The Primitive Doctrine of Christ's Divinity; Or, a Specimen of a Full View of the Ante-Nicene [Sic] Doctrine, in an Essay on Irenaeus. Wherein All the
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1727 edition. Excerpt: ...it follows according to Iren us, that the Father and Son have not, cannot have such a distinct Being and separate Existence, as two individual Men. Besides, if he reckoned it a great Absurdity in the Valenttnian Scheme, that their AEons, held by them to be generated of God, should be supposed to have such a distinct and separate Existence, much more would he have thought it Blasphemy to assert this concerning the Son, who has the fame Essence with the Father, and is so ineffably one with him, that he may be faid to be the Father him/elf. And this seems to lead us to the true Method, the Ancients took to explain the Unity" of God, in consistence with the Distinction of Persons, and the true Godhead of the Son and Holy Ghost. As the Sun and its Rays make not two Suns, because the Rays necessarily stream from the Sun, and don't make a distinct luminous Body i so the Father and Son are not two Gods, because the Son had not a separate Existence of himself, but proceeded from the Father by eternal Generation, and naturally and necessarily subsists in, and with him in the strictest Union.. In this Sense only they refer the Unity to the Father: Had the Son and Holy similitudinem;, secundum hanc rationem unusquis que eorum separatim divisus ab altero intelligetur, quemadmodum homines, non admixtus, nee unitus alter altero.---M 2 Spirit () Spirit been two eternal Minds, not proceeding from the Father, they could not according to their Principles have falv'd the Unity. But because there is but one Fountain of the Deity, and the Son and Spirit in their distinct Personality did not exist of themselves, but were of the Father's Substance by Generation and Procession, they cannot exist separately to make so many Gods, but naturally remain..
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