Bible Passage:The Apostles' Creed
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There are in the Apostles' Creed three sections: the three Persons of the Holy Trinity are therein enumerated. The first section refers to the Father, the second to the Son, and the third to the Holy Ghost. Now this article concerning the Holy Trinity is the most important of all the articles of the Christian faith, upon which all the other articles depend. We are first of all reminded that there are two ways of believing. The one, when I believe that God is, and know that those things are true which are said of the Turk, of the devil, or of hell. The other way of believing is when I believe in God: that is, when I not only believe that those things which are said of Him are true, but when I place all my trust and hope in Him, and so rest my mind upon Him as to have no doubt of His gracious goodwill toward me; and when I moreover believe that He will perform all those things in me which are gloriously said and proclaimed of Him. And this is the faith that is commanded in the first commandment, when it is said: Thou shalt have no other gods before Me. And as this faith or trust of heart can be set in no one but in God, and yet, as this same faith and trust of heart are set in Jesus Christ and in the Holy Ghost also, it is a conclusive proof that Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost are of the one same divinity as God the Father. For as the same faith is set equally in all three Persons, they are therefore all of equal divinity.
O Trinity in Unity
One only God and Persons Three;
In whom, thro' whom, by whom we live,
To Thee we praise and glory give;
O grant us so to use Thy grace,
That we may see Thy glorious face,
And ever with the heavenly host
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
aka Pastor Robin Fish
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