Posted by: Standing Solus Christus | November 5, 2006

The Trinity

Today we continue our review of the Belgic Confession by examining Article 8.  We already reviewed this essential doctrine a few months ago in reviewing the Nicene Creed.  The following is a link the last post of that series: 

Rather the cover the same ground than on previous posts, lets just allow the confession to speak for itself:

According to this truth and this Word of God, we believe in one only God, who is the one single essence, in which are three persons, really, truly, and eternally distinct, according to their incommunicable properties; namely, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost. The Father is the cause, origin and beginning of all things visible and invisible; the Son is the word, wisdom, and image of the Father; the Holy Ghost is the eternal power and might, proceeding from the Father and the Son. Nevertheless God is not by this distinction divided into three, since the Holy Scriptures teach us, that the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost, have each his personality, distinguished by their properties; but in such wise that these three persons are but one only God. Hence then, it is evident, that the Father is not the Son, nor the Son the Father, and likewise the Holy Ghost is neither the Father nor the Son. Nevertheless these persons thus distinguished are not divided, nor intermixed: for the Father hath not assumed the flesh, nor hath the Holy Ghost, but the Son only. The Father hath never been without his Son, or without his Holy Ghost. For they are all three co-eternal and co-essential. There is neither first nor last: for they are all three one, in truth, in power, in goodness, and in mercy. 

May you all have a blessed Lord’s Day and worship our Triune God in spirit and truth.



  1. […] The context of this statement made by the apostle does not just suggest that Jesus had a casual knowledge about people or simply knowing their acquaintance.   This knowledge was qualitatively different from the manner in which we as humans can know other humans.  As finite beings we can only know people from their external actions or what they verbally communicate to us, however the Lord is able discern the internal thoughts and intentions of the heart (1 Samuel 16:7).  This ability that is always attributed to God in the Scriptures (Acts 1:24  and Acts 15:8) is here in this text applied also to Jesus.  Thus, affirming Jesus divine nature as the Second Person of the Holy Trinity. […]

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