Amandus Polanus on the persons of the Trinity

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... The Son, is begotten of the essence of the Father: and hath the whole essence of the Father not by flowing from, neither by cutting out of the Father, neither by propagation, (for the essence of the Son, doth not flow from the essence of the Father, neither is it propagated or cut out of it) but by communicating. And the Son is not in deed the Son of himself, because he is the Son of the Father: yet notwithstanding he is God of himself, that is to say, that essence which is in the Son, is not of another, but of it self, seeing the essence of the Father, and the Son, is one and self same.

The essence of the Father, is of it self, without all beginning: but the essence of the Son, is the essence of the Father. For the Godhead, by which the Son is God, is that same by which the Father is God: therefore the essence of the Son is of it self and without beginning. Therefore Christ is God of himself. For except he be God of himself, he certainly cannot be God at all. For that he be God, God hath it of himself naturally. He cannot be God whose essence is not of it self.

But it is one thing for the essence to be begotten, and another thing to be begotten of the essence. The essence is not begotten of the essence, the essence is without generation. Therefore the Son also as he is God, is not begotten. But the Son is begotten of the essence of the Father. Wherefore Christ as he is God is of himself, as he is the Son, he is of the Father. ...

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