Dr. Gregg Strawbridge - The Trinity


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Scripture and orthodox creeds teach the doctrine of the Trinity, namely that there is one God consisting in three eternal persons, all of Whom are worshiped as God. This is Nicene Orthodoxy (325, 381 AD). The Athanasian Creed (sixth century) a few centuries later expounds further, “That we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity; Neither confounding the Persons; nor dividing the Essence. For there is one Person of the Father; another of the Son; and another of the Holy Ghost. But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, is all one; the Glory equal, the Majesty coeternal.” In the Reformation period, orthodox Protestant creeds (Lutheran, Anglican, and Reformed) affirmed the Trinitarian view of God. For example, the Lutheran Augsburg Confession (1530) said we “do teach that the decree of the Nicene Synod concerning the unity of the divine essence and of the three persons is true, and without doubt to be believed.” The Anglican Thirty-Nine Articles (1536-71): “There is but one living and true God . . . And in unity of this God-head there be there be three Persons, of one substance, power, and eternity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.” The Swiss Confession (2nd Helvetic) says “that the same immense, one and indivisible God is in person inseparably and without confusion distinguished as Father, Son and Holy Spirit so, as the Father has begotten the Son from eternity, the Son is begotten by an ineffable...

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