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The Profession of Faith

59

God is truth

215

“The sum of your word is truth; and every one of your

righteous ordinances endures forever.”

30

“And now, O

Lord

God,

you are God, and your words are true;”

31

this is why God’s

promises always come true.

32

God is Truth itself, whose words

cannot deceive. This is why one can abandon oneself in full trust

to the truth and faithfulness of his word in all things. The beginning

of sin and of man’s fall was due to a lie of the tempter who induced

doubt of God’s word, kindness, and faithfulness.

216

God’s truth is his wisdom, which commands the whole

created order and governs the world.

33

God, who alone made

heaven and earth, can alone impart true knowledge of every cre-

ated thing in relation to himself.

34

217

God is also truthful when he reveals himself—the teaching

that comes fromGod is “true instruction.”

35

When he sends his Son

into the world it will be “to bear witness to the truth”:

36

“We know

that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, to

know him who is true.”

37

God is love

218

In the course of its history, Israel was able to discover that

God had only one reason to reveal himself to them, a single motive

for choosing them from among all peoples as his special posses-

sion: his sheer gratuitous love.

38

And thanks to the prophets Israel

understood that it was again out of love that God never stopped

saving them and pardoning their unfaithfulness and sins.

39

219

God’s love for Israel is compared to a father’s love for his

son. His love for his people is stronger than a mother’s for her

children. God loves his people more than a bridegroom his be-

loved; his love will be victorious over even the worst infidelities

30

Ps

119:160.

31

2 Sam

7:28.

32 Cf.

Deut

7:9.

33 Cf.

Wis

13:1-9.

34 Cf.

Ps

115:15;

Wis

7:17-21.

35

Mal

2:6.

36

Jn

18:37.

37

1 Jn

5:20; cf.

Jn

17:3.

38 Cf.

Deut

4:37; 7:8; 10:15.

39 Cf.

Isa

43:1-7;

Hos

2.

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1063, 156

397

295

32

851

2466

295

239

796, 458