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CHAP. II.

Of God and of the Holy Trinity.

1. The Lord our God is but 2222 1 Cor. 8.4 6. Deut. 6.4.one only living, and true God; whose 2323Jer 10.10. Isaiah 48.12.subsistence is in and of himself, 2424 Exod 3.14.infinite in being, and perfection, whose Essence cannot be comprehended by any but himself; 2525Joh. 4.24.a most pure spirit, 26261 Tim. 1.17. Deut. 4.15,16. invisible, without body, parts, or passions, who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light, which no man can approach unto, who is 2727 Mal. 3.6. immutable, 28281 King. 8.27. Jer. 23.23. immense, 2929Ps. 90.2. eternal, incomprehensible, 3030Gen. 17.1. Almighty, every way infinit, 3131Isa. 6.3.most holy, most wise, most free, most absolute, 3232 Ps. 115.3. Isa. 46.10.working all things according to the councel of his own immutable, and most righteous will, 3333 Pro. 16.4. Rom. 11.36.for his own glory, most loving, gracious, merciful, long suffering, abundant in goodness and truth, forgiving iniquity, transgression and sin, 3434 Exod. 34.6,7. Hebr. 11.6.the rewarder of them that diligently seek him, and withall most just, 3535 Neh. 9.32,33.and terrible in his judgements, 3636 Ps. 5.5,6.hating all sin, and who will by no means clear the 3737 Exod. 34.7. Nahum. 1,2,3.guilty.

2. God having all 3838Joh. 5.26. life, 3939Ps. 148.13. glory, 4040Ps. 119.68.goodness, blessedness, in and of himself: is alone in, and unto himself all-sufficient, not 4141 Job, 22.2,3.standing in need of any Creature which he hath made, nor deriving any glory from them, but onely manifesting his own glory in, by, unto, and upon them, he is the alone fountain of all Being, 4242 Rom. 11.34.35,36. of whom, through whom, and to whom are all things, and he hath most soveraign 4343 Dan. 4.25. and v. 34, 35.dominion over all creatures, to do by them, for them, or upon them, whatsoever himself pleaseth; in his sight 4444Heb. 4.13. all things are open and manifest, his knowledge is 4545 Ezek. 11.5 Act. 15.18.infinite, infallible, and independant upon the Creature, so as nothing is to him contingent, or uncertain; he is most holy in all his Councels, in 4646 Ps. 145.17.all his Works, and in all his Commands; to him is due 4747 Rev. 5.12,13,14.from Angels and men, whatsoever worship, service, or obedience as Creatures they owe unto the Creator, and whatever he is further pleased to require of them.

3. In this divine and infinite Being there are three subsistences, 4848 1 Joh. 5.7. Mat. 28.19. 2 Cor. 13.14.the Father the Word (or Son) and Holy Spirit, of one substance, power, and Eternity, each having the whole Divine Essence, 4949 Exod. 3.14. Joh. 14.11. 1 Cor. 8.6.yet the Essence undivided, the Father is of none neither begotten nor proceeding, the Son is 5050Joh. 1.14.18.Eternally begotten of the Father, the holy Spirit 5151 Joh. 15.26. Gal. 4.6.proceeding from the Father and the Son, all infinite, without beginning, therefore but one God, who is not to be divided in nature and Being; but distinguished by several peculiar, relative properties, and personal relations; which doctrine of the Trinity is the foundation of all our Communion with God, and comfortable dependance on him.


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