Chapter 2. Of God and of the Holy Trinity

Read Chapter 2(Of God and of the Holy Trinity) of the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith

1. The Lord our God is but one only living and true God; whose subsistence is in and of Himself,1infinite in being and perfection; whose essence cannot be comprehended by any but Himself;2a most pure spirit,3invisible, without body, parts, or passions, who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto;4who is immutable,5who is immutable,6immense,7eternal,8incomprehensible, almighty,9every way infinite, most holy,10most wise, most free, most absolute; working all things according to the counsel of His own immutable and most righteous will,11for His own glory;12most loving, gracious, merciful, long-suffering, abundant in goodness and truth, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin; the rewarder of them that diligently seek Him,13and withal most just and terrible in His judgments,14hating all sin,15and who will by no means clear the guilty.16

2. God, having all life,17glory,18goodness,19blessedness, in and of Himself, is alone in and unto Himself all-sufficient, not standing in need of any creature which He hath made, nor deriving any glory from them,20but only manifesting His own glory in, by, unto, and upon them; He is the alone fountain of all being, of whom, through whom, and to whom are all things,21and He hath most sovereign dominion over all creatures, to do by them, for them, or upon them, whatsoever Himself pleases;22in His sight all things are open and manifest,23His knowledge is infinite, infallible, and independent upon the creature, so as nothing is to Him contingent or uncertain;24He is most holy in all His counsels, in all His works,25and in all His commands; to Him is due from angels and men, whatsoever worship,26service, or obedience, as creatures they owe unto the Creator, and whatever He is further pleased to require of them.

3. In this divine and infinite Being there are three subsistences, the Father, the Word or Son, and Holy Spirit,27of one substance, power, and eternity, each having the whole divine essence, yet the essence undivided:28the Father is of none, neither begotten nor proceeding; the Son is eternally begotten of the Father;29the Holy Spirit proceeding from the Father and the Son;30all infinite, without beginning, therefore but one God, who is not to be divided in nature and being, but distinguished by several peculiar relative properties and personal relations; which doctrine of the Trinity is the foundation of all our communion with God, and comfortable dependence on Him.