II. Of God and of the Holy Trinity

1. The Lord our God is but aone only, living, and true God; whose bsubsistence is in and of himself, cinfinite in being, and perfection, whose Essence cannot be comprehended by any but himself; da most pure spirit, einvisible, without body, parts, or passions, who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light, which no man can approach unto, who is fimmutable, gimmense, heternal, incomprehensible, iAlmighty, every way infinite, jmost holy, most wise, most free, most absolute, kworking all things according to the counsel of his own immutable, and most righteous will, lfor his own glory, most loving, gracious, merciful, longsuffering, abundant in goodness and truth, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin, mthe rewarder of them that diligently seek him, and withal most just, nand terrible in his judgments, ohating all sin, and who will by no means clear the pguilty.

a1 Cor. 8:4, 6; Deut. 6:4 bJer. 10:10; Isa. 48:12 cEx. 3:14 dJohn 4:24 e1 Tim. 1:17; Deut. 4:15–16 fMal. 3:6 g1 Kings 8:27; Jer. 23:23 hPs. 90:2 iGen. 17:1 jIsa. 6:3 kPs. 115:3; Isa. 46:10 lProv. 16:4; Rom. 11:36 mEx. 34:6–7; Heb. 11:6 nNeh. 9:32–33 oPs. 5:5–6 pEx. 34:7; Nah. 1:2, 3

2. God having all alife, bglory, cgoodness, blessedness, in and of himself: is alone in, and unto himself all­sufficient, not dstanding in need of any Creature which he hath made, nor deriving any glory from them, but only manifesting his own glory in, by, unto, and upon them, he is the alone fountain of all Being, eof whom, through whom, and to whom are all things, and he hath most sovereign fdominion over all creatures, to do by them, for them, or upon them, whatsoever himself pleaseth; in his sight gall things are open and manifest, his knowledge is hinfinite, infallible, and independent upon the Creature, so as nothing is to him contingent, or uncertain; he is most holy in all his Counsels, in iall his Works, and in all his Commands; to him is due jfrom Angels and men, whatsoever worship, service, or obedience as Creatures they owe unto the Creator, and whatever he is further pleased to require of them.

aJohn 5:26 bPs. 148:13 cPs. 119:68 dJob 22:2–3 eRom. 11:34–36 fDan. 4:25, 34–35 gHeb. 4:13 hEzek. 11:5; Acts 15:18 iPs. 145:17 jRev. 5:12–14


3. In this divine and infinite Being there are three subsistences, athe Father, the Word (or Son), and Holy Spirit, of one substance, power, and Eternity, each having the whole Divine Essence, byet the Essence undivided, the Father is of none neither begotten nor proceeding, the Son is cEternally begotten of the Father, the holy Spirit dproceeding from the Father and the Son, all infinite, without beginning, there­ fore 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.

a1 John 5:7; Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14 bEx. 3:14; John 14:11; 1 Cor. 8:6 cJohn 1:14, 18 dJohn 15:26; Gal. 4:6