THE ARTICLES OF RELIGION
101 THE HOLY TRINITY
There is but one living and true God, the maker and preserver of all things. And in the unity
of this Godhead there are three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three
are one in eternity, deity, and purpose; everlasting, of infinite power, wisdom, and goodness.
103 HIS INCARNATION
God was Himself in Jesus Christ to reconcile people to God. Conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary, He joined together the deity of God and the humanity of
humankind. Jesus of Nazareth was God in human flesh, truly God and truly human. He came
to save us.
For us the Son of God suffered, was crucified, dead and buried. He poured out His life as a
blameless sacrifice for our sin and transgressions. We gratefully acknowledge that He is our
Saviour, the one perfect mediator between God and us.
104 HIS RESURRECTION AND EXALTATION
Jesus Christ is risen victorious from the dead. His resurrected body became more glorious,
not hindered by ordinary human limitations. Thus He ascended into heaven. There He sits as
our exalted Lord at the right hand of God the Father, where He intercedes for us until all His
enemies shall be brought into complete subjection. He will return to judge all people. Every
knee will bow and every tongue confess Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
105 HIS PERSON
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. Proceeding from the Father and the Son, He
is one with them, the eternal Godhead; equal in deity, majesty, and power. He is God
effective in creation, in life, and in the church. The incarnation and ministry of Jesus Christ
were accomplished by the Holy Spirit. He continues to reveal, interpret, and glorify the Son.
106 HIS WORK IN SALVATION
The Holy Spirit is the administrator of the salvation planned by the Father and provided by
the Son’s death, resurrection, and ascension. He is the effective agent in our conviction,
regeneration, sanctification, and glorification. He is our Lord’s ever-present self, indwelling,
assuring, and enabling the believer.
107 HIS RELATION TO THE CHURCH
The Holy Spirit is poured out upon the church by the Father and the Son. He is the church’s
life and witnessing power. He bestows the love of God and makes real the lordship of Jesus
Christ in the believer so that both His gifts of words and service may achieve the common
good, and build and increase the church. In relation to the world He is the Spirit of truth, and
His instrument is the Word of God