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behold a splendid manifestation of the power of the Holy and consubstantial Trinity. The Father testifying from above, the Son baptized beneath, the All Holy Spirit in the form of a dove descending. To Him, with the Almighty Father, and his only begotten Son Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, and dominion, now and always, and for ever and ever, Amen.'
There is a very long and elaborate Treatise, put into the form of a dialogue between an Arian and Athanasius, in the same volume, through the whole of which the appeal is made constantly to the Scriptures, and to nothing else. See for a few specimens, the 8th Book, (p. 575.) containing a contrast between the Arian and the Catholic confession.
For example. (1)' The Arians say, that the Son of God was not in heaven with the Father, during the time that he conversed with men. I believe that God, the Son of God, according to the power of his Deity, was in heaven and on earth during his incarnation, and that he fills all things without ceasing, for he himself said to Nicodemus in the Gospel, ' No one hath ascended into heaven but he who came down from heaven, even the Son of Man who is in iteaven.'
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(1) 'Ariani dicumt, Dei filium non fuisse in coelis apud pptrem, tem, pore quo inter homines versaretur. Ego credo Deum Dei (ilium secun. dum suae potentiam Deitatts in coelo, et in terra tuisse incarnationia ■uae tempore, et totum replere, net unquam defuisse, ipso ad Nicodemuro in Evangelio dicente: Nemo ascenditin coelum, nisi qui descendit tJa coelo, filius hominis qui est in coelo.'
(m) 'The Arians say that the Son of God was not, before he was born, and that he was made from nonexistence. I believe that there is one substance of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost. I confess that the Son, who is the wisdom of the Father, was always in him, and was begotten of him, because there never was a time, in which the Father was without his Word and Wisdom, nor was the Son ever without the Father; as the Evangelist saith, and often repeats, that in the beginning was the Word, he was always, and he was God, and he was with God,' &c.
(n) ' The Arians say that the persons of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost are three diverse and unequal substances. I do not believe that the persons of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost are diverse and unequal substances, but I confess that they are three persons, perfect, equal, and eternal, of one substance,
one power, one virtue, and majesty. For in the Gospel,
John relates not that the Jews, but that the Son himself
made himself equal with the Father. And again, after
he had premised the unity of his and his Father's power,
(m) 'Ariani dicunt, quod filius Dei erat, quando non erat, et antequam nasceretur nun erat, et quod ex nullis extantibus factus est. Ego credo unam substantiam Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti: propterea filium, qui estsapientia Patris, in eo semper fuisse, et ex ipso gcnitum confiteor, quia nunquam fuit tempus, quo Pater sine suo] verbo et sapientia fuisse a fidelibus credatur: nec Filius sine suo aliquando extitit Patre, Evangelista dicente, et saepius repetente: Quod in principio erat verbum, et * semper erat, et Deus erat, et apud Deum erat,' &c.
(n)'Ariani dicunt, tres dtversas substantias, ac dispares personas Patris, et Fihi, et sancti Spiritus. Ego non diversas substantias ac dispares personas Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sanctus credo, sed tres personas perfectas aequales, et eeternas, unius substantiae, unius po.
tentiae, unius virtutis ac majestatis confiteor: In Evangelio
quippe Joannes, non quia Judaei loquerentur, sed quia ipse se Ftlius
aequalem faciebat Deo Patri, &c. Eodem iterum dicente, cum
jam praemisisset unam eandemque suam Patrisque potentiam, post«»