God alone IS
Over the centuries, Israel’s faith was able to manifest and
deepen realization of the riches contained in the revelation of the
divine name. God is unique; there are no other gods besides him.
He transcends the world and history. He made heaven and earth:
“They will perish, but you endure; they will all wear out like a
garment . . . but you are the same, and your years have no end.”
In God “there is no variation or shadow due to change.”
“He who Is,” from everlasting to everlasting, and as such remains
ever faithful to himself and to his promises.
The revelation of the ineffable name “I Am who Am”
contains then the truth that God alone IS. The Greek Septuagint
translation of the Hebrew Scriptures, and following it the Church’s
Tradition, understood the divine name in this sense: God is the
fullness of Being and of every perfection, without origin and
without end. All creatures receive all that they are and have from
him; but he alone
his very being, and he is of himself everything
that he is.
God, “He who is,” revealed himself to Israel as the one
“abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.”
These two terms
express summarily the riches of the divine name. In all his works
God displays not only his kindness, goodness, grace, and steadfast
love, but also his trustworthiness, constancy, faithfulness, and
truth. “I give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your
He is the Truth, for “God is light and in him there
is no darkness”; “God is love,” as the apostle John teaches.