The Athanasian Creed

I started to read a book last night called “No Time for Itching Ears” by Paul F Taylor. The first chapter of the book is about the Trinity and it’s foundation in Genesis. Anyway as part of the argument for the Trinity Paul Taylor makes reference to the Athanasian Creed which was written in the 4th century AD. For me this creed is one of the best explanations of the Trinity that I have come across and I wanted to share it here.

Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the Catholic Faith. Which Faith except every one do keep whole and undefiled; without doubt he shall perish everlastingly. And the Catholic Faith is this: That we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity; Neither confounding the Persons; nor dividing the Essence. For there is one Person of the Father; another of the Son; and another of the Holy Ghost. But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, is all one; the Glory equal, the Majesty coeternal. Such as the Father is; such is the Son; and such is the Holy Ghost. The Father uncreated; the Son uncreated; and the Holy Ghost uncreated. The Father unlimited; the Son unlimited; and the Holy Ghost unlimited. The Father eternal; the Son eternal; and the Holy Ghost eternal. And yet they are not three eternals; but one eternal. As also there are not three uncreated; nor three infinites, but one uncreated; and one infinite. So likewise the Father is Almighty; the Son Almighty; and the Holy Ghost Almighty. And yet they are not three Almighties; but one Almighty. So the Father is God; the Son is God; and the Holy Ghost is God. And yet they are not three Gods; but one God. So likewise the Father is Lord; the Son Lord; and the Holy Ghost Lord. And yet not three Lords; but one Lord. For like as we are compelled by the Christian verity; to acknowledge every Person by himself to be God and Lord; So are we forbidden by the Catholic Religion; to say, There are three Gods, or three Lords. The Father is made of none; neither created, nor begotten. The Son is of the Father alone; not made, nor created; but begotten. The Holy Ghost is of the Father and of the Son; neither made, nor created, nor begotten; but proceeding. So there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Ghost, not three Holy Ghosts. And in this Trinity none is before, or after another; none is greater, or less than another. But the whole three Persons are coeternal, and coequal. So that in all things, as aforesaid; the Unity in Trinity, and the Trinity in Unity, is to be worshipped. He therefore that will be saved, let him thus think of the Trinity. Furthermore it is necessary to everlasting salvation; that he also believe faithfully the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ. For the right Faith is, that we believe and confess; that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God and Man; God, of the Essence of the Father; begotten before the worlds; and Man, of the Essence of his Mother, born in the world. Perfect God; and perfect Man, of a reasonable soul and human flesh subsisting. Equal to the Father, as touching his Godhead; and inferior to the Father as touching his Manhood. Who although he is God and Man; yet he is not two, but one Christ. One; not by conversion of the Godhead into flesh; but by assumption of the Manhood into God. One altogether; not by confusion of Essence; but by unity of Person. For as the reasonable soul and flesh is one man; so God and Man is one Christ; Who suffered for our salvation; descended into hell; rose again the third day from the dead. He ascended into heaven, he sitteth on the right hand of the God the Father Almighty, from whence he will come to judge the quick and the dead. At whose coming all men will rise again with their bodies; And shall give account for their own works. And they that have done good shall go into life everlasting; and they that have done evil, into everlasting fire. This is the Catholic Faith; which except a man believe truly and firmly, he cannot be saved

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The Great Comission

Sunday 16th January
“I saw the Power and Light of Heaven come down onto the Children of God, but it did not stop there it flowed through them and out into the people round about them.
If you want to know more of the Love of God in your life, touch those round about you with the love that God has given to you
If you want to know more of the power of God in your life, touch those round about you with the Power if God that is in your life
If you want to know more of the provision of God, touch those round about you with what God has provided to you
If you want to know more of the Grace and Mercy of God in your life touch those about you with mercy and Grace.
We are not vessels to hold and keep the Love, Power, Provision, etc .. of God, but we are conduits through which these things are to be given those in need and to those who seek God”
This is a “Word” that I spoke on Sunday morning in Church, we are currently dealing with the subject of Personal Witness in our Sunday Services and in our weekly House (Life) Groups. We have been given a commission (Matt 28) to go into all the world and preach the Gospel. Our world may not be overseas but it maybe and should be our doorstep, our Street, our workplace. The challenge is to go in the Power of God, Trust in Him, move out of the place of comfort and to meet people, know them, get close to them, show them the Love of God through our actions, pray for them, answer their questions, and find opportunities to speak the words of Christ into their lives.
Another word given on Sunday morning was (not exact words) Get up and do it, what are you waiting for, Get out there and do it!