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aid, as may enable us to continue firm in the right Faith:
“ Almighty and everlasting God! who hast given “ unto us thy Servants grace, by the confession of a “true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the Eternal
Trinity, and in the power of the Divine Majesty to
worship the Unity; we beseech Thee, that Thou “ wouldest keep us stedfast in this faith ; and ever“ more defend us from all adversities; who livest and
reignest One God, world without end. Amen.'
PROOFS OF CORRECTNESS
From which it will appear,
THAT THE TERMS APPLICABLE TO THE PRINCIPAL SUBJECT OF THE PRECEDING SECTIONS, ARE USED BY THE
MOST EMINENT CHRISTIAN WRITERS.
No. V. “When Simonides.”] Cicero de Naturâ Deorum, L. I. xxii. p. 54. Davis's 2d edit.
No. VI. “ unable to say."] Oude yap duvaToV EITTELY αυτο, ο, τι ποτε εστι την ουσιαν ο Θεος. « For neither is “ it possible to declare this, What God is in Essential “ Substance.” Chrysostom's Homily the First on 1st chap. of St. John, p. 12. A. Ed. Fol. 1603.
Every Person (of the Trinity) hath his own Sub“sistence, which no other hath besides, although there “ be others besides, that are of the same Substance.” Hooker's Eccles. Polity, b. 5. § 51.
No. VII. “ As many Orders of Intelligent Beings.”] " We have before us in this lower World several Ranks “ of Beings; some that have bare Being, as Earth, Air, “ Water; some that have Life too, as Plants and Trees, “ and other Vegetables ; some that beside Life have Objects, as to their outward Appearances and Acci“ dents, as the Brute Animals ; lastly, some that have “ beyond all this, a Faculty of investigating and search
ing out the inward Nature and Properties of things “ material and sensible, and also of discoursing of imma“ terial, spiritual, and divine things; which is that to “ which in our common speech the name of Reason “or Understanding is deservedly appropriated, and is “ to be found in Men, who are the highest Order of
Beings here below.” “ Now it cannot be imagined by any one of deep
Thought, that the Reason of Mankind being such, “ — should be the most perfect Reason of created
Beings; or that among them all, there should be “none of a purer and higher Capacity, to know and glorify the great Creator of all things."
“ It remains therefore, that besides and above Man“ kind there is a Rank of Intelligent Beings, separated “ and abstracted from this heavy Matter with which we
are clogged, of nearer Affinity to the Supreme and “ Universal Mind, and of a purer and sublimer under“ standing Faculty, than that wherewith we Mortals “ are endowed. And these are the Beings which we “ call Angels.” Bishop Bull's Sermon on Heb. i. 14. pp. 441-443. Vol. II. Ed. 1714. Ibid. “ That in the Order”]
« Now since we are clearly got above the Earth, into the Order of Celestials, who are the Princes that are first, or at the head
of all ? are they any other than the Three Persons in “ the Godhead ?” Bishop Horsley's Sermon on Dan. iv. 17. in Vol. II. Ed. 1810. p. 422.
• • The Holy Ones' are not said to hew down the tree, but to give command for the hewing of it down. “Of how high Order, indeed, must the · Watchers and
Holy Ones' have been, on whose decrees the judg
“ ments of God himself are founded, and by whom the “ warrant for the execution is finally issued !” Ibid.
No. VIII. “ Three Characters”] “ Now the sum “ of all that the Scriptures plainly and expressly teach “ concerning a Trinity, is this: That there is but “ One only God, the Author and Maker of all Things; “ but that One God ought to be acknowledged and " adored by us, under those Three different Titles or “ Characters of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.” Bishop Gastrell's “Considerations on the Trinity.” Enchiridion Theologicum, Vol. III. p. 115. Ed. 1792. This Work, with which every Divine should be well acquainted, was published by the late Bishop of London (Dr. John Randolph), when Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford.
“ Trium distinctarum in unâ divinitate personarum “ hæc sunt nomina. — Pater, Filius, et Spiritus Sanctus, “ tres distinctæ personæ, æternitate æquævæ, potentiâ “ æquales, dignitate pares, Deitate Unum sunt.” “ These are the names of three distinct Persons in One “Godhead. — The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, three “ distinct Persons, in eternity coeval, in power equal, “ in dignity equal, are in Deity One.” P. 50. of Nowell's " Catechismus," &c. Ed. sec. published by the learned and excellent Bishop Cleaver, at Oxford, in 1795.
Nowell was Prolocutor of the Lower House of Convocation in the time of Q. Elisabeth.
Ibid. “ from Him have been communicated”] “ Which Essence or Subsistence He hath received from “ no other Person, but hath communicated the same
Essence, in which Himself subsisteth, by generation to “ another Person, who by that generation is the Son." Bishop Pearson's “ Exposition of the Creed,” Fol. Ed.