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To Him therefore, with the Father and the Holy Ghost, let us give continual Thanks.

See above, No 1, and 16.

18.

Prop. Pref. O Lord, [Holy Father, 7 Almighty, e. on Trinity- verlasting God: Who art One God, One Sunday. 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.

There is no passage in the whole Service so apt to be understood in a wrong Sense, as This; nor which so much requires (as the Preface to the Book of Common-Prayer expreffes it) to be allowed such juft and favourable Construction, as in common Equity ought to be allowed to all Human Wri. tings, especially such as are set forth by Authority, and even to the very best Translations of the Scripiure it felf. For, (the words, Lord, Holy Father, Almighty everlasting God, and Who art, being all Personal;) the firft obvious, natural and grammatical Sound of the whole Sentence is, that the Person of the Father is not one only Perfon, but Three Perfors. Which being manifestly absurd, contrary to the Doctrine of Scripture, to num

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berless other expressions in the Liturgy, and to
the true intent of this Passage it self: The mean-
ing of it therefore, consistent with what is set
forth in other places, muft of necessity be ; that
God the Father Almighty is not to be considered
by us fongly in the Jewish or Sabellian Sense, buc
that With him always Are bis Son and his Spirit,
by immediate ineffable Derivation from him, and
in intimate Union and Communion with him ;
by and through whom He acts and governs all
things, and manifests his Glory in and by them
plenarily and without meafure.

+ See above in this chapter, No 3, 4o 5, 8.
* See above in this chapter, No 14.
* See above in this chapter, No 5, 6, 7.

19. And the Blessing of God Almighty, The Bles: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, fing. be amongst you, &c.

See above in this chapter, No 3, 4, 5, 8, and 18.

20.

First, I learn to believe in God the Fa- The Caten

chifm. ther, &c. 2ly in God the Son, &c. 3ly in God the Holy Ghoft, &c.

See above in this chapter, No 3, 4, 5, 8: and, in the fore-going chapter, Sect. II, Nogo.

21.

In the Of

God the Father, God the Son, God fice of Ma- the Holy Ghost, bless, preserve and keep trimony,

See above in this chapter, No 3, 4, 5, and 8.

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Teach us to know the Father, Son, Hymn. And Thee, of Both, to be but * One.

* Not, sso one and the same perfon ; but, šv, one and the same thing : As has been explained above, Part I, No 594, 600, and 609.

23.

In the same.

One God in Persons Three,

Co-equal Three in One. How these words may be understood agreeably to the Doctrine of Scripture, and to the other expressions in the Liturgy; see above in this chapter, No 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8; and compare, in the fore-going chapter, Sect. II, No 67.

24.

Article the First.

There is but One living and true God, everlasting, without Body, Parts, or Passions ; of infinite Power, Wisdom and

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Goodness; the Maker and Preserver of all things both visible and invisible. And in Unity of this Godhead, there be † Three persons, of one * Substance, power and eternity; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.

It is not reconcileable either with the Doctrine of Scripture, or with the Expressions of the Liturgy cited in the foregoing chapter, or with this Article it self; to understand the words either in such a manner, as if they fignified that God was a Being compounded of three Persons, as of so many Parts; or that the Three Persons, were only so many distinct Appellations and Denominations of One and the same Person. But the consistent and intelligible Meaning of them, can be no other than This; That there is One God, viz. he whom in the Creed we daily profess to believe in; One God, the Father Almighty; (so it is in the Nicene Creed; and, as the learned and judicious Author of the History of the Creed has shown, in all the ancient both Greek and Latin Copies of the Apostles Creed likewise; and, in the Athanafian Creed it self, The Father, God Almighty :) And that With Him, by immediate Union with him, and ineffable Communication of Being and Power from him, always Are his Son and his Spirit : So that, not in his own Perfon only, but in and by his Son and Spirit, is His divine Power, Glory and Majesty, continually and plenarily manifested.

+ See above in this Chapter, No 3, 4, 5, and 8.

* See above in this Chapter, No 14.

25.

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Article the The Son, which is the Word of the second. Father, begotten from everlasting of the

Father, the very and eternal † God, of one Substance with the Father ; c.

+ See above in this chapter, No 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8.

* See above in this chapter, No 14.

26.

Article the The Holy Ghost, proceeding from the Fifth.

Father and the Son, is of One * Substance, Majesty and Glory, with the Father and the Son, very and eternalf God.

* See above in this chapter, No 14 and 4.

+ See above in this chapter, No 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8.

27.

Article the

The Three Creeds, Nice Creed, AEighth. thanasius's Creed, and that which is com

monly called the Apostles Creed, ought throughly to be received and believed ; for they may be proved by most certain Warrants of Holy Scripture.

See above in this chapter, No 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, & 15.

THE END.

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