Westminster Confession of Faith
Of God, and
of the Holy Trinity
I. There is but one only,
living, and true God,
who is infinite in being and perfection,
a most pure spirit,
without body, parts,
working all things according to the counsel of His own immutable and
most righteous will,
for His own glory;
gracious, merciful, long-suffering, abundant in goodness and truth,
forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin;
the rewarder of them that diligently seek Him;
and withal, most just, and terrible in His judgments,
hating all sin,
and who will by no means clear the guilty.
II. God has all life,
in and of Himself; and is alone in and unto Himself all-sufficient, not
standing in need of any creatures which He has made,
nor deriving any glory from them,
but only manifesting His own glory in, by, unto, and upon them. He is
the alone fountain of all being, of whom, through whom, and to whom are
and has most sovereign dominion over them, to do by them, for them, or
upon them whatsoever Himself pleases.
In His sight all things are open and manifest,
His knowledge is infinite, infallible, and independent upon the
so as nothing is to Him contingent, or uncertain.
He is most holy in all His counsels, in all His works, and in all His
To Him is due from angels and men, and every other creature, whatsoever
worship, service, or obedience He is pleased to require of them.
III. In the unity of the Godhead there be three
Persons of one substance, power, and eternity: God the Father, God the
Son, and God the Holy Ghost.
The Father is of none, neither begotten nor proceeding; the Son is
eternally begotten of the Father;
the Holy Ghost eternally proceeding from the Father and the Son.
 Deuteronomy 6:4:
"Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord." I Corinthians 8:4, 6:
"As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in
sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and
that there is none other God by one. But to us there is but one God, the
Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus
Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him."
 I Thessalonians
1:9: "For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had
unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols, to serve the living and
true God." Jeremiah 10:10: "But the Lord is the true God, he is the
living God, and an everlasting King."
 Job 11:7-9:
"Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty
unto perfection? It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper
than hell; what canst thou know? The measure thereof is longer than the
earth, and broader than the sea." Job 26:14: "Lo, these are parts of his
ways; but how little a portion is heard of him? but the thunder of his
power who can understand?"
 John 4:24: "God
is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in
 I Timothy 1:17:
"Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be
honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen."
4:15-16: "Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves; for ye saw no
manner of similitude on the day that the Lord spake unto you in Horeb
out of the midst of the fire: Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a
graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or
female." John 4:24: "God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must
worship him in spirit and in truth." Luke 24:39: "Behold my hands and my
feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not
flesh and bones, as ye see me have."
 Acts 14:11: "And
when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices,
saying in the speech of Lycaonia, The gods are come down to us in the
likeness of men." Acts 14:15: " And saying, Sirs, why do ye these
things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you
that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made
heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein."
 James 1:17:
"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down
from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow
of turning." Malachi 3:6: "For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye
sons of Jacob are not consumed."
 I Kings 8:27:
"But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven
of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have
builded?" Jeremiah 23:23-24: "Am I a God at hand, saith the Lord, and
not a God afar off? Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall
not see him? saith the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the
 Psalm 90:2:
"Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the
earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art
God." I Timothy 1:17: "Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible,
the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen."
 Psalm 145:3:
"Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is
 Genesis 17:1:
"And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to
Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be
thou perfect." Revelation 4:8: "And the four beasts had each of them six
wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not
day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was,
and is, and is to come."
 Romans 16:27:
"To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen."
 Isaiah 6:3:
"And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of
hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory." Revelation 4:8: "And the
four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of
eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy,
Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come."
 Psalm 115:3:
"But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath
 Exodus 3:14:
"And God said unto Moses, I Am That I Am: and he said, Thus shalt thou
say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you."
1:11: "In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated
according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel
of his own will."
 Proverbs 16:4:
"The Lord hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the
day of evil." Romans 11:36: "For of him, and through him, and to him,
are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen."
 I John 4:8:
"He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love." I John 4:16: "And
we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love;
and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him."
 Exodus 34:6-7:
"And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, The Lord
God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and
truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression
and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the
iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's
children, unto the third and to the fourth generation."
 Hebrews 11:6:
"But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to
God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that
diligently seek him."
9:32-33: "Now therefore, our God, the great, the mighty, and the
terrible God, who keepest covenant and mercy, let not all the trouble
seem little before thee, that hath come upon us, on our kings, on our
princes, and on our priests, and on our prophets, and on our fathers,
and on all thy people, since the time of the kings of Assyria unto this
day. Howbeit thou art just in all that is brought upon us; for thou hast
done right, but we have done wickedly."
 Psalm 5:5-6:
"The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of
iniquity. Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the Lord will
abhor the bloody and deceitful man."
 Nahum 1:2-3:
"God is jealous, and the Lord revengeth; the Lord revengeth, and is
furious; the Lord will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he
reserveth wrath for his enemies. The Lord is slow to anger, and great in
power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the Lord hath his way in
the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his
feet." Exodus 34:7: "Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and
transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty;
visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the
children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation."
 John 5:26:
"For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to
have life in himself."
 Acts 7:2: "And
he said, Men, brethren, and fathers, hearken; The God of glory appeared
unto our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in
 Psalm 119:68:
"Thou art good, and doest good; teach me thy statutes."
 I Timothy
6:15: "Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only
Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords." Romans 9:5: "Whose are
the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is
over all, God blessed for ever. Amen."
 Acts 17:24-25:
"God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord
of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is
worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he
giveth to all life, and breath, and all things."
 Job 22:2-3:
"Can a man be profitable unto God, as he that is wise may be profitable
unto himself? Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that thou art
righteous? or is it gain to him that thou makest thy ways perfect?"
 Romans 11:36:
"For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be
glory for ever. Amen."
4:11: "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power:
for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were
created." I Timothy 6:15: "Which in his times he shall shew, who is the
blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords."
Daniel 4:25: "That they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling
shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make thee to eat
grass as oxen, and they shall wet thee with the dew of heaven, and seven
times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the most High ruleth in
the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will." Daniel 4:35:
"And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he
doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the
inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him,
What doest thou?"
 Hebrews 4:13:
"Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but
all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have
11:33-34: "O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of
God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!
For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his
counsellor?" Psalm 147:5: "Great is our Lord, and of great power: his
understanding is infinite."
 Acts 15:18:
"Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world."
Ezekiel 11:5: "And the Spirit of the Lord fell upon me, and said unto
me, Speak; Thus saith the Lord; Thus have ye said, O house of Israel:
for I know the things that come into your mind, every one of them."
 Psalm 145:17:
"The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works."
Romans 7:12: "Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and
just, and good."
5:12-14: "Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to
receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and
glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in heaven, and on the
earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are
in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be
unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and
ever. And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders
fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever."
 I John 5:7: "For
there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and
the Holy Ghost: and these three are one."
Matthew 3:16-17: "And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway
out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw
the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo
a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am
well pleased." Matthew 28:19: "Go ye therefore, and teach all
nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and
of the Holy Ghost." II Corinthians 13:14: "The grace of the Lord Jesus
Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be
with you all. Amen."
 John 1:14, 18:
"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his
glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace
and truth. No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son,
which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him."
 John 15:26:
"But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the
Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, He
shall testify of me." Galatians 4:6: "And Because ye are sons, God hath
sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba,