The New Hampshire Confession (1833), upon which the SBC’s Baptist Faith and Message is based in part, wrote concerning God,

“There is one, and only one, living and true God, . . . revealed under the personal and relative distinctions of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption” (Lumpkin, Baptist Confessions of Faith, 362).

The original Baptist Faith and Message (1925) wrote,

“There is one and only one living and true God . . . He is revealed to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being” (R. Baker, A Baptist Source Book with Particular Reference to Southern Baptists [Nashville: Broadman, 1966], 201; quoted in S. Harmon, “Baptist Confessions of Faith and the Patristic Tradition” [PRSt 29 Wint 2002, 350, n. 7]).

The Baptist Faith and Message 1963 revision slightly altered this and added subsections on the three persons of the Trinity,

There is one and only one living and true God. . . . The eternal God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence or being” (Lumpkin, Baptist Confessions, 393).

The 2000 and current revision of the Baptist Faith and Message reworked this,

“There is one and only one living and true God. . . . The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.”

Advertisements