The Profession of Faith
all nations to turn to him, the one and only God: “Turn to me and
be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no
other . . . . To me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.
‘Only in the
, it shall be said of me, are righteousness and
Jesus himself affirms that God is “the one Lord” whom you
must love “with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all
your mind, and with all your strength.”
At the same time Jesus
gives us to understand that he himself is “the Lord.”
that Jesus is Lord is distinctive of Christian faith. This is not
contrary to belief in the One God. Nor does believing in the Holy
Spirit as “Lord and giver of life” introduce any division into the
We firmly believe and confess without reservation that there
is only one true God, eternal, infinite (
) and un-
changeable, incomprehensible, almighty, and ineffable, the
Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit; three persons indeed,
but one essence, substance or nature entirely simple.
God revealed himself to his people Israel by making his
name known to them. A name expresses a person’s essence and
identity and the meaning of this person’s life. God has a name; he
is not an anonymous force. To disclose one’s name is to make
oneself known to others; in a way it is to hand oneself over by
becoming accessible, capable of being known more intimately and
God revealed himself progressively and under different
names to his people, but the revelation that proved to be the
fundamental one for both the Old and the New Covenants was the
revelation of the divine name to Moses in the theophany of the
burning bush, on the threshold of the Exodus and of the covenant
45: 22-24; cf.
8 Lateran Council IV: DS 800.