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Lord's Day 8

24. How are these articles divided?

Into three parts: the first is of God the Father and our creation the second, of God the Son and our redemption, the third, of God the Holy Ghost and our sanctification1.

  1. Eelect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace be multiplied. 1 Pet. 1:2 .

    * For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. 1 John 5:7 .

 

25. Since there is but one Divine Being1, why do you speak of three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Ghost?

Because God has so revealed Himself in His Word2, that these three distinct persons are the one, true, eternal God.

  1. “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one!" Deut. 6:4 .
  2. “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Because the LORD has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound. Isa. 61:1 .

    The LORD said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.” Ps. 110:1.

    When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Matt. 3:16,17 .

    Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Matt. 28:19 .

    For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. 1 John 5:7 .

    * The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all Amen'
 

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