Q. 24. How are these articles divided?
Into three parts; the first is of God the Father, and our creation; the second of God the Son, and our redemption the third of God the Holy Ghost, and our sanctification.
 Genesis 1;  1 Peter 1:18–19;  1 Peter 1:21–22.
Q. 25. Since there is but one only divine essence; why speakest thou of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost?
Because God hath so revealed Himself in His Word, that these three distinct persons are the one only true and eternal God.
 Deuteronomy 6:4;  Genesis 1:26; Isaiah 61:1; John 14:16–17; 1 John 5:7; John 1:13; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14
The Apostles’ Creed, as we noted was a very early creed. Its earliest form was possibly written by the immediate disciples of the Apostles themselves (though the form which we have today came into use only about A.D. 750). During those early days of New Testament Christianity, many of the biblical-theological constructions that we are familiar with today had not yet entered the confessional language of the Church. One such construction is the doctrine of the Triunity of God, which, though definitely biblical, was not apprehended to the degree we understand it today until about the 4th century. Most of the propositions, which made up the doctrine, were however already understood by many. For example, it was generally understood that there are three divine Persons involved in our creation, salvation and growth in grace. Thus, the Creed (as presented in Lord’s Day 7), has three parts corresponding to the person and work of the three Persons in the Godhead, namely, God the Father, our Maker (Art. I); God the Son, our Redeemer (Art. II–VII) and God the Holy Spirit, our Sanctifier (Art. VIII–XII). This division is naturally not a clean-cut division, seeing that the work of the Persons of the Godhead are not exclusively the work of any one of them. For example, though we speak of Christ our redeemer, God the Father is involved in our redemption in our election, and God the Holy Spirit regenerates us. In fact, if we think about it carefully, we must finally acknowledge that no work of God can be accomplished without the involvement of all three Persons of the Godhead. This is not surprising, seeing that although there are three persons (or subsistence) in the Godhead, there is only one essence (or substance, or being, or existence). This doctrine of the Triunity of God is beautifully expressed in our Shorter Catechism: “There are three persons in the Godhead,—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; and these three are one God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory” (WSC 6).
2. The Father is God (Isa 63:16; Ps 90:2).
3. The Son is God (Jn 8:58; Jn 18:6; Rom 9:5; 1 Tim 3:16; Col 2:9; 1 Jn 5:20; Acts 20:28).
4. The Holy Spirit is a Person (Jn 14:16–17).
5. The Holy Spirit is God (Heb 9:14; Ps 139:7–8; 1 Cor 2:10–11; 1 Cor 12:11).
6. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are distinct (Gen 1:26; Mt 3:16–17).
7. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are one (Mt 28:19; 1 Jn 5:7; 2 Cor 13:14).
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