V—Of the Holy GhostThe Holy Ghost, proceeding from the Father and the Son, is of one substance, majesty, and glory, with the Father and the Son, very and eternal God.
“I’ve seen, and so have you, for ‘tis but late,The desolation of a goodly state,Plotted and acted so that none can tellWho gave the counsel, but the prince of hell,Three hundred thousand slaughtered innocents,By bloody Popish, hellish miscreants:Oh may you live, and so you will I trustTo see them swill in blood until they burst.I’ve seen a king by force thrust from his throne,And an usurper subtly mount thereon.I’ve seen a state unmoulded, rent in twain,But yet may live to see’t made up again.I’ve seen it plundered, taxed, and soaked in blood,But out of evil you may see much good.”
“Before I tell th’ effect, I’ll show the causeWhich are my sins, the breach of sacred laws.Idolatry, supplanter of a nation,With foolish superstitious adoration,Are liked and countenanced by men of might,The Gospel trodden down and hath no right;Church offices were sold and bought for gain,That Pope had hope to find Rome here again.”
“These are the days the Church’s foes to crush,To root out Popelings head, tail, branch, and rush;Let’s bring Baal’s vestments forth to make a fire,Their miters, surplices, and all their tire,Copes, rochets, crosiers, and such empty trash,And let their names consume, but let the flashLight Christendom, and all the world to seeWe hate Rome’s whore with all her trumpery.”Yet, even in the midst of such a polemic, Bradstreet expresses her hope that England will be restored to peace and true religion…with Charles I as a righteous king.“These, these are they I trust, with Charles our King,Out of all mists such glorious days shall bring;That dazzled eyes beholding much shall wonderAt that thy settled peace, thy wealth and splendor.Thy Church and weal established in such manner,That all shall joy, that thou displayed’st thy banner;And disciplined erected so I trust,That nursing kings shall come and lick thy dust.”
III. Of the Going Down of Christ Into HellAs Christ died for us and was buried, so also it is to be believed, that he went down into Hell.
IV. Of the Resurrection of ChristChrist did truly rise again from death, and took again his body, with flesh, bones, and all things appertaining to the perfection of Man’s nature; wherewith he ascended into Heaven, and there sitteth, until he return to judge all Men at the last day.
Likewise it is to be believed that our Lord Jesus Christ, even after the resurrection, had a double nature; one divine, incomprehensible, unlimited and infinite, which is everywhere and fills all things, and one human, finite and defined by the limits and bounds of the human body, in which, after he had purged our sins, he ascended into heaven, and there he sits at the right hand of God in such a way as not be everywhere, since it is necessary for him to remain in heaven until the time of the restoration of all things, when he shall come to judge the living and the dead, in order to reward each one according to his works.
As you know, Meet the Puritans is proud to announce its first published book by our own Dr. Ryan McGraw: Knowing the Trinity: Practical Thoughts for Daily Life. In connection with this book, we present to you the following 2-part interview with Dr. McGraw on practical Trinitarianism:
Part 1 of his interview on Iron Sharpens Iron with Chris Arnzen
Part 2 of his interview on Iron Sharpens Iron with Chris Arnzen
“It is the work of a woman, honored, and esteemed where she lives, for her gracious demeanor, her eminent parts, her pious conversation, her courteous disposition, her exact diligence in her place, and discrete managing of her family occasions, and more than so, these poems are the fruit but of some few hours, curtailed from her sleep and other refreshments.”
Wealth in the mine doth no good at all, till it be severed and appropriated to persons and uses. Water in the fountain is of no service unto me, till it be conveyed thence to mine own cistern. The light of the sun brings no comfort to him, who hath no eyes to enjoy it. So though Christ be a mine, full of excellent and unsearchable riches, - a fountain full of comforts and refreshments,-a sun of righteousness, - a captain and prince of life and salvation; yet till he be made ours, till there be some bond and communion between him and us, we remain poor and miserable, as if this fountain had never been opened, nor this mine discovered.