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A Scripture Catechism
in the
Method of the Assembly's

by Matthew Henry

Q.6. How many persons are there in the Godhead?
A. There are three persons in the Godhead; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; and these three are one God; the same in substance, equal in power and glory.

1. Are there three gods? No: for the Lord is one, and his name one, Zech. 14:9. Is there more than one person in the Godhead? Yes: for God said, Let us make man, Gen. 1.26. Are there distinct persons in the Godhead? Yes: for he who is the brightness of his Father's glory, is the express image of his person, Heb. 1:3. Are there three persons in the Godhead? Yes: for there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost, 1 John 5:7.

2. Is the Father God ? Yes: for there is one God and Father of all, Eph. 4:6. Is Jesus Christ the Word? Yes his name is called the Word of God, Rev. 19:13. Is the Word God? Yes: for in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God, John 1:1. Is the Holy Ghost a divine person? Yes: for the Spirit searcheth all things, 1 Cor. 2:10.

3. Is it the personal property of the Father to beget the Son? Yes: Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee, Ps. 2:7. Is it the personal property of the Son to be begotten of the Father? Yes: for he is the only-begotten of the Father, John 1. 14. Is it the personal property of the Holy Ghost to proceed from the Father and the Son? Yes: for Christ says, I will send you the Comforter, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, John 15:26.

4. Are these three one God? Yes: for it is said expressly, these three are one, 1 John 5:7. Are they the same in substance, and equal in power and glory? Yes: for Christ says, I and my Father are one, John 10:30. Can this doctrine be measured by reason? No: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it to us, Matt. 16:17. But ought we to believe it? Yes: for we are baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, Matt. 28:19. and we are blessed with the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, 2 Cor. 13:14. And ought we to improve it? Yes: that we all may be one, as the Father is in Christ, and he in the Father, that we also may be one in them, John 17:21.

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