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VII.

But some treat the Holy Trinity295295    Trias. in an awful manner, when they confidently assert that there are not three persons, and introduce (the idea of) a person devoid of subsistence.296296    ἀνυπόστατον. Wherefore we clear ourselves of Sabellius, who says that the Father and the Son are the same. For he holds that the Father is He who speaks, and that the Son is the Word that abides in the Father, and becomes manifest at the time of the creation,297297    δημιουργίας. and thereafter reverts to God on the fulfilling of all things. The same affirmation he makes also of the Spirit. We forswear this, because we believe that three persons—namely, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—are declared to possess the one Godhead: for the one divinity showing itself forth according to nature in the Trinity298298    φυσικῶς ἐν Τριάδι μαρτυρουμένη. establishes the oneness of the nature; and thus there is a (divinity that is the) property of the Father, according to the word, “There is one God the Father;”299299    1 Cor. viii. 6. and there is a divinity hereditary300300    πατρῷον. in the Son, as it is written, “The Word was God;”301301    John i. 1. and there is a divinity present according to nature in the Spirit—to wit, what subsists as the Spirit of God—according to Paul’s statement, “Ye are the temple of God, and the Spirit of God dwelleth in you.”302302    1 Cor. iii. 6.


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