Tuesday, May 23, 2006

This Is What We Must Beleive Concerning The Trinity

This Is What We Must Believe Concerning The Trinity

The Athanasian Creed - QUICUNQUE VULT
The Catholick Faith is this : That we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity; Neither confounding the Persons : nor dividing the Substance.

This is the Catholick Faith : which except a man believe faithfully, he cannot be saved.



The Persons and Godhead of the Trinity:


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.

God Uncreated:

> The Father uncreate,
> the Son uncreate : and
> the Holy Ghost uncreate.

And yet there are not three uncreated but one once uncreated.


The Father is made of none : neither created nor begotten. The Son is of the Father alone : not made nor created, but begotten. The Holy Ghost is of the Father and of the Son : neither made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding.


God Incomprehensible Yet:

> The Father incomprehensible,
> the Son incomprehensible : and
> the Holy Ghost incomprehensible.

And yet there are not three incomprehensibles : but one incomprehensible.


God Eternal:


> The Father eternal,
> the Son eternal : and
> the Holy Ghost eternal.

And yet there are not three eternals : but one eternal.



God Almighty:

> The Father is Almighty,
> the Son Almighty : and
> the Holy Ghost Almighty.

And yet there are not three Almighties : but one Almighty.

Each Person of the Trinity is God:

> The Father is God,
> the Son is God : and
> the Holy Ghost is God.

And yet there are not three Gods : but one God.



Each person of the Trinity is Lord:

> The Father is Lord,
> the Son Lord : and
> the Holy Ghost Lord.

And yet not three Lords : but one Lord.



Being Compelled and Forbidden:

> We are compelled by the Christian verity : to acknowledge every Person by himself to be God and Lord;

> So are we forbidden by the Catholick Religion : to say, There be three Gods or three Lords.


Intratrinitarian Relationship:

> The Father is made of none : neither created nor begotten.
> The Son is of the Father alone : not made nor created, but begotten.
> The Holy Ghost is of the Father and of the Son : neither made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding.


One Father, One Son, One Holy Spirit:

> So there is one Father, not three Fathers;
> one Son, not three Sons :
> one Holy Ghost, not three Holy Ghosts.


The Trinity, Co–eternal and Co-equal:

And in this Trinity none is before 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 worshiped.


Necessary To Everlasting Salvation:


To believe rightly concerning the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ

that he also believe rightly the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ. For 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 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; Who suffered for our salvation : descended into hell; rose again the third day from the dead; He ascended into heaven, he sitteth on the right hand of the Father, God Almighty : from whence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. At whose coming all men shall rise again with their bodies : and shall give an account of their own works. And they that have done good shall go into life everlasting : and they that have done evil, into everlasting fire.

This is the Catholick Faith : which except a man believe faithfully, he cannot be saved.

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