Second London Confession: Chapter 2, Of God and of the Holy Trinity

Chapter two of the confession assaults the reader, listing adjective after adjective and attribute after attribute of the indescribable God who is self-described in Scripture. Every attribute could inspire a stack of books, and it overwhelms me when I read through it. Section one alone lists more than 30 attributes of our great God. Please read this chapter in the confession. Then read it again, and after that read it at least one more time. Pause over the words like “immense” and “immutable” and all the others. Look them up if you must.

This chapter describes our God, distilling the testimony of his own word into a more digestible whole. We will never reach the end of the God of this testimony. Get to know him as he has revealed himself.

Here is an attempt at a brief outline:

1. God is One, Only, Living and True (sec. 1-2)

1.1. a list of attributes (sec. 1)

1.2. specific attributes listed (sec. 2)

1.2.1. self-sufficient

1.2.2. sovereign

1.2.3. omniscient

1.2.4. holy

1.2.5. worthy

2. God is Three (sec. 3)

2.1. Father, Son, Spirit

2.1.1. Father is unbegotten

2.1.2. Son begotten of the Father

2.1.3. Spirit proceeds from Father and Son

2.1.4. undivided essence

2.1.5. distinct in peculiar, relative properties and personal relations

2.1.6. doctrine of Trinity founds all communion with God


About Danny Slavich

I am a Christian husband, father, pastor, and poet. I lead Pembroke Road Baptist Church a multi-cultural, multi-generational church in urban South Florida.
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