The Athanasian Creed Vs. Oneness Doctrine
“Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the Catholic Faith. Which Faith except everyone do keep whole and undefiled, without doubt he shall perish everlastingly. And the Catholic Faith is this: That we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity, neither confounding the Persons, nor dividing the Substance. For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Ghost. But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, is all one, the Glory equal, the Majesty co-equal. Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Ghost. The Father incarnate, the Son incarnate, and the Holy Ghost incarnate.”
So likewise the Father is Almighty, the Son Almighty, and the Holy Ghost Almighty. And yet they are not three Almightiest, but one Almighty. So the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Ghost is God. And yet they are not three Gods, but one God. So likewise the Father is Lord, the Son Lord, and the Holy Ghost Lord. And yet not three Lords, but one Lord. For like as we are compelled by the Christian verity to acknowledge every Person by himself to be both God and Lord, so are we forbidden by the Catholic Religion, to say, there be three Gods, or three Lords. The Father is made of none, neither created, nor begotten. The Son is of the Father alone, not made, nor created, but begotten. The Holy Ghost is of the Father and of the Son, neither made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding. So there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Ghost, not three Holy Ghosts. And in this Trinity none is afore, or after other; none is greater, or less than another; but the whole three persons are co-eternal together and co-equal. So that in all things, as is aforesaid, the Unity in Trinity and the Trinity in Unity is to be worshipped.
The One True God
We believe in the one everliving, eternal God: infinite in power, Holy in nature, attributes and purpose; and possessing absolute. Indivisible deity. This one true God has revealed Himself as Father, through His Son, in redemption; and as the Holy Spiritt by emanation. (1 Cor. 8:6; Eph. 4:6; 2 Cor. 5:19; Joel 2:28).
The Scripture does more than attempt to prove the existence of God; it asserts, assumes and declares that the knowledge of God is universal. (Romans 1:19, 21, 28, 32; 2:15). God is invisible, incorporeal, without parts, without body, and therefore free from all limitations. He is Spirit (John 4:24), and “… a spirit hath not flesh and bones …” (Luke 24:39).
The first of all the commandments is, hear, 0 Israel; the Lord our God Is one Lord” (Mark 12:29; Deut. 6:4). “One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all” (Eph. 4:6).
This one true God manifested Himself in the Old Testament in divers ways; in the Son while He walked among men; as the Holy Spirit after the ascension.
The Son of God
The one true God, the Jehovah of the Old Testament, took upon Himself the form of man, and as the Son of man, was born of the virgin Mary. As Paul says, “and without controversy great is the mystery of Godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory” (1 Timothy 3:16).
“He came unto His own, and His own received Him not” (John 1:11). This one true God was manifest in the flesh, that is, to His Son Jesus Christ. ” . God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them . , ,” (2 Cor. 5:19).
We believe that, “… In Him (Jesus) dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead )bodily” (COL 2:9). “For It pleased the Father that in Him should all fulness dwell” (Col. 1:19). Therefore, Jesus in His humanity was man; in His deity was and is God. His flesh was the lamb, or the sacrifice of God. He Is the only mediator between God and man. “For then is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5).
Jesus on His Father’s side was divine, on His mother’s side, human; Thus. He was known as the Son of God and also the Son of man. or the God-man.