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Thus I believe the only-begotten and eternal So for the confirmation of the truth of his death already the verity of his resurrection from the dead suddenly had his body, according to the custom of the Jews for a funeral, bound up with linen clothes, and laid and after that accustomed preparation, deposited i chre hewn out of the rock, in which never man was l and by rolling of a stone unto the door thereof, enton Thus I believe that Christ WAS BURIED.


He descended into hell: the third day he ros again from the dead.

THE former part of this Article, of the descent into not been so anciently in the CREED,* or so universa

Christians, so Gregory Nazianzen did ob-
serve the same to the great dishonour of
the apostate, comparing his funeral with
his predecessors. O μ yàp (that is Con-
stantius) παραπέμπεται πανδήμοις εὐφημίαις
τε καὶ πομπαῖς, καὶ τούτοις δὲ τοῖς ἡμετέροις
σεμνοῖς, ᾠδαῖς παννύχοις καὶ δαδουχίαις, αἷς
Χριστιανοὶ τιμᾶν μετάστασιν εὐσεβῆ νομίζομεν·
καὶ γίνεται πανήγυρις μετὰ πάθους ἡ ἐκκομιδὴ
To coμATOS. Orat, iv. in Jul. ii. p. 118. But
as for Julian : Μῖμοι γελοίων ἦγον αὐτὸν, καὶ
τοῖς ἀπὸ τῆς σκηνῆς αἴσχεσιν ἐπομπεύετο
ἕως Ταρσέων αὐτὸν ὑποδέχεται πόλις
ἔνθα δέ οἱ τέμενος ἄτιμον, καὶ τάφος ἐξάγιστος
καὶ ἀπόπτυστος, καὶ οὐδὲ θεατὸς εὐσεβῶν ὄψεσι.
Ibid. p. 119, 120.

First, It is to be observed, that the descent into hell was not in the ancient creeds or rules of faith. Some tell us that it was not in the confession of Ignatius Epist. ad Magnes. But indeed there is no confession of faith in that Epistle; for what is read there was thrust in out of Clemens's Constitutions. In like manner, in vain is it objected that it was omitted by Polycarp, Clemens Romanus, and Justin Martyr, because they have not pretended any rule of faith or Creed of their times. But that which is material in this cause, it is not to be found in the rules of faith delivered by Irenæus, l. i. c. 2. by Origen, 1. æɛgì àçxãν, in Proœm. or by Tertullian, adv. Praeam, c. 2. De Virg. veland. c. 1. De Præscript. adv. Hæret. c. 13. It is not expressed in those Creeds which were made by the Councils as larger explications of the Apostles' Creed: not in the Nicene or Constantinopolitan, not in that of Ephesus or Chalcedon; not in those confessions made at

Sardica, Antioch, Seleucia It is not mentioned in seve of faith delivered by partic not in that of Eusebius Ca sented to the Council of N Hist. Eccles. l. i. c. 2. not i cellus, bishop of Ancyra, Pope Julius, S. Epiphan. 11. not in that of Arius and sented to Constantine, Soc not in that of Acacius, bish delivered in to the Syno Socrat. 1. ii. c. 40. not in thius, Theophilus, and Sil Liberius, Socrat. I. iv. c. 12 mention of it in the Cree Tract. de Fide, in Asceticis Creed of Epiphanius, in A Gelasius, in Biblioth. Patr. 3. p. 669. Damasus, inter. t. v. p. 122. Macarius, in not in the Creed expounde (though some have produc to prove it), it is not in pounded by St. Augustin, bolo; not in that De Symbol nos, attributed to St. Au that which is expounded Taurinensis, nor in that s preted by Petrus Chrysol the 2d Homily of Maximus cruce et sepultura Domini, w illam nativitatem (scil. d Mariæ) ad inferos descend (scil. de sepulcro) reme And in the 60th Sermon, bolum Apostolorum, of Pet Sepultum dicis, ut veram mortemque non perfunctor fessio sepulturæ, mortem

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of his death already past r
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rest. The first place we find it used in, was the Church Aquileia; and the time we are sure it was used in the Cre of that church was less than 400 years after Christ. After th it came into the Roman Creed,* and others,+ and hath be acknowledged as a part of the Apostles' Creed ever since.

Indeed, the descent into hell hath always been accepted, b with a various exposition; and the Church of England at th Reformation, as it received the three Creeds, in two of whic this Article is contained, so did it also make this one of th Articles of Religion, to which all who are admitted to an benefice, or received into holy orders, are obliged to subscrib And at the first reception it was propounded with a certai explication, and thus delivered in the fourth year of King Ed ward the Sixth, with reference to an express place of Scrip ture interpreted of this descent: That the body of Christ la in the grave until his resurrection; but his spirit, which h gave up, was with the spirits which were detained in prison or in hell, and preached to them, as the place in St. Pete (1 Ep. iii. 19) testifieth.' So likewise after the same manne in the CREED set forth in metre after the manner of a psalm and still remaining at the end of the Psalms, the same exposi tion is delivered in this stave:

of the descent inte k ED,* or so universally, s ardica, Antioch, Seleucia, Sirin is not mentioned in several c faith delivered by particular ot in that of Eusebias Casan ented to the Council of Nice. T ist. Eccles. I. i. c. 2. not in th llus, bishop of Ancyra, dere ope Julius, S. Epiphan. Har 1. not in that of Arins and Fun nted to Constantine, Socrat. Li t in that of Acacius, bishop of Ca livered in to the Synod of S rat. 1. ii. c. 40. not in that d us, Theophilus, and Silvas berius, Socrat. I. iv. c.12. The -ntion of it in the Creed of act. de Fide, in Asceticis, c4; eed of Epiphanius, in Ard lasius, in Biblioth. Par. Lat D. 669. Damasus, inter & P. 122. Macarius, is in the Creed expounded Dugh some have produ prove it), it is not in the nded by St. Augustin, D ; not in that De Symb attributed to St. Aug which is expounded rinensis, nor in that so ed by Petrus Chrysl 2d Homily of Maximus et sepultura Domini, we re a nativitatem (seil. de e) ad inferos descendi de sepulcro) remeatur in the 60th Sermon, or 4 Apostolorum, of Pet Ca Itum dicis, ut veram came nque non perfunctori sepulturæ, mortem

And so he died in the flesh,
But quickened in the spirit:
Sody then was buried,

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falsely ascribed to St. Au is attributed to Thoma in the exposition of th ibed to St. Chrysostom reed attributed to S though we cannot sa now was extant abou he epistle of Isidoru udium Ducem. It wa Creed of the Counci Hist. Eccl.1. ii. c. 37 cil of Toledo, held i he sixteenth Counci eld in the year 693 is negaverit fuiss S. August. Epist

ue ad resurrectio t; Spiritus ab ill qui in carcere sive fuit, illisque præ i locus,' &c. Arti place was also ition of the Creed ism set forth by Edward, in the

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