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Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed


Moreover, I will endeavour, that you may be able after my decease, to have these things always in remembrance.

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HERE is but one living and true God, ever

lafting, without body parts, or passions ; of I maker and preserver of all things both visible

infinite power, wisdom, and goodness, the and invisible. And in Unity of this Godhead there be three perfons of one substance, power, and eternity ; the Father, ibe Son, and the Holy Ghoft.

This Article contains Eight Propositions.
1. There is a living and true God.
2. This living and true God is everlasting.

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3. The living and true God is without Body,

Parts, 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

Natore of the One living and true God before mention'd) there be Three Perfonis, 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 Sub

stance, Power and Eternity. The word God is taken in different Senfes. Some times it betokens a fictitious Deity of the Heathens, at other times the Image of such a suppos'd Deity, at other times an Angel, at other times a Magistrate. For this reason there are Gods many, as the Apostle speaks, 1 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 Epithets 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, immutable, and self-existent Nature, and are for that reason no Gods, that is, no true Gods, but falfe and pretended Deities, or the Images of such fanfied Beings; 2. Front those Angels or Magiftrares, 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 Sense, 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, yet receive it from another. Whereas God
has in himself an essential self-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, neces
sarily, and of himself.

The First Proposition contain’d in this First Ar-
ticle, 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 Propor 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

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

The Fifth Propofition. See Bishop Pearson on the First Article, beginning at Maker- of Heaven and Earıb, 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 Paragraph of his Seventh Proposition before mentioned,

The Seventh Proposition. See Bishop Pearson on the First Article, from I believe in God the Father, down to 1 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 Asertion (sufficient to manifeft, &c.

The Eighth Propoftion is therefore true, because there can be no more Gods than one, according to the Sixth Propofition.

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

very Man,

THE Son, which is the Word of the Father, begotten

from everlasting of the Father, the very and eternal 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 perfect natures, that is to say, the Godhead and Manhood, were joyned together in one person, never to be divided, whereof is one Chrift, very God and very Man, who truly suffer'd, was crucified, dead and


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