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3. The living and true God is without Body,

Parțs, or Passions.. 4. The living and true God is of infinite Power, * Wisdom, and Goodness." $. The living and true God is the Maker and Pre.

server of all things both visible and invisible. 6. There is but one such living and true God,

as is above describ'd...; 7. In Unity of this Godhead (viz. the Divine

Nature of the One living and true God before mention'd) there be Three Persons, viz. the

Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. . 8. These Three Persons (viz. the Father, the

Son, and the Holy Ghost) are of one Substance, Power and Eternity.

The word God is taken in different Senfes. Some: times it betokens a fictitious Deity of the Heathens, as other times the Image of such a suppos'd Deity, at other times an Angel, at other times à Magistrate. For this reason there are Gods many, as the Apostle speaks, i Cor.8.5. Our Church therefore determins the. Meaning of the Word, and Thews in what Sense she is here to be understood, by adding the Epithers living and true. Wherefore the treats in this Article of that one independent, immutable, and self-exiftent Being, who does in the highest Sense deserve to be call'd GOD; and The gives him the Appellation of the true God, to distinguish him, 1. from those Gods or Images of the Heathen, which have not an independent, im, mutable, and self-existent. Nature, and are for that. reason no Gods, that is, no true Gods, but false and pretended Deities, or the Images of such fanfied Beings ; 2. Front those Angels or Magistrates, who tho' they have the same Appellation, never

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theless are not true Gods, that is, they are not Gods in a strict and proper Senfe, but in a bor rowed and Metaphorical one. She gives him also the Appellation of a living God, to distinguish him from those lifeless Idols which the Pagans ador'd, and from all other Beings, which tho' they have Life, yer receive it from another. Whereas God has in himself an essential felf-existent Life; that is (not any such gross thing as what we call an animal Life, which depends upon an organiz'd Frame, and a Disposition of corporeal Parts; but) an internal ađive Principle of his own, which is inseparable from him. So that God is living, or does, live (not as the Creatures do, by virtue of a superior fustaining Power ; buc) absolutely, necessarily, and of himself.

i .. The First Propofition contain'd in this First Article, viz. That there is a living and true God, Dr. Clarke has proved in the Four First Propositions of his Demonstration, *The Second Proposition. See the Fifth Propofition of the same Book.

The Third Proposition. See the Eighth Propos sition of it. For since he has shewn, that God is immaterial, therefore he can have no Body of Parts, and consequently he can have no Passions, which are bodily Affections. But because God, in condescension to human Weakness, is sometimes represented in Scripture, as having the Passions of Love, Anger, &c. therefore the Tenth, Eleventh, and Fourteenth Chapters of the Second Book of Limborch's System may be perused. .

The Fourth Proposition. See Bishop Pearson on the First Article, beginning at I believe in God the Father Almighty, and ending at Maker, of Heaven and

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Earth; and the Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Propositions of Dr. Clarke's Demonstration.

The Fifth Proposition. See Bishop Pearson on the First Article, beginning at Maker of Heaven and Earth, and the last Paragraph of the Seventh Proposition of Dr. Clarke's Demonstration, wherein he confutes the Error of Spinoza... · The Sixth Proposition. See Dr. Clarke's first Pa. ragraph of his Seventh Proposition before mentioned, og

i The Seventh Proposition. See Bishop Pearson on the First Article, from I believe in God the Father, down to I believe in God the Father Almighty; and on the Second Article, from His Only Son, down to Our Lord; and on the Eighth Article from the Beginning down to the Paragraph which begins thus, Our Sixth and last Allertion (sufficient to manifest, &c.

The Eighth Proposition is therefore true, because there can be no more Godó than one, according to the Sixth Propofition.-Diccis :

The SECOND ARTICLE, Of the Word or Son of God which was made

..... very Man... .. i The Son, which is the Word of the Father, begotten

I from everlasting of the Father, the very and eter nal God, of one Substance with the Father, took Man's nature in the Womb of the blessed Virgin, of her Substance : So that two whole and perfe&t natures, that is to say, the Godhead and Manhood, were joyned together in one person, never to be divided, whereof is one Cbrift, very God and very Man, who truly suffer'd, was crucified, dead and

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kuried, to reconcile his Father to 15, and to be a Sacrifice. not only for original guilt, but also for a&tual fins of men,

This Article contains Ten Propositions.
1. The Son is the Word of the Father. bil

2. The Son is begotten from everlasting of the ., Father. ; ? .. . 1 6 3. The Son is the very and eternal God. ) -4. The Son is of one Substance with the Father.

5. The Son took Man's Nature in the Womb of . the blessed Virgin, of her Substance. !! 16. By the Son's taking Man's Nature, two whole

and perfect Natures, that is to say, the God. : head and Manhood, were joyned together in

one Person. 7. The two Natures joyn’d together in one Per

fon, are never to be divided. 8. Of those two Natures joyn'd in one Person

is One Chrift. 9. Christ is very God and very Man, . 10. Christ truly suffer'd, was crucified, dead and

buried, to reconcile his Father to us, and to be a Sacrifice, not only for Original Guilt,

but also for Actual Sins of Men..., The First Proposition is evident from Foln . 14. where Christ (who is the Incarnate Son, as the Article afterwards declares) is exprelly call'd the Word, that is, the Word of the Father; because he was in the beginning with the Father, v. 2. and is One God with the Father, as the last Proposition of the First Article afferts.

The Second and Third Propositions. See Bishop Pearson on the Second Article, beginning at His only Son, and ending at Our Lord,

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The Fourth is therefore true, because there can be no more than One God, according to the Sixth Proposition of the First Article.

The Fifth and Sixth Propositions. See Bilhop Pearson on the Third Article. ....'; ,

The Seventh Proposition needs no other Proof, besides this lingle Consideration, viz. That fiace Christ must ever continue in that Glory which he is pofseffed of; therefore that Union of the two Natures, by which he is Christ, must ever continue : *The Eightb Proposition is included in the Sixth.

The Ninth Proposition is included in the Third and Fifth

: The Tenth Propofition. See what References I have already made touching Christ's Satisfaction, in the foregoing Dire&tions for Studying a Generat System or Body of Divinity, p. 16, 2011 ved) ni siri hisia"; :;:; ,& 3.1. The THIRD ARTICLE at of the Going down of Chriftinto Hell. A s Chrift died for us, and was buried : So also it is A to be believed, that, he wens down into Hell.

That Christ died for us, and was buried, we have seen in the Tenth Proposition of the Second Article. Of his Descent into Hell, see Bishop Pear. Jon on the Fifth Article, down to He rose again. ** Here it may not be improper to observe one thing. We learn from Bishop Pearson, that there : are different Senses of this Article. One of them ks, that Hell betokens the Graye; and consequent

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