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Lord’s Day Reflections: WCF 2.3

Today’s article is about the Trinity:

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: the Father is of none, neither begotten, nor proceeding; the Son is eternally begotten of the Father; the Holy Ghost eternally proceeding from the Father and the Son.

Westminster Confession of Faith 2.3

Rather than comment on the doctrine itself, I’m going to makes some comments about how good it is that we have this doctrine. This part of the Westminster Confession is remarkably similar to the Nicene Creed, which is over 1500 years old.

It’s easy to get the impression that immediately after the last of the apostles died, the church elected a pope and then fell into theological dark ages until Martin Luther came along. That’s not what happened. It’s true that a great deal of light was given to the church through the protestant reformation, but the church has had plenty of bright spots between John and Luther. The Nicene Creed is one of them.

Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would lead the church into all truth (John 16:13) and that promise is proving true. There was a lot of turmoil leading up to the formation of the Nicene Creed because of heretics like Arius. But God was using those trials to bring the church to greater understanding of and agreement on the Trinity.

The protestant reformation and the mess of denominations that have come out of it are another good example of this. Christ is building His church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it. The doctrine of the Trinity in the Nicene Creed and the fact that we still have it can help us remember God’s faithfulness and give thanks.

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