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3. Wisd. xvi. 12. It is not therefore the power of the creatures, which worketh their effects, but the goodness of God which worketh in them. In his word truly do all things consist. Hom. xxix. 1.
We believe that there is one certain nature and divine power, which we call God: and that the same is divided into three equal persons, into the Father, into the Son, and into the Holy Ghost; and that they be all of one power, of one majesty, of one eternity, of one Godhead, and of one substance. And although these three persons be so divided, that neither the Father is the Son, nor the Son is the Holy Ghost, or the Father: yet nevertheless we believe that there is but one very God: and that the same one God hath created heaven and earth, and all things contained under heaven. Jewell.
In one substance of God we must consider, the Father which of himself begat the Son even from eternity, the beginning and first author of all things; the Son, even from eternity begotten of the Father, which is the eternal wisdom of God the Father; the Holy Ghost, proceeding from them both, as the power of God spread abroad through all things, but yet so as it continually abideth in itself: and yet that God is not therefore di. vided. For of these three persons, none goeth before the other in time, in greatness, or in dignity ; but the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, three distinct Persons, in eternity of like continuance in power, even in dignity equal, and in Godhead one. There is therefore one eternal, immortal, almighty, glorious, the best, the greatest God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. For so hath the universal number of Christians, which is called the Catholic Church, taught us by the holy Scriptures concerning God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; where otherwise the infinite depth of this mystery is so great that it cannot with mind be conceived, much less with words be expressed, wherein therefore is required a simplicity of Christian faith ready to believe, rather than sharpness of wit to search, or the office of the tongue to express so secret and hidden a mystery. Nowell, p. 35.
In these Books we shall find the Father from whom, the Son by whom, and the Holy Ghost in whom, all things have their being and keeping up; and these three persons to be but one God, and one substance. Hom. i. 1. '
For as there are three several and sundry Persons in the Deity; so have they three several and sundry offices proper unto each of them; the Father to create, the Son to redeem, the Holy Ghost to sanctify and regenerate. Hom. xxviii. 1.
1 I will pray the Father, and he ever, even the Spirit of truth, John shall give you another Comforter, xiv. 16, 17. Through him (Christ) that he may abide with you for we both have access by one Spirit
be three Persons, of one substance, power, and
And the Catholic Faith is this, That we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity; neither confounding the Persons, nor dividing the Substance. For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Ghost. But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost is all one, the Glory equal, the Majesty co-eternal. Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Ghost. The Father uncreate, the Son uncreate, and the Holy Ghost uncreate. The Father incomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible, and the Holy Ghost incomprehensible. The Father eternal, the Son eternal, and the Holy Ghost eternal : and yet they are not three eternals, but one eternal. As also there are not three incomprehensibles, nor three uncreated; but one uncreated, and one incomprehensible. So likewise the Father is Almighty, the Son Almighty, and the Holy Ghost Almighty : and yet they are not three Almighties, but one Almighty. So the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Ghost is God; and yet they are not three Gods, but one God. So likewise the Father is Lord, the Son Lord, and the Holy Ghost Lord : and yet not three Lords, but one Lord. For like as we are compelled by the Christian verity to acknowledge every Person by himself to be God and Lord; so are we forbidden by the Catholic Religion to say, There be three Gods, or three Lords. And in this Trinity none is afore or after other, none is greater or less than another; but the whole three Persons are co-eternal together, and co-equal. So that in all things, as is aforesaid, the Unity in Trinity, and the Trinity in Unity, is to be worshipped. He therefore that will be saved, must thus think of the Trinity. Athan. Creed.
O God the Father, of heaven, have mercy upon us miserable sinners. O God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy upon us miserable sinners. O God the Holy Ghost, proceeding from the Father and the Son, have mercy upon us miserable sinners. O holy, blessed, and glorious Trinity, three persons, and one God, have mercy upon us miserable sinners. Litany.
Who art one God, one Lord; not one only person, but three persons in one substance. For that which we believe of the glory of the Father, the same we believe of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, without any difference or inequality. Therefore with Angels and Archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious name; evermore praising thee, and saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts, heaven
unto the Father. Eph. ii. 18. Be- hearts, crying Abba, Father. Gal. cause ye are sons, God hath sent iv. 6. There are three that bear forth the Spirit of his Son into your record in heaven, the Father, the
eternity; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
and earth are full of thy glory. Glory be to thee, O Lord most High. Amen. Com. Service.
Almighty and everlasting God, who hast given unto us thy servants grace, by the confession of a true Faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of the Divine Majesty to worship the Unity; We beseech thee, that thou wouldest keep us stedfast in this Faith, and evermore defend us from all adversities ; who livest and reignest one God, world without end. Amen. Collect for Trinity Sunday.
Unto God's gracious mercy and protection we commit thee. The Lord bless thee, and keep thee. The Lord make his face to shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee. The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace both now and evermore. Amen. Visitation of the Sick.
God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Ghost, bless, preserve, and keep you; the Lord mercifully with his favour look upon you; and so fill you with all spiritual benediction and grace, that ye may so live together in this life, that in the world to come ye may have life everlasting. Amen. Marriage Service.
The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord : and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you, and remain with you always. Anen. Com. Service.
Word, and the Holy Ghost: and and the love of God, and the felthese three are one. 1 John v.7. lowship of the Holy Ghost, be with The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, you all. 1 Cor. xiii. 14.
II. Of the Word, or Son of God, which was
made very Man. ATHI Son, which is the Word of the Father, begotten from everlasting of the Father, the d very and eternal God, and of one substance with the
. I believe in God, the Father, &c. and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. Apost. Creed. The Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost is all one; the glory equal, the majesty co-eternal. Such as the Father is, such is the Son. The Father uncreate, the Son uncreate. The Father incomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible. The Father eternal, the Son eternal. The Father is Almighty, the Son Almighty. The Father is God, the Son is God. The Father is Lord, the Son is Lord. Athan. Creed.
e I believe in God, the Father Almighty, &c. and in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of his Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made; being of one substance with the Father. Nicené Creed.
The Son is of the Father alone, not made, nor created, but begotten. Athan. Creed.
Thou art the King of glory, O Christ. Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father. Morn. Prayer.
e O Lord, the only-begotten Son Jesu Christ; O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us. For thou only art holy, thou only art the Lord, thou only, O Christ, with the Holy Ghost, art most high in the glory of God the Father. Com. Service.
h The Word was with God, and the fulness of the Godhead bodily. the Word was God. John i. 1. Col. ii.9. They shall call his name His name is called the Word of Emmanuel, which being interGod. Rev. xix. 13.
preted is, God with us. Matt. i. 23. c The Word was made flesh, and Isa. vii. 14. His name shall be dwelt among us (and we beheld called the Mighty God. Isa. ix. 6. his glory, the glory as of the only- Mighty to save. Isa. Ixiii. 1. Christ, begotten of the Father) full of who is over all, God blessed for grace and truth. John i. 14. Being ever. Rom. ix. 5. Feed the church the brightness of his glory, and of God, which he hath purchased the express image of his person. with his own blood. Acts xx. 23. Heb. i. 3. Whose goings forth have e I and my Father are one. John been from of old, from everlasting. X. 30. The Father is in me, and • Micah v. 2. Before Abraham was, I in him. John x. 38. Who being I am. John iii. 16.
in the form of God, thought it not d The Word was God. John i. 1. robbery to be equal with God. God was manifested in the flesh. Phil. ii.9. He that seeth me, seeth 1 Tim. iii. 16. In him dwelleth all him that sent me. John xii. 45.
Father, 'took Man's nature in the womb of the blessed Virgin, of her substance: so that stwo whole and perfect Natures, that is to say, the
Jesus Christ, being true and natural God, equal and of one substance with the Father, did at the time appointed take upon him our frail nature, in the blessed Virgin's womb; and that of her undefiled substance, that so he might be a mediator between God and us, and pacify his wrath. Hom, xxxii. 1,
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, very God, and the son of the Virgin, very man—which was conceived of the Holy Ghost, and born of the nature of the holy, chaste, and undefiled Virgin Mary; and of the same mother he was so born and nourished as other infants be, saving that he was altogether pure, and free from all contagion of sin. Nowell, p. 41.
When thou took est upon thee to deliver man, thou didst not abhor the Virgin's womb. Morn. Prayer.
The right faith is, that we believe and confess, that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God and Man; God of the substance of the Father, begotten before the worlds : and Man of the substance of his mother, born in the world ; perfect God, and perfect Man, of a reasonable soul, and human flesh subsisting; equal to the Father as touching his Godhead, and inferior to the Father as touching his manhood. Who although he be God and Man, yet he is not two, but one Christ. One not by conversion of the Godhead into the flesh, but by taking of the manhood into God: one altogether, not by confusion of substance, but by unity of Person. For as the reasonable soul and flesh is one man, so God and man is one Christ. Athun. Creed.
8 We are evidently taught in the Scripture, that our Lord and Saviour Christ consisteth of two several natures; of his manhood, being thereby perfect man; of his Godhead, being thereby perfect God. In that he did hunger and thirst, eat and drink, sleep and wake; in that he preached his Gospel to the people; in that he wept and sorrowed for Jerusalem; in that he payed tribute for himself and Peter; in that he died and suffered death: what other thing did he else declare, but only this, that he was perfect man as we are ? For which cause he is called in holy Scripture sometime the Son of David, sometime the Son of man, sometime the Son of Mary, sometime the Son of Joseph, and so forth. Now in that he forgave sins; in that he wrought miracles; in that he did cast out devils; in that he healed men
f Behold a virgin shall conceive forth his Son made of a woman. and bear a son, and shall call his Gal. iv. 4. It behoved him to be name Immanuel, which being in- made like unto his brethren. Heb. terpreted is, God with us. Isa. vii. ii. 17. 14. and Matt. i. 22, 23. When the Unto us a child is born, unto fulness of time was come, God sent us a Son is given. Isa. ix. 6. God