1689 London Baptist Confession Chapter 2 Paragraph 3: The Trinity: Part One


Plurality of persons

Divinity of persons


We come now to the glorious doctrine of the Trinity. The 1689 out of the 3 confessions of this era is the fullest in what it says. ‘In this divine and infinite Being there are three subsistences, the Father, the Word or Son, and Holy Spirit, of one substance, power, and eternity, each having the whole divine essence, yet the essence undivided: the Father is of none, neither begotten nor proceeding; the Son is eternally begotten of the Father; the Holy Spirit proceeding from the Father and the Son; all infinite, without beginning, therefore but one God, who is not to be divided in nature and being, but distinguished by several peculiar relative properties and personal relations; which doctrine of the Trinity is the foundation of all our communion with God, and comfortable dependence on him.’ The WCF has 55 words in their paragraph to the 1689s 109. There are no fundamental disagreements the additions are clarifications and expansions of the orthodox view of the Trinity.

Our approach to this doctrine is twofold. Firstly, we want to familiarise ourselves with the Biblical data of that facts that there is one God in three persons. Secondly, we will look at the historical development of the doctrine. So today we want to do the biblical mining and discover in God’s own word about Himself how He has chosen to reveal how God is both one and three.