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The first Person of the adorable Trinity is God the Father, having priority in respect of personal properties, but not of essential Attributes.
$ 2. To the Father is most frequently applied the abstract title, God, in a peculiar and pre-eminent manner, both in the Scriptures, and by the primitive writers of the Christian Church, as being the head and origin of all things, even of Divinity, and differing in this respect from the other two Persons of the Godhead, that, though they be no less perfectly and entirely God,--the Son is begotten, and the Holy Ghost proceeding.
$ 3. God, the Father Almighty, is declared to be, more especially, with reference to his peculiar office, the Maker of Heaven and Earth, and of all things visible and invisible,--the Preserver and Disposer,the Lord and Governour of all the created Universe.
Ephes. i. 17. That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him. John vii. 28, 29. Then cried Jesus in the temple as he taught, saying, Ye both know me, and ye know whence I am : and I am not come of myself, but he that sent me is true, whom ye know not. But I know him : for I am from him, and he hath sent me. John xiv. 16. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever.
1 Cor. viii. 6. But to us there is but one God, the Father, B of whom are all things, and we in him. Ephes. iv. 6. One
God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. Mal. ii. 10. Have we not all one Father? hath not one God created us? James jii. 9. Therewith bless we God, even the Father'. John v. 26. For as the Father hath life in limself ; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself. Gal. iv. 6. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Matt. xi. 27. All things are delivered unto me of my Father : and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father ; neither knoweth any man the Father', save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him. 1 Cor. ii. 11. Even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Acts xiii. 33. God hath fulfilled the sąme unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus
again ; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee. John xv. 26. But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me.
Neh. ix. 6. Thou, even thou, art Lord alone: thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee. Isaiah xliii. 15. I am the Lord, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King. Psalm cxxxv. 5, 6. For I know that the Lord is great, and that our Lord is above all Gods. Whatsoever the Lord pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and in all deep places. Psalm civ. 27–30. These wait all upon thee, that thou mayest give them their meat in due
Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created; and thou renewest the face of the earth. Psalm ciïi, 19. The Lord bath prepared his throne in the heavens ; and his kingdom ruleth over all,
(It is to be noted that the Prayers and Thanks.
givings of the Church, with very few exceptions, are addressed, either expressly or by implication, to GOD THE FATHER, through our Lord Jesus Christ; but the following are some instances in which the personality is specified.)
MORNING PRAYER. Exhortation. .... And My that we should not dissemble nor cloke them be
fore the face of Almighty God our heavenly Fa
Confession. Almighty and most merciful Father,....
Absolution, Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, ....
Lord's Prayer. Our Father which art in Hea
Apostles' Creed. I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth
THIRD COLLECT, for Grace. O Lord our heavenly Father, Almighty and everlasting God,....
PRAYER for the King's Majesty. O Lord our
Lord of lords, the only Ruler of princes who dost from thy throne behold all the dwellers upon Earth;....
CREED OF ST. ATHANASIUS.
LITANY. O God the Father of heaven, have mercy upon us miserable sinners.
PRAYER for all Conditions of Men. O God the Creator and Preserver of all Mankind.
THANKSGIVING for restoring publick Peace at Home. O Eternal God and heavenly Father....
COLLECT for Christmas Day.
NICENE CREED. I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
COMMUNION. Exhortation. Wherefore it is our duty to render most humble and hearty thanks, to Almighty God our heavenly Father, for that he hath given his Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, nol H only to die for us, but also to be our spiritual food and sustenance on that Holy Sacrament.
Confession. Almighty God, Father of our Lord Jesus Cbrist, Maker of all things, Judge of all men ; .
It is very meet, right, and our bounden duty, that we should at all times and in all places, give li thanks unto thee, O Lord, Holy Father, Almighty, everlasting God.
PUBLICK BAPTISM OF INFANTS. I beseech you to call upon God the Father, through our Lord Jesus Christ, that of his bounteous mercy