Durham on the Trinity (and so the Eternal Generation of the Son)

Following on from Saturday’s post here is James Durham stating the same truth via the same distinctions:

These three blessed Persons, who are One most glorious Being, have yet an inconceivable order in their subsisting and working; which, being to be admired rather than to be searched, we shall but say, 1. They have all the same One Essence and Being as is said. 2. They all have it eternally, equally and perfectly: none is more or less God, but each hath all the same Godhead at perfection: and therefore must have it equally and eternally: for, the Godhead is the same, and the Son is the first and the last, as the Father is; and the Father and the Son were never without the Spirit, who is the Spirit of God, and each of Them is God… Yet, 3. The Father subsists of Himself, and doth beget the Son by an inconceivable generation: the Son doth not beget, but is begotten, and hath His subsisting, as the second Person, from the Father.  So much the titles of Father and Son … the Spirit proceeds both from the Father … and from the Son … the Spirit doth neither beget, nor is begotten, but doth thus, in an inexpressible manner, proceed from Them both.

This is from Durham’s extended excursus on the Trinity in his commentary on Revelation.  This is my last post until the new year – see you in 2009, DV.

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3 Responses to “Durham on the Trinity (and so the Eternal Generation of the Son)”

  1. thomasgoodwin Says:

    Thanks; this is from the reprint, right? Or, do you know whereabouts in the original work?

    Mark

  2. Donald John MacLean Says:

    Hi Mark

    It will be near the beginning of any edition of Durham’s commentary on Rev. The quote is from the 5th assertion of his essay “Concerning the Holy Trinity and Object of Worship.” It is on p5 of the 1680 edition of the Rev commentary – I’m not sure if that one is on EEBO? From memory I wouldn’t say this essay was his finest piece of work -but it was still good 😉

    I saw on you blog you are putting together a book on debates among the reformed orthodox. Sounds very interesting!

    DJ

  3. thomasgoodwin Says:

    Thanks; I have a chapter on the Trinity, so I like all the references I can get my hands on. Yes, the book will be interesting because there are so many interesting debates among the Reformed!

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