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20. So we are forbidden by the Catholic faith, to say, there be three Gods, or three Lords.
21. The Father is made of none, neither created nor begotten.
22. The Son is of the Father alone, not made, nor created, but begotten.
23. The Holy Ghost is of the Father, and of the Son, neither made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding.
24. So there is one Father, not three Fathers , one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Ghost, not three Holy Ghosts :
25. And in this Trinity, there is not first nor last.
26. But the whole three Persons are coeternal together, and coequal.
27. So that in all things, as it is aforesaid, the Unity in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity is to be worshipped.
28. He therefore that will be saved, must thus think of the Trinity.
29. Furthermore, it is necessary to everlasting salvation, that he also believe rightly the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
30. For the right faith is, that we believe and confess, that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God and Man:
31. God of the substance of the Father, begotten before the world : and Man of the Substance of his Mother, born in time:
32. Perfect God and perfect Man. having a rea. sonable Soul and a human Body:
33. Equal to the Father, according to his God
head: and inferior to the Father as to his Man. hood:
34. Who, although He be God and Man, yet He is not two but one Christ:
35. One, not by conversion of the Godhead into flesh, but by taking of the Manhood into God.
36. He is not one by mixture of Substance, but dy unity of Person.
37. For the reasonable soul and flesh is one Man; so God and Man is one Christ :
38. Who suffered for our salvation, descended into hell, rose again the third day from the dead;
39. He ascended into heaven, sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty :
40. From whence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
41. At Whose coming all men shall rise again with their bodies ;
42. And shall give account for their own works.
43. And they that have done good shall go into life everlasting; and they that have done evil, into everlasting fire.
44. This is the Catholic Faith, which excepi a man believe faithfully, he cannot be saved.
THE ADMINISTRATION OF BAPTISM.
THE principal parts of the doctrine of Holy Baptism are these three :
First. That we with our children are conceived and born in sin, and therefore are children of wrath, insomuch that we cannot enter into the Kingdom of God, except we are born again. This, the dipping in or sprinkling with water teaches us, whereby the impurity of our souls is signified, and we are admonished to loathe and humble ourselves before God, and seek for our purification and salvation without ourselves.
Secondly. Holy Baptism witnesseth and sealeth unto us the washing away of our sins, through Jesus Christ. Therefore we are baptized IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, AND OF THE SON, AND OF THE HOLY GHOST. For when we are baptized in the name of the FATHER, God the Father witnesseth and sealeth unto us, that He doth make an eternal covenant of grace with us, and adopts us for His children and heirs, and therefore will provide us with every good thing, and avert all evil or turn it to our profit. And when we are baptized in the name of the Son, the Son sealeth unto us that He doth wash us in His blood from all our sins, incor.
porating us into the fellowship of His death and resurrection, so that we are freed from all our sins and accounted righteous before God. In like man. ner, when we are baptized in the name of the HOLY GHOST, the Holy Ghost assures us, by this Holy Sacrament, that He will dwell in us, and sanctify us to be members of Christ, applying unto us that which we have in Christ, namely, the washing away of our sins and the daily renewing of our lives, till we shall finally be presented without spot or wrinkle among the assembly of the elect in life eternal.
Thirdly. Whereas in all covenants there contained two parts, therefore are we by God, through Baptism, admonished of, and obliged unto new obedience, namely, that we cleave to this One God, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost ; that we trust in Him and love Him with all our heart, with al. our soul, with all our mind, and with all our strength; that we forsake the world, crucify our old nature, and walk in a new and holy life.
And if we sometimes, through weakness, fall into sin, we must not therefore despair of God's mercy, nor continue in sin, since Baptism is a seal and undoubted testimony that we have an eternal covenant of grace with God.
TO INFANTS OF BELIEVERS.
And although our young children do not understand these things, we may not therefore exclude them from Baptism ; for as they are, without their knowledge, partakers of the condemnatior. in Adam, so are they again received unto grace in Christ.
as God speaketh unto Abraham, the father of all the faithful, and therefore unto us and our children, (Gen. 17: 7) saying: “I will establish My covenant between Me and thee, and thy seed after thee, in their generations, for an everlasting covenant; to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee." This also the Apostle Peter testifieth, with these words, (Acts 2:39 :) “For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” Therefore God formerly commanded them to be circumcised, which was a seal of the Covenant, and of the righteousness of faith ; and therefore Christ also embraced them, laid His hands upon them and blessed them. (Mark 10:16.)
Since then Baptism is come in the place of circumcision, infants are to be baptized as heirs of the Kingdom of God and of His Covenant. And parents are in duty bound, further to instruct their children herein, when they shall arrive at years of discretion.
That therefore this Holy Ordinance of God may be administered to His glory, to our comfort, and to the edification of His Church, let us call upon His boly Name.
PRAYER. O Almighty and Eternal God, we beseech Thee that Thou wilt be pleased of Thine infinite mercy, graciously to look upon these children, and incorporate them by Thy Holy Spirit into Thy Son Jesus Christ, that they may be buried with Him into His death and be raised with Him in newness