I. There is but one onlya
living, and true God,b
who is infinite in being and perfection,c
a most pure spirit,d
body, parts,f or
wise,n most holy,o
most free,p most
all things according to the counsel of his own immutable and most righteous
will,r for his own
glory;s most loving,t
gracious, merciful, long-suffering, abundant in goodness and truth, forgiving
iniquity, transgression, and sin;u
the rewarder of them that diligently seek him;w
and withal most just and terrible in his judgments;x hating all sin,y and who will by no means clear the guilty.z
a Deut. 6:4; 1 Cor.
8:4,6. b 1 Thess. 1:9; Jer.
10:10. c Job 11:7-9; Job
26:14. d John 4:24. e 1 Tim. 1:17. f Deut. ,16; John with
Luke 24:39. g Acts ,15. h James 1:17; Mal.
3:6. i 1 Kings 8:27; Jer.
23:23,24. k Ps. 90:2; 1 Tim.
1:17. l Ps. 145:3. m Gen. 17:1; Rev.
4:8. n Rom. . o Isa. 6:3; Rev.
4:8. p Ps. 115:3. q Exod. 3:14. r Eph. 1:11. s Prov. 16:4; Rom. . t 1 John 4:8,16. u Exod. 34:6,7. w Heb. 11:6. x Neh. ,33. y Ps. 5:5,6. z Nah. 1:2,3; Exod.
II. God hath all life,a
blessedness,d in and
of himself; and is alone in and unto himself all-sufficient, not standing in
need of any creatures which he hath made,e
nor deriving any glory from them,f
butonly manifesting his own glory in, by, unto, and upon them: he
is the alone fountain of all being, of whom, through whom, and to whom, are
all things;g and
hath most sovereign dominion over them, to do by them, for them, or upon them,
whatsoever himself pleaseth.h
In his sight all things are open and manifest;i his knowledge is infinite, infallible, and independent upon
the creature,k so as
nothing is to him contingent, or uncertain.l He is most holy in all his counsels, in all his works, and
in all his commands.m
To him is due fromangels and men, and every other creature,
whatsoever worship, service, or obedience, he is pleased to require of them.n
a John 5:26. b Acts 7:2. c Ps. 119:68. d 1 Tim. 6:15; Rom. 9:5. e Acts ,25. f Job 22:2,3. g Rom 11:36. h Rev. 4:11; 1 Tim.
6:15; Dan. 4:25,35. i Heb. 4:13. kRom.
11:33,34; Ps. 147:5. l Acts 15:18; Ezek.
11:5. m Ps. 145:17; Rom. 7:12. n Rev. 5:12-14.
III. In the unity of the
Godhead there be three persons, of one substance, power, and eternity; God the
Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost.o The Father is of none, neither begotten nor proceeding; the
Son is eternally begotten of the Father;p the Holy Ghost eternally proceeding from the Father and the
o 1 John 5:7; Matt.
3:16,17; Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14. p John 1:14,18. q John 15:26; Gal.