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TLOTEÚш, credo, I believe, with the understanding, i. e. as an act of mental assent. TOTεúw eis, or inì, credo in, fidem habeo, I believe and trust, with the understanding and the heart (Rom. x. 10); i.e. I have faith in, rely upon, look up to-with feelings of dependence, submission, obedience, reverence, affection', love. Compare in John iii. 36. ὁ πιστεύων—ὁ ἀπειθῶν. Matt. xxiii. (πίστις) with Luke xi. 42. (àyáπη toũ Đɛoũ); and Luke vii. 47. (ὅτι ἠγάπησε πολύ) with v. 50. (ἡ πίστις σου).

Examples of TIOTOί;-Abraham, Rom. iv. 922. Gal. iii. 6-9. Syrophoenician woman, xv. Matt 21-28. Centurion, Matt. viii. 5-10.-Of ¿λуóжто;—the Disciples in the storm, Matt. viii. 26. St. Peter on the water, Matt. xiv. 31. The Disciples after the miracle of feeding four thousand, Matt. xvi. 8; see also Matt. vi. 30.Of TiOTO ;-St. Thomas, John xx. 27. People of Nazareth, Matt. xiii. 58. The Jews, Matt. xii. 39. xvi. 4. (yeveà poixadís); see also Matt. xvii. 17. 20.

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IV. Divide the Apostles' Creed into two parts, according to this difference of expression; and show how many Articles fall under each part.

"Quid est ergo credere in Deum? Credendo amare, credendo diligere, credendo in eum ire, et ejus membris incorporari." S. Augustin in Johan. Tractat. xxix. § 6. vol. iii. p. 2008. On the distinction stated above, see The Institution of a Christian Man, in Formularies of Faith, p. 29. Life of Lord Cobham, in Ecc. Biog., vol. i. p. 377. Becon's New Catechism, p. 41. Bp. Jewel, Defence of Apol., p. 74. Bp. Bull's Examen Censuræ, vol. iv. p. 157. Bp. Ken's Practice of Divine Love, Prose Works, p. 225, compared with Bp. Pearson on the Creed, p. 25, note, and p. 501, note, Lond. edit. 1832. Barrow, Serm. of Justifying Faith, vol. iv. p. 329. There can be little doubt that the distinction has been all along purposely maintained by the Western Church. See Palmer, Orig. Liturg., vol. ii. p. 57, note.


1. I believe in God, &c. Eight Articles.
2. I believe the Church, &c. Four Articles.

V. What do you chiefly learn in the former part of the Creed, which is to be believed with the understanding and the heart.




VI. Do not the Nicene Creed and the Creed of St. Athanasius, as well as the first Commandment, teach you to believe in these Three as One God; and that they are co-eternal together and co-equal?

VII. By what passages of Holy Scripture is the same doctrine (i. e. the doctrine of the Trinity-Three Persons and One God) most clearly proved?

1. Form of Baptism. Matt. xxviii. 19. 2. Form of Blessing. 2 Cor. xiii. 14. See also Eph. ii. 18. Jude


Gal. iv. 6.

VIII. On what accounts more particularly do you believe in God the Father?

1. Because He is " Almighty," and the "Maker of all things visible and invisible.”

2. Because He made me, as one of his Creatures.
3. Because He sent his well-beloved and only-begotten

Son into the world to save me from the punish-
ment due to my own sins, and to the sins which I
inherited from our first parents.

4. Because, being reconciled to the world in Christ, He adopted me as a Son in my Baptism.

IX. What does the Creed of St. Athanasius teach you to believe respecting God the Son?

1. That He is perfect God and perfect Man-the

doctrine of the Incarnation. John i. 14. Emmanuel. Matt. i. 23. Col. ii. 9. Nicene Creed :"Very God-and was incarnate," &c.

2. That He is equal to the Father as touching his Godhead, and inferior to the Father as touching his Manhood.

X. On what accounts more especially do you believe in God the Son?

1. Because He is JESUS, my Saviour and Redeemer ; was born, and suffered, and rose again, for our salvation. Matt. i. 21. John iii. 14 (the serpent in the wilderness). Col. i. 12-14. Gal. iii. 13.

Rev. v. 9.

2. Because He is CHRIST, our Priest;-Mediator and Intercessor, sitting on the right hand of God. Heb. vii. 25. Rom. viii. 34. 1 Tim. ii. 5. 1 John ii. 1. Mark xvi. 19.

3. Because He is CHRIST, our Prophet ;-the WORD of the Father. Matt. v. 17. John i. 1. 17, 18.

xv. 15.

4. Because He is CHRIST, our King;-" Whose kingdom shall have no end." Luke i. 33.

5. Because He is THE HEAD of the Church, His body, and we are all members, or limbs, of Him. Col. i. 18. 24.

6. Because the Father has committed all judgment unto Him; and He shall come again with glory to judge both the quick and the dead. John v. 22. Acts xvii. 31.

XI. What does the Nicene Creed teach you to believe respecting God the Holy Ghost?

XII. On what accounts more especially do you believe in God the Holy Ghost?

1. Because He is the author of Sanctification ;-
“Lord and Giver of Life." 2 Thess. ii. 13.
1 Pet. i. 2.
Rom. xv. 16.

2. Because He is the Comforter. John xiv. 16. 26.
xv. 26.

3. Because my body is His temple, and He dwelleth
in me.
1 Cor. iii. 16. vi. 19.

4. Because He dictated the inspired word :-"Who spake by the prophets." 2 Pet. i. 21. And the blessed promises of aid and grace with which Holy Scripture abounds, are His gifts.



I. WHAT do you chiefly learn in the second, or latter part of the Creed?

II. In what words does the Catechism allude to this? i. e. where does it teach you to believe the Church?

III. Why is the Church called the "elect people of God?" EKKλnoía. Called out, "chosen out" (elect), “ of the world." See John xv. 19.

IV. What more particularly do you understand when you say you believe the Church?

1. Esse—that it exists, really and truly; having cer-
tain marks, government, properties, privileges, &c.
2. Esse credendam-that it, and it only, speaks all
truth, according to God's word, and is therefore
to be believed.

V. What do you believe respecting its real and true existence?

1. A Body select (èккλŋoía), religious, or belonging
to the Lord, Kupιaкn, Church. See 1 Cor. i. 2.
Corporate and visible. A congregation of believ-
ing men. See Article xix. 66
Thy household the
Church." Coll. for 22nd S. aft. Trin. (Hence
the place of assembling called by same name,
Church, Kupιakỳ, i. e. oixía, God's house.)
2. A Body mystical. Spiritual and invisible. Belong-
ing to Christ, as that of which He is the head,
and we the members. "Christ's Church.'
Prayer for Ch. Mil. "And that we are very
members incorporate in the mystical body of Thy
Son, which is the blessed company of all faithful
people." Prayer in Post Communion. "Wherein
I was made a member of Christ." Catech. See
Col. i. 18. 24. Eph. i. 22, 23. v. 23. 30. 1 Cor.
vi. 15. xi. 3.

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Illustrations.—Human body and its limbs or
members. Eph. i. 15, 16. iv. 13. Col. ii. 19.
1 Cor. xii. 12-27.-A building and its several
parts, or stones. Eph. ii. 20—22. iv. 12. Пéтρoç.
Matt. xvi. 18.- Vine and its branches. John xv.
1. 5.-Husband and wife. Eph. v. 31, 32.-
Bread and its particles. 1 Cor. x. 17.

3. A Body "holy,"-In design; "called to be
Saints," Kλnrol aytol. 1 Cor. i. 2. Tit. ii. 24 14
By indwelling of the Holy Spirit. 1 Cor. iii. 16.

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