LORD’S DAY 8
Q. 24. How are these articles divided?
A. Into three parts: the first is of God the Father and our creation; 1 the second, of God the Son and our redemption; 2 the third, of God the Holy Ghost and our sanctification.3
- Gen. 1.
- 1 Pet. 1:18, 19.
- 1 Pet. 1:21, 22.
Q. 25. Since there is but one only divine essence,1 why speakest thou of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost?
A. Because God hath so revealed Himself in His Word,2 that these three distinct persons are the one only true and eternal God.
- Deut. 6:4.
- Gen. 1:26; Isa. 61:1; John 14:16, 17; 1 John 5:7; John 1:13; Mat. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14.
LORD’S DAY 8
The Holy Trinity
1. How are the articles of our Christian faith divided?
Into three parts: the first is of God the Father and our creation, the second of God the Son and our redemption, the third of God the Holy Spirit and our sanctification.
2. What does the Bible reveal to us about the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit?
That all three are properly called God. Ephesians 4:6; John 10:30-33; Acts 5:3, 4.
3. Do we then worship three Gods?
No, we worship one God, for there is only one God and there is none beside Him. Deuteronomy 6:4.
4. Why then do we speak of three, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit?
Because God has so revealed Himself in His Word that these three distinct persons are the one only true and eternal God.
5. Where does the Bible reveal that God is triune?
Throughout the entire Bible, but especially in texts such as Matthew 28:19 and II Corinthians 13:14.
6. In what are these three persons one?
They are one in essence or being, all the persons being co-equal and co-eternal. I John 5:7, 8; Matthew 28:19.
7. What is the distinct activity of each person within the Trinity?
The Father generates the Son, the Son is generated by the Father, and the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son. John 1:14, 18; 15:26.
8. What does the Trinity reveal concerning God’s life within Himself?
That He lives a perfect covenant life in Himself, the three persons sharing together in an eternal life of love. John 17:20-24.