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Potent Prooftext: Persons Present

09 March 2011 by David

Q9: How many persons are there in the Godhead?

Answer: There be three persons in the Godhead, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; and these three are one true, eternal God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory; although distinguished by their personal properties.

Q10: What are the personal properties of the three persons in the Godhead?

Answer: It is proper to the Father to beget the Son, and to the Son to be begotten of the Father, and to the Holy Ghost to proceed from the Father and the Son from all eternity.

When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me —John 15:26

This passage unceremoniously chews up the modalist heresy and spits it out.

See the interaction between the persons of the Trinity. The Spirit, who proceeds from the Father and is with the Father, will be sent, by the Son, from the Father, to the church. He will testify about the Son.

There is no way to explain this passage as a description of a god in one person who simply does different jobs at different times and wears a different nametag for each. All three persons are present simultaneously, coming, going, sending, testifying.

How many persons are there in the Godhead? Count ’em: three.