Thirty-Nine articles of Religion. Text of the articles (with
a modern rendering) and links to other information on each article.
1-5 : The substance of faith
1 Of Faith in the Holy Trinity
2 Of Christ the Son of God
3 Of his going down into Hell
4 Of his Resurrection
5 Of the Holy Ghost
6-8 (next page)
see Donald Allister's Cross†Way article on Articles 1-5)
I. Of Faith
in the Holy Trinity.
There is but one living and true God, everlasting, without body,
parts or passions; of infinite power, wisdom and goodness; the
Maker, and Preserver of all things both visible and invisible.
And in unity of this Godhead there be three Persons, of one substance,
power, and eternity; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
Faith in the Holy Trinity
There is only one
living and true God, who is eternal and without body, indivisible
and invulnerable. He is of infinite power, wisdom and goodness.
He is the maker and preserver of all things both visible and invisible.
Within the unity of the Godhead there are three persons who are
of one substance, power and eternity - the Father, the Son and
the Holy Spirit.
W H Griffith-Thomas "The Principles of Theology" chapter on Article 1
Of the Word or Son of God, which was made very Man.
The Son, which is the
Word of the Father, begotten from everlasting of the Father, the
very and eternal God, and of one substance with the Father, took
Man's nature in the womb of the blessed Virgin, of her substance:
so that two whole and perfect Natures, that is to say, the Godhead
and Manhood, were joined together in one Person, never to be divided,
whereof is one Christ, very God, and very Man; who truly suffered,
was crucified, dead and buried, to reconcile his Father to us,
and to be a sacrifice, not only for original guilt, but also for
all actual sins of men.
The Word, or Son of God, who became truly man
The Son, who is
the Word of the Father, was begotten from eternity of the Father,
and is the true and eternal God, of one substance with the Father.
He took man's nature in the womb of the blessed virgin Mary, of
her substance, in such a way that two whole and perfect natures,
the Godhead and manhood, were joined together in one person, never
to be divided. Of these two natures is the one Christ, true God
and true man. He truly suffered, was crucified, died, and was
buried, to reconcile the Father to us and to be a sacrifice,
not only for original guilt but also for all actual sins of men.
Of the going down of Christ into Hell.
As Christ died for us, and was buried, so also it is to be believed,
that he went down into Hell.
The descent of Christ into the realm of the dead
Just as Christ died
for us and was buried, so also it is to be believed that he descended
into the realm of the dead.
Of the Resurrection of Christ.
Christ did truly rise again from death, and took again his body,
with flesh, bones, and all things appertaining to the perfection
of Man's nature; wherewith he ascended into Heaven, and there
sitteth, until he return to judge all Men at the last day.
The resurrection of Christ
Christ truly rose
again from death and took again his body, with flesh, bones and
all that belongs to the completeness of man's nature. In this
body he ascended into heaven, where he is now seated until the
last day when he will return to judge all men.
Of the Holy Ghost.
The Holy Ghost, proceeding
from the Father and the Son, is of one substance, majesty, and
glory, with the Father and the Son, very and eternal God.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit
proceeds from the Father and the Son. He is of one substance,
majesty and glory with the Father and the Son, true and eternal