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5. “ As Christ died for us, and was bu" ried, so also it is to be believed, that he " went down into helli:” for according to the prophecy, and the Apostle's interpretation of it, his soul was not left in hell, nor was his Holy One suffered to see corruption k.
6. “ Christ did truly rise again from “ death, and took again his body, with “ flesh, bones, and all things pertaining to “ the perfection of man's nature, where“ with he ascended into heaven, and there “ sitteth, until he return to judge all men “ at the last day!.” He “after his most “ glorious resurrection manifestly appeared “ to all his Apostles, and in their sight s6 ascended up into heaven, to prepare a “ place for us, that where he is, thither we “ might also ascend, and reign with him in “ glorym.” It was thus “that he rose again “ the third day according to ihe Scrip“tures",” and “ shewed himself alive after “ his passion by many infallible proofs, “ being seen of his Apostles forty days,” until the day in which she was taken up, " and a cloud received him out of their “ sighto.” Exalted “above all principality, “ and power, and might, and dominion P," he sitteth “at the right hand of the throne " of God 9." Thither he hath ascended “ to “ prepare a placer” for us, and from thence “ we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus “ Christ, who shall change our vile body, “ that it may be fashioned like unto his “ glorious body$;" and when he shall thus " appear, we also shall appear with him in “ gloryt," and he shall “ be glorified in his " saints, and admired in all them that 6 believe u."
i Art. III. * Psalm xvi. 10. Acts ii. 31. m Communion Office. n 1 Cor. xv. 4.
7. “ The Holy Ghost, proceeding from “ the Father and the Son, is of one sub“ stance, majesty, and glory with the Father " and the Son, very and eternal Godx.” He is “the Lord and Giver of life, ... who “ with the Father and the Son is worship
o Acts i. 3. 9. p Ephes. i. 21. 9 Heb. xii. 2. r John xiv. 2, 3. s Philip. iii. 20, 21. + Coloss. iii. 4. u 2 Thess. i, 8. 10. * Art. V.
« ped and glorified; who spake by the “ Prophets y." - The Holy Ghost is of the “ Father and of the Son, neither made, nor “ created, nor begotten, but proceeding“ uncreate, ... incomprehensible-eternal, “ Almighty—God, and—Lord?.” We acknowledge, that God did “ teach the hearts 66 of his faithful people, by sending to them “ the light of his Holy Spirit,” and we pray, that we “ by the same Spirit may have a “ right judgment in all things, and ever“ more rejoice in his holy comfort a.”
These professions of faith, and the properties which are attributed to the Holy Spirit, may be justified on Scriptural arguments and authorities. He is called Lord and God, both directly b and indirectly c by the Apostle. He is " eternal,” and therefore uncreate ; concerned in the work of creatione, and therefore Almighty; omnipresents, and therefore incomprehensible, in the sense in which the word is used by
y Nicene Creed. z Creed of St. Athanasius. a Collect for Whitsunday. b 1 Cor. xii. 5, 6. c Acts v. 3, 4. d Heb. ix. 14. e Gen. i. 2. f Psalm cxxxix. 7.
our Church. He - searcheth all things, “ even the deep things of God,” to whom he beareth the same relation as the “ spirit os of a man” beareth to a mans. He was sent by Christ”, and “ proceedeth from the “ Father,” and “God hath sent forth the “ Spirit of his Son into our heartsk.” He is distinct from the Father and the Son; for it was “through the Eternal Spirit, that “ Christ offered himself without spot to “ God";” and yet “ such as the Father is, ““ such is the Son, and such is the Holy “ Ghostm,” for the name" in which we are baptized is one, and the mysteryo is one. It was the Divine Spirit which moved the holy men of old to speak “ of the sufferings o of Christ, and of the glory that should o follow," and he came to bring all " things to the remembrance q” of the Apostles, and to “guide them in all truth"." He distributeth as he will the different gifts,
& 1 Cor, x. 11. h John xv. 26. xvi. 7. i John xv. 26. k Gal. iv. 6. 1 Heb. ix. 14. m Creed of St. Athanasius. n Matth. xxviii. 19. o Col. ii. 2. p 1 Pet. i. 11, 12. 2 Pet. i. 21. 9 John xiv. 26. John xvi. 13.
administrations, and operationss of the Church, and likewise “ helpeth our infirm“ ities t;” and it is “ through the power of “ the Holy Ghost, that the God of hope 6 filleth us with all joy and peace in be“ lieving, that we may abound in hopeo.”
Thus are we authorized in professing our belief - in God the Father, who made us “ and all the world; in God the Son, who “ redeemed us and all mankind; and in “ God the Holy Ghost, who sanctifieth us “ and all the elect people of God.”
8. These are our professions of faith concerning God; of ourselves we confess, that “ we have left undone those things which “ we ought to have done; we have done “ those things which we ought not to have “done, and there is no health in us!.” In the same spirit of humiliation " we ac“knowledge and bewail our manifold sins “ and wickedness, which we from time to “ time most grievously have committed by “ thought, word, and deed against the Divine
s 1 Cor. xii. 4–6. Rom. viii. 26. u Ibid. xv. 13. x Church Catechism, y General Confession.