4. This is beautifully depicted in
Holy Communion and Baptism.
Bread. The sacrament of Holy Communion -- "This is my body given
for you; do this in remembrance of me." Luke 22:19. Partaking, we
become His Body on Earth, receiving from Him "nourishment" and grace
to do His will, and proclaiming His death for sinners, until He
comes. Matthew 26:26; Mark 14:22; Luke 22:19; I Corinthians 11:24.
Scallop Shell and Three Drops of Water. These represent water and Spirit
baptism into the body of Christ, "The Church", in the name of the
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19.
Fallen Wheat Seed and New Growth. Even the Believer must die to all
that is not of God; sin, sin nature, and the world. But God raises
him to new life in Christ. John 12:24,25; Romans 6; and I Corinthians
15:35-58. Wherever the "Word of God" is faithfully preached and these
sacraments offered, there is the church, communion of saints, and
forgiveness of sins. There also is the promise of the resurrection
of the body and life everlasting.