Chapter 2 -Of God and the Holy Trinity – Outline

PARA 1 – The Attributes of God

  1. The Singularity of God:
    • The Lord our God is but one only living and true God.
  2. The Independence of God:
    • Whose subsistence is in and of Himself, infinite in being and perfection;
  3. The Incomprehensibility of God:
    • whose essence cannot be comprehended by any but Himself.
  4. The Spirituality of God:
    • a most pure spirit, invisible, without body, parts, or passions, who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto
  5. The Infinity of God:
    1. Immutable. 
    2. Immense. 
    3. Eternal. 
    4. Incomprehensible. 
    5. Almighty.
    6. Every way infinite. 
    7. Most holy.
    8. Most wise.
    9. Most free.
    10. Most absolute.
  6. The Sovereignty of God:
    • Working all things according to the counsel of His own immutable and most righteous will, for His own glory.
  7. The Love of God:
    1. Most loving.
    2. Gracious.
    3. Merciful.
    4. Long-suffering.
    5. Abundant in goodness and truth.
    6. Forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin.
  8. The Justice of God:
    1. The rewarder of them that diligently seek Him and
    2. Withal most just
    3. Terrible in His judgments
    4. Hating all sin, and
    5. Who will by no means clear the guilty.

PARA 2 –  A. God in relation to His Creatures. B. The Creature’s relationship to God

 A. God in Relation to His Creatures.

  1. God’s Self-Existent Independence from His Creatures:
    • God having all life, glory goodness, blessedness, in and of Himself, is alone in and unto Himself all-sufficient, not standing in need of any creature which He hath made, nor deriving any glory from them, but only manifesting His own glory in, by, unto, and upon them;
  2. God’s Sovereign Dominion Over His Creatures:
    •  He is the alone fountain of all being, of whom, through whom, and to whom are all things, and He hath most sovereign dominion over all creatures, to do by them, for them, or upon them, whatsoever Himself pleaseth;
  3. . God’s Absolute Knowledge of His Creatures:
    •   in His sight all things are open and manifest, His knowledge is infinite, infallible, and independent upon the creature, so as nothing is to Him contingent or uncertain;

. B. The Creature’s Relationship to the Creator

  1. His Creatures Stand Before the Transcendent and Holy God:
    • He is most holy in all His counsels, in all His works, and in all His commands
  2. His Creatures Owe God Reverent Worship, service, and obedience:
    • to Him is due from angels and men, whatsoever worship, service, or obedience, as creatures they owe unto the Creator, and whatever He is further pleased to require of them.

PARA 3 – The Triune God in Relation to Himself

  1. The Doctrine of the Trinity stated.
    1. The Unity of the Three Divine Persons:
      • 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:
    2. The Distinctions of the Three Divine Persons:
      • 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
  2. The Doctrine of the Trinity Described:
    • 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 relations
  3. The Doctrine of the Trinity Applied:
    • which doctrine of the Trinity is the foundation of all our communion with God, and comfortable dependence on Him.

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