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- Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the
- 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;
confounding the persons nor dividing the substance.
- For there is one person
of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Spirit.
- But the
Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit is all one, the glory
equal, the majesty coeternal.
- Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and
such is the Holy Spirit.
- The Father uncreated, the Son uncreated, and the
Holy Spirit uncreated.
- The Father incomprehensible, the Son
incomprehensible, and the Holy Spirit incomprehensible.
- The Father eternal,
the Son eternal, and the Holy Spirit eternal.
- And yet they are not three
eternals but one eternal.
- As also there are not three uncreated nor three
incomprehensible, but one uncreated and one incomprehensible.
- So likewise
the Father is almighty, the Son almighty, and the Holy Spirit almighty.
yet they are not three almighties, but one almighty.
- So the Father is God,
the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God;
- And yet they are not three
Gods, but one God.
- So likewise the Father is Lord, the Son Lord, and the
Holy Spirit Lord;
- And yet they are not three Lords but one Lord.
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 Spirit 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 Spirit, not three
- And in this Trinity none is afore or after another; none is
greater or less than another.
- But the whole three persons are coeternal,
- 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
must thus think of the Trinity.
- Furthermore it is necessary to everlasting
salvation that he also believe rightly 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 substance of the Father,
begotten before the worlds; and man of substance of His mother, born in the
- Perfect God and perfect man, of a reasonable soul and human flesh
- 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 taking of that manhood into God.
- One altogether, not by
confusion of substance, 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;
ascended into heaven, He sits on the right hand of the Father, God, Almighty;
- From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
- At whose
coming all men shall rise again with their bodies;
- and shall give account
of 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 faithfully he cannot be saved.