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The Profession of Faith

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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

Lord

, it shall be said of me, are righteousness and

strength.’”

5

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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.”

6

At the same time Jesus

gives us to understand that he himself is “the Lord.”

7

To confess

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

One God:

We firmly believe and confess without reservation that there

is only one true God, eternal, infinite (

immensus

) 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.

8

II.

G

od

R

eveals

H

is

N

ame

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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

addressed personally.

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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

on Sinai.

5

Isa

45: 22-24; cf.

Phil

2:10-11.

6

Mk

12:29-30.

7 Cf.

Mk

12:35-37.

8 Lateran Council IV: DS 800.

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