John Ball on God the Holy Trinity

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... Q. How many Gods be there?

A. Only one God and three Persons, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Expos. 11. There can be but one Omnipotent, Dan. 4. 35. infinite, eternal, most perfect first cause, and director of all things; all things are referred to one first, Rom. 11. 35. Apocal. 1. 8. and 4. 11.

12. A person generally taken, is one entire substance, not common to many, endued with life and understanding, will, and power. A person in the Godhead, is the Godhead restrained, or distinguished by his personal property. Joh. 14. 16. and 15. 1. The whole divine nature being indivisible, 1. Cor. 8. 6. is common to all three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Act. 4. 24. 2. Cor. 1. 3. Joh. 1. 1. Rom. 9. 5. Heb. 1. 8. Numb. 12. 6. 7. with Act. 1. 16. 1. Pet. 1. 11. Heb. 1. 1. Act. 4. 25. with 2. Pet. 1. 21. and therefore whatsoever doth absolutely agree to the divine nature, or is spoken of the divine nature by relation unto the creatures, that doth agree likewise to every person in Trinity. Joh. 1. 1. Prov. 8. 22. Apoc. 1. 8. Matth. 18. 20. Joh. 3. 13. Job 26. 13. and 33. 4. Joh. 14. 26. Luk. 1. 35. Every person in Trinity, is equal in glory and eternity. Joh. 10. 30. Joh. 17. 5. Phil. 2. 6. Eph. 1. 17. with Joh. 12. 41. and there is a most near communion and union between them, by which each one is in the rest, and with the rest. Joh. 14. 10. 11. Io. 1. 1. and every one doth possess, love, and glorify each other. Prov. 8. 22. 30. v. Joh. 17. 5. working the same things. Joh. 5. 19. But the Godhead considered with the personal property of begetting, is the Father, &c. ...

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