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The 39 Steps…

I. Of Faith in the Holy Trinity.

There is but one living and true God, everlasting, without body, parts, or passions; of infinite power, wisdom, and goodness; the Maker, and Preserver of all things both visible and invisible. And in unity of this Godhead there be three Persons, of one substance, power, and eternity; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.

Says it all really doesn’t it? This is Article One of the 39-Articles of Religion the foundation document (other than scripture) of the Church of England.

In our current climate in the CofE I thought it might be interesting to have a look at these again. So as much for my own thoughts I am going to occasionally take the articles and do a quick 21st century type review of them.

This first one is hard to argue with. It succinctly sums up the essence of our faith not just for Anglicans but for all Christian believers.

Its position here as the first article of faith – is surely not accidental – this is one of the foundation beliefs of Christians.

No matter what we believe there remains this one unchangeable truth. There is but one God in three parts. Ultimately it doesn’t matter that our human minds cannot grasp this one-in-three concept – because God can and if God is all the other things we believe him to be then he can make the maths of the Trinity work….

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2 thoughts on “The 39 Steps…

  1. Greetings KneewaxNo matter what we believe there remains this one unchangeable truth. There is but one God in three parts. Ultimately it doesn’t matter that our human minds cannot grasp this one-in-three concept – because God can and if God is all the other things we believe him to be then he can make the maths of the Trinity work….In view of your statement,I recommend this video:The Human JesusTake a couple of hours to watch it; and prayerfully it will aid you to reconsider “The Trinity”Yours In MessiahAdam Pastor

  2. Thanks for your comment Adam,I find it sad that God the Holy Spirit seems to have been left out of your world view.Jesus himself promised the disciples the Holy Spirit to help them when he had returned to his Father. John 14:16-17.The New and Old Testament are both full of signposts that point to the Trinitarian nature of our One God.It is a shame that your theology means that you are missing out on so much of what God wants for you in and through is Holy Spirit. Just as Abraham entertained three guests, and Jesus who spoke of himself sitting on the right hand of God, and promising the coming of the Spirit at Pentecost. I hope that you too will meet with God the Spirit and realise the fullness of faith that God intended.

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