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Rev. James H. Fairchild, D.D., O. ; Rev. Edward P. Goodwin, D.D., III. ;
Rev. Israel W. Andrews, D.D., O.; Rev. Alden B. Robbins, D.D., Ia. ;
Rev. Zachary Eddy, D.D.,

Mich. ;

Rev, Constans L. Goodell, D.D., Mo.; Rer. James T. Hyde, D.D.,

Rev. Richard Cordley, D.D., Kan.;
Rev. George Mooar, D.D., Cal.

Ill. ;

This Commission assembled, 27-28 September, 1881, at Syracuse, N. Y.; nineteen of the twenty-five being present. Prof. Samuel Harris, D.D., sent in his resignation, and Rev. Jo. seph G. Johnson, D.D., of Rutland, Vermont, was chosen in his stead. After extended and prayerful deliberation on the general subject committed to them, the Commission appointed a committee of nine to prepare a creed-formula for consideration by the body. This was done, and submitted in print to each member of the Commission some weeks previous to its second session. This was held in New York City 1-2 November, 1882, at which time the form presented received most careful revision. It was then put into type again, and again sent out for critical examination. At the third and last session of the Commission, in New York City, 19-20 December, 1883, at which more than twenty were present, either in person or by written vote and suggestion, a final revision was unanimously adopted and ordered to be printed and forwarded to each member to receive-should he be prepared to sign it—his signature. It was thus signed by two-and-twenty members ; Rev. E. P. Goodwin, D.D., who had attended but the first session, and Drs. Alden and Karr, who were absent from the last, withholding their names.

As thus published “to the churches and to the world through the public press,” the result of their labors is as follows, viz. :

STATEMENT OF DOCTRINE. I. We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible;

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who is of one substance with the Father; by whom all things were made;

And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of life, who is sent from the Father and Son,* and who together with the Father and Son is worshipped and glorified.

II. We believe that the Providence of God, by which He executes His eternal purposes in the government of the world, is in and over all events; yet so that the freedom and responsibility of man are not impaired, and sin is the act of the creature alone.

III. We believe that man was made in the image of God, that he might know, love, and obey God, and enjoy Him forever; that our first parents by disobedience fell under the righteous condemnation of God; and that all men are so alienated from God that there is no salvation

* [In this abridgment of the Nicene Creed, the framers skillfully avoid the Filioque controversy by substituting sent for proceeds. The Greek Church teaches the single (eternal) procession of the Spirit “from the Father," the Latin Church, the double procession from the Father and the Son ;" but both agree in the double (temporal) mission of the Spirit from the Father and the Son. See Vol. II. pp. 57–61.-Ed.]

INDEX TO VOL. III.

berg, 307; Luther's, 74 ; Westminster
A.

Larger, 674; Westminster Shorter, 676 ;
Absolution, 206, 825.

Union, 831.
Adiaphora, 228, 302.

Celibacy of priests, 30, 202, 304, 507.
Adoption, 628.

Ceremonies, ecclesiastical, 16, 160, 295,
Altar, sacrament of the, 90. See Lord's 302, 812.
Supper.

Christ, 9, 215, 314, 751; alone the giver of
Anabaptists condemned, 13, 17, 18, 173, 291, eternal salvation, 254, 499, 778,819; burial
306, 382, 433.

of, 446 ; death of, 446, 561, 586 ; incarna-
Angels, 246.

tion of, 402, 443, 488, 751 ; intercession of,
Antitrinitarians condemned, 179.

413, 779; passion of, 446; person of, 147,
Apostles' Creed, exposition of, 77, 314, 518, 182, 187; his return to judgment, 17; res-
841.

urrection of, 807, 814; second coming, 756,
Articles of Religion of the Church of England, 783; the High-Priest, our satisfaction, 406,

486 ; Arminian Articles, 545; Irish Arti 507, 811, 825; the Mediator, 619, 752; true
cles, 527; Lambeth Articles, 523; Meth. and eternal God, 393; two natures of,
odist Articles, 807; Reformed Episcopal 404 ; very God and very man, 254, 444,
Articles, 814.

531, 766, 807, 814, 821 ; without sin, 496,
Articles of the Evangelical Alliance, 821.

820.
Ascension, 448.

Church, 11, 218, 271, 458, 499, 538, 657,
Assurance of grace and salvation, 637.

721, 746, 755, 810; authority of, 220, 500,
Auburn Declaration, 777.

539, 821 ; censures of, 667; government
Augsburg Confession, 3.

of and officers in, 421 ; nature of, 12,

442, 724; order and discipline of the,
B.

423, 724, 733; the Catholic Christian,
Baptism, 13, 85, 183, 188, 224, 289, 329, 425,

the one Head of, 271 ; true, duty
504, 542, 661, 741, 747, 755, 770, 797, 811, of joining the, 418; true, marks of the,
823.

419.
Baptists, Calvinistic, 738, 742, 749.

Civil government, 747.
Baptists, Free-will, 749.

Communion of Saints, 659.
Belgic Confession, 383.

Community of goods, 303, 513, 813, 826.
Bishop of Rome, 539.

Conclusions of Berne, the Ten, 208.
Burial of the faithful, 301.

Concord, Formula of, 93.

Confession, 13, 40, 825; the Augsburg, 3;
C.

Baptist, 738, 742, 749; Belgic, 383; Con-
Call, the Gospel, 753.

gregational, 707 ; Cumberland Presbyte-
Calling, effectual, 624, 773.

rian, 771; Helvetic (First), 211; Helvetic
Canonical books, 385, 490, 526, 601, 759, 815. (Second), 233 ; French, 356 ; Genovan Free
Canons of the Synod of Dort, 550.

Church, 781; Italian Free Church, 787;
Catechism, the Anglican, 517; the Heidel Reformed Churches, 383; Quakers', 789 ;

416;

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Scotch (First), 437; Scotch (Second), 480 ;
Westminster, 599; Waldensian, 757.

H.
Congregational Creeds, 707, 910.

Helvetic Confession, 211, 233.
Conversion of man, 262, 564, 586.

Heresies and sects, 173.
Councils, General, 239, 465, 500, 539, 668, Heretics and schismatics, 228.
822.

Holy days, 201, 298.
Covenant, God's, with man, 616; the Nation- Holy Spirit, true and eternal God, 324, 394,
al, 480.

489, 751, 766, 784, 807, 815; faith in the,
Creation, 246, 395, 398, 440, 529, 611, 750. 450.
Creed, 77, 492.

Homilies, 509.
Creeds, the Three, 528. See Confession.

I.
Cumberland Presbyterian Confession, 771. Idols, 241.

Immortality of the soul, 246, 459.
D.

Imperfection of man, 456, 530.
Deacons, 422.

Imputation of sin and righteousness, 778.
Decalogue. See Ten Commandments. Infirmity of man, 398.
Declaration of Savoy, 707; Congregational Intercession of Saints, 200.

Union of England and Wales, 730; Boston Intermediate state, 756.
Congregational Council, 734; Oberlin Na-
tional Council, 737; Auburn, 777.

J.
Decree, eternal, 528, 608, 771; concerning Judgment, last, 433, 543, 671, 756.
man's redemption, 215.

Justification, 10, 266, 407, 409, 494, 532, 626,
Descent into Hades, 159, 488.

743, 754, 768, 773, 780, 793, 809, 818;
Divorce, 655.

works before, 817.
E.

K.
Elders, 422.

Knowledge, true foundation of, 789.
Election, 252, 401, 444, 745, 777, 820.
Evangelical Alliance, Articles of, 827.

L.
Excommunication, 202, 508.

Law and the Gospel, 126, 746.

Law, ceremonial, abolished, 412; perfection
F.

of the, 456; the third use of the, 130.
Faith, 218, 262, 532, 744, 753, 817; right- Law of God, 259, 640.

eousness of, 114; saving, 630, 779. Liberty of conscience, 613, 719, 720, 748, 797.
Fall of man, 247, 398, 530, 564, 586,615, 743, Light, saving and spiritual, 792.
750, 777.

Lord's Prayer, exposition of, 80, 351, 520,
Fasts, 201, 298.

698, 835.
Fathers, the ancient, 212, 239.

Lord's Supper, 13, 29, 135, 181, 187, 225,
Free will, 18, 106, 213, 214, 249, 493, 623, 291, 332, 428, 505, 542, 663, 741, 747,
773, 779, 809, 820.

755, 797, 811, 823; both kinds in the, 29,
Free-will Baptist Confession, 749.

507, 811, 824; scope of the, 506.
Friends, Confession of Society of, 789.

M.

Magistrates, 16, 203, 229, 307, 432, 474, 512,
Gallican Confession, 356.

536, 652, 720, 741, 797, 812, 826.
God, 7, 213, 240, 383, 439, 606, 749; one in Man's condition by nature, 750, 782, 817.

Essence, three in Person, 389; the Father, Marriage, 202, 230, 304, 655, 812, 826.
315; knowledge of, 384; the justice and Mass, 34, 200, 507, 543.
mercy of, 405; the true, 742.

Meats, choice of, 298; distinction of, 42.
Good works, 20, 121, 200, 218, 268, 410, Ministering to the congregation, 501, 502,

494, 534, 633, 809, 819; cause of, 452; 810, 822, 824; to the sick, 300.
what God holds as, 454, 495.

Ministers, 206, 219, 221, 422; choice of, 221;
Goods, Christian men's, 813, 826.

work of, 222.
Grace, extent of, in gospel, 718; in regenera- Ministry of the Church, 10, 278, 538, 755,
tion, 744.

795.

N.

24, 334,
in dhe

78.

Misery of man, 308.
Monastic vows, 49.

S.
Moral inability, 779.

Sabbath, 646; the Christian, 747, 754.
Moravian Easter Litany, 799.

Sacraments, 223, 285, 328, 424, 467, 502, 541,
660, 810, 822; efficiency of, 503; right

administration of, 471; to whom they ap-
Neighbors, duty towards our, 537.

pertain, 474; use of, 15.
New Arians, errors of the, 178.

Salvation, way of, 743; freeness of, 744, 773,
New Hampshire (Baptist) Confession, 742. 779, 793.
New obedience, 11.

Sanctification, 410, 534, 629, 745, 754.

Satan, 246.
0.

Savoy Declaration, 708.
Oath, 513.

Saxon Visitation Articles, 181.
Oaths, lawful, 649, 813.

Scandals, 204.
Oberlin Declaration, 737.

Schismatics, 228.
Orders and sects, 201.

Schwenkfeldians, 177.
Orders, ecclesiastical, 15.

Scotch Confessions, 437, 480.
Ordination of the clergy, 206, 278, 511. Scriptures, Holy, 211, 237, 260, 385, 526, 599,
Original sin, 8, 97, 213, 400, 440, 492, 530, 600, 749, 751, 781, 791; authority of, 386,
767, 808, 816.

464, 742; difference between canonical and

apocryphal, 387; inspiration of, 384; intent
P.

nf, 212; interpretation of, 211, 239; sufficien-
Penitence of man, 262.

cy as only rule of faith, 387, 736; sufficien-
Perfection, 794.

cy of, for salvation, 489, 767, 781, 808, 815.
Perseverance of Saints, 571, 592, 636, 746, Second Helvetic Confession, 831.
754, 774, 795.

Sects, 173.
Philadelphia Confession, 738.

Service of God, 227, 295, 534.
Pilgrimages, 201.

Signs, 201.
Prayer, 204, 296, 350.

Sin, 247, 615, 777; after baptism, 496; after
Predestination and election of God, 165, 185, justification, 809; after conversion, 820;
189, 252, 497, 528, 531, 581, 820.

cause of, 20, 217; hereditary, 778, 792.
Promises, 260.

Sins, remission of, 205.
Promises, revelation of, 441.

Sonship of believers, 814.
Providence, 244, 396, 529, 612, 749.

Spirits, presence of, 301.
Punishment for sin, 615, 748, 756.

State of the soul after death, 543, 670, 756.
Purgatory, 206, 301, 501, 810.

Supererogation, work:s of, 809, 819.

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Q.
Quakers, Confession of, 789.

Ten Commandments, exposition of, 74, 842,

519, 685, 868.
R.

Testament, Old, 491,510, 601, 808,816; New,
Recreations, 798.

540, 601.
Redemption of man, 311, 402, 561, 586, 756, Thankfulness, 338.
778, 792.

Traditions of men, 212, 239; of the Church,
Reformed Episcopal Articles, 814.

508; distinction of, 42.
Reforms of abuses, 207.

Trinity, Holy, 240, 606, 781 ; faith in, 487,528,
Regeneration, 753, 779, 817.

807, 814; proof of the, 390.
Religion, the Thirty-nine Articles. See Ar-
ticles of Religion.

U.
Repentance, 14, 631, 744, 753, 818.

Union Catechism, 831.
Resurrection, 447, 489, 543, 670, 756,

766.
Retribution, 756.

Visitation Articles of Saxony, 181.
Revelation, immedinte, 790.

Vows, lawful, 619.
Reward of good works, 268.

Vows of purity, 202.
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V.

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