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The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of
Concord is for the Old Testament, Isaiah 6:1-8 for the Holy
Trinity, series B, June 3, 2012.
It is from Augsburg Confession, Article I, page 31.
God reveals himself to us in the Holy Bible as three persons in
one essence, which we call the Holy Trinity.
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Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico
A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORD - 3 YEAR SERIES
HOLY TRINITY, SERIES B
ARTICLE I, GOD
Our churches teach with common consent that the decree of the
Council of Nicaea about the unity of the divine essence and the
three persons is true. It is to be believed without any doubt.
God is one divine essence who is eternal, without a body,
without parts, of infinite power, wisdom, and goodness. He is
the maker and preserver of all things, visible and invisible
[Nehemiah 9:6]. Yet there are three persons, the Father, the
Son, and the Holy Spirit [Matthew 28:19]. These three persons
are of the same essence and power. Our churches use the term
person as the Fathers have used it. We use it to signify, not a
part or quality in another, but that which subsists of itself.
Our churches condemn all heresies [Titus 3:10-11] that arose
against this article, such as the Manichaeans, who assumed that
there are two "principles," one Good and the other Evil. They
also condemn the Valentinians, Arians, Eunomians, Muslims, and
all heresies such as these. Our churches also condemn the
Samosatenes, old and new, who contend that God is but one
person. Through sophistry they impiously argue that the Word and
the Holy Spirit are not distinct persons. They say that Word
signifies a spoken word, and Spirit signifies motion created in
things. (paragraphs 1-6)
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2005 by Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission. All
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