John Gill on the Theological Terminology

From John Gill’s commentary on 2 Timothy 1:13, considering the “pattern of sound words.” Such “words” are well preserved in confessions!

Indeed, when words have long obtained, and have been very useful to convey just ideas of truth to the mind, they are not to be easily parted with, though they are not syllabically expressed in Scripture, unless other and better words can be substituted in their room; and especially they are to be tenaciously abode by, when the apparent design by dropping or changing them is to set aside the truths signified by them; such as trinity, unity, essence, person, imputed righteousness, satisfaction, &c.

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