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The Holy Ghost is of the Father and of the Son: neither made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding:

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

And in this Trinity none is afore or after other : none is greater, or less than another.

But the whole three Persons are co-eternal togegether: and co-equal.

So that in all things, as is aforesaid, the Unity in Trinity, and the Trinity in Unity, is to be worshipped.

He therefore that will be saved; must thus think of the Trinity.

FURTHERMORE, it is necessary to everlasting salvation, 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. 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 setteth 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 account for their own works.

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And they that have done good, shall go into life everlasting; aud they that have done evil, into everlasting fire.

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

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THIRD CREED OR CONFESSION,

Which is generally ascribed to Ambrose and Augustine, is that well-known hymn—“Te Deum.”—

We praise thee, O God; we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.

All the earth doth worship thee; the Father everlasting

To thee all angels cry aloud, the heavens, and all the powers therein.

To thee Cherubin and Seraphin, continually do cry,
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth;

Heaven and earth are full of the Majesty of thy glory:

The glorious company of the Apostles, praise thee.
The goodly fellowship of the Prophets praise thee.
The noble army of Martyrs praise thee.

The holy Church throughout all the world doth acknowledge thee.

The Father of an infinite Majesty.
Thine honourable, true, and only Son.
Also the Holy Ghost the comforter.
Thou art the King of Glory, O Christ.
Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father.

When thou tookest upon thee to deliver man, thou didst not abhor the Virgin's womb.

When thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death, , thou didst open the kingdom of heaven to all believers.

Thou sittest at the right hand of God, in the glory of the Father.

osus 315 We beljere that thou shalt come to be our judge.

We therefore pray thee help thy servants whom thou hast redeemed with thy most precious blood.

Make them to be numbered with thy Saints in glory everlasting:

O Lord, save thy people, and bless thine heritage.
Govern them and lift them up for ever.
Day by day we magnify thee.
And we worship thy name, ever world without end.

Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin.

O Lord, have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us.

O Lord, let thy mercy lighten upon us; as our trust is in thee.

O Lord, in thee have I trusted, let me never be confounded.

I HAVE remarked this in proofs of fact, and

have observed it in all the histories of Chris. tianity,--that those who have believed and taught truly and incorruptly the principal articles of faith concerning Jesus Christ, have afterwards stood in the true Christian faith safely and firmly. And that, although they may have had their certain errors and sins, they have yet been saved Christ is truly God and truly man, that he died for us and rose again, and holds fast that faith, will acquiesce in, and heartily assent to, all the other articles. So true is that which Paul saith, that Christ is the greatest and principal good, the foundation or basis, and the sum total; under whom, and to whom, are drawn and ga; thered all things. And as he saith also in another place, “In him are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge." And Christ himself saith, “He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit." And again,

And again, "He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scat tereth."

For, saith Paul, it is so decreed that in Christ Jesus should dwell all the fulness of the Godhead bodily, or substantially.

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VOL. II.

e and one will consider the matter closely, he will find,

Hence, he that does not find and apprehend God in Christ Jesus, will never find and apprehend God any where out of Christ, even though he should mount up above the heavens, or descend to the lowest hell, or, in a word go out of the world after him. For, saith God, It is here, here, in the human nature of Christ, born of the Virgin Mary, that I will dwell. If thou wilt believe this, thou shalt be blessed: but if not, go where thou wilt and do what thou wilt : yet, thy unbelief shall neither alter nor invalidate my decree. And most certainly, Christ, together with all his believers, will directly withstand thee, as they have hitherto ever withstood all the power of the devil and of the world.

AND AGAIN, I have ever observed this that all errors, heresies, idolatries, offences, and abuses, and all ungodliness in the church, have principally arisen from the contempt, or neglect, or utter loss, of this article or part of the Christian faith concerning Jesus Christ. And if that all errors directly militate against this saving article concerning Christ Jesus. Even as Simeon prophesied of him, “that he was set for the rise and fall of many

in Israel, and as a sign that should be spoken against.' And Isaiah, long before, predicted,' That he should be a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence.'--For whatever stumbles or is offended, must stumble and be öffended at this one Stone: he it is, that is the stumbling-stone in the way of all such, and that is “rejected" of the builders ;" as Christ himself shows in that 118th Psalm. And therefore, John also saith in his epistle, that there is no more certain mark whereby to distinguish lying and antichrist spirits, than the denying of Christ. "For all heretics have attempted to gain the victory and so triumph over this Christ; but they have gotten nothing but shame and confusion for their pains.

SOME OF THESE have attacked the Divinity of Christ, and that, not in one way only. For some, have stripped him of his Divinity altogether, and have con-tended that he was nothing more than a man. Others, have contended that he is the same person with the

Father, and have asserted that it was the Father himself that suffered for the human race. Others, again, have inventively made him a creator far more excellent than all the angels, and would have him called such a God as made all the other creatures, and yet, not truly and naturally the eternal God together with the Father.

Acute men have stretched their inventions upon this point in wonderful ways, and have jeoparded all their powers and faculties, that they might not be compelled to believe, that Christ is truly and naturally God; and have tried their utmost to find out and comprehend by their own reason the whole scripture, and more espécially this article, and to bend them down to their own opinions. This article however has, as a rock, stood immovable, while they have fallen headlong to destruction. Though the devil continued to scatter his poison in the hearts of the ungodly and unbelieving even unto the times of Mahomet, who tore away the East, a great part of the world, from Christ.

OTHERS, AGAIN, have attacked his Humanity; and they also have sported with their inventions in a wonderful way. The delirium of the Manichees was this :-- they considered Christ to be a certain shadow only which passed through the Virgin Mary, like a kind of spectre, which has neither a real body nor a real soul. -Others, denied that he had a soul, and imagined that his Divinity governed his body in the stead of a soul. Others, dreamed that he was not truly and naturally the Son of the Virgin Mary.--And the Jews think that they display a singular wisdom, in daring to assert that he was begotten of Joseph. And some of them have spoken so profanely, irreverently, and filthily of his conception, that what they have said is too bad to be repeated

The Jews have, as they imagine, brought the matter to a needle's point, when they argue, that there cannot be Three distinct Persons in the God-head." For (say they) they cannot be brothers or kinsmen : and therefore, they cannot, upon any grounds of reason, be considered to be 'Three equal Persons.-0, how acute and wonder

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