Article 2 – The Trinity

2 August, 2017
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2. God and the Holy Trinity

The Lord our God is the one and only living and true God (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5-7; 1 Corinthians 8:4-6). The Lord our God is infinite, omnipotent (all-powerful), omniscient (all-knowing), omnipresent (ever-present), omnibenevolent (all-loving), and Immutable (unchanging). In His divine and infinite Being there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 John 5:7). All are one in substance, power and eternity. All three persons of the Trinity have the whole divine essence—all three are completely God, yet undivided (Exodus 3:14; John 14:11; 1 Corinthians 8:6). All three are infinite, without beginning or end, and therefore only one God, who are not to be divided in nature or being, but distinguished by their separate and distinctive roles and also their personal relations.

The Father:

The Father is the first person of the Godhead; He is eternal and was not derived from any other being.

The Son:

The Son is the second person of the Trinity; He is eternally begotten of the Father and eternally one with the Father (John 1:14, 18). To become man He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary (Matthew 1:22-23, Luke 1:27, 31, 35). Therefore, Jesus had two whole, perfect, and distinct natures that were inseparably joined together in one person, without conversion (His divine nature was not transformed into humanity), composition (the two natures were not mixed), or confusion (the two natures were not incompatible and there is no contradiction). Jesus was fully divine and fully human.

The Holy Spirit:

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity; He also is eternally one with the Father and Son yet he proceeds (sent) from the Father and the Son (John 15:26; Galatians 4:6)

The Sovereignty of God:

The one true and eternal triune God is Immutable (unchanging and unchangeable). God is totally in control and King over all. According to the scriptures, all that comes to pass does so at the decree and determination of God (Psalm 103:19; Proverbs 16:4; 1 Chronicles 29:11-12; Daniel 2:20-23; 4:3,34; Acts 17:26; Romans 11:36; Ephesians 2:11).

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