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  • This is one of the greatest Doctrine of Christian Faith. The teaching that God is one in being and essence yet three in persons, that there is one God and that he subsists in three persons. As Martin Luther summarized it, “We believe the divine majesty to be three distinct persons of one true essence.” It is, in fact, the leading mystery of the Christian faith, and difficult as it is to comprehend, it is a doctrine on which professing Christians of virtually all denominational labels agree – and have agreed since the very beginning.
  1. There is one and only one true and living God.
  2. This one God eternally exists in three persons—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
  3. These three persons are completely equal in attributes, each with the same divine nature.
  4. While each person is fully and completely God, the persons are not identical. The differences among Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are found in the way they relate to one another and the role each plays in accomplishing their unified purpose.