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De Persona Patris et Filii

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This chapter deals with the person of the Father and the Son, separately. It is generally acknowledged by all Christians that the person of the Father truly is a person, and that his origin comes from no other person. Therefore when it is stated that He comes from himself, and He is called "self-grown and self-generated" by some orthodox teachers, it must be taken in a negative sense, and not as a positive affirmation. For without a doubt He comes from no-one, but He is in subsistence from himself and through himself from all eternity. Well then, the Son of God is the second person of the Holy Trinity, begotten of the Father from eternity, of the same divinity and essence with the Father, and yet in reality distinguished from the Father and the Holy Spirit through his own characteristic properties.

Keywords: Christians; eternity; Father; God; Holy Spirit; Holy Trinity; Son

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