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Part One

God alone IS

212

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.

24

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.”

25

In God “there is no variation or shadow due to change.”

26

God is

“He who Is,” from everlasting to everlasting, and as such remains

ever faithful to himself and to his promises.

213

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

is

his very being, and he is of himself everything

that he is.

III.

G

od

, “H

e

W

ho

I

s

,” I

s

T

ruth and

L

ove

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God, “He who is,” revealed himself to Israel as the one

“abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.”

27

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

faithfulness.”

28

He is the Truth, for “God is light and in him there

is no darkness”; “God is love,” as the apostle John teaches.

29

24 Cf.

Isa

44:6.

25

Ps

102:26-27

26

Jas

1:17.

27

Ex

34:6.

28

Ps

138:2; cf.

Ps

85:11.

29

1 Jn

1:5; 4:8.

42

469, 2086

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