Perkins On The Divine Mission

How can the Father send the Son, considering they are both one? Answer. In the doctrine touching the Trinity, nature and person must be distinguished. Nature is a substance common to many, as the Godhead. A person is that which subsists of itself and has a proper manner of subsisting, as the Father begetting, the Son begotten, the Holy Ghost proceeding. Now the Father and the Son are one indeed for nature or Godhead, but they are not one for person. Nay thus they are really distinct. The Father is not the Son, nor the Son the Father. And thus does the Father send the Son.

William Perkins | The Works of William Perkins, ed. Paul M. Smalley, Joel R. Beeke, and Derek W. H. Thomas, vol. 2 (Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, 2015), 246.


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