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The Profession of Faith

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Paragraph 3. The Almighty

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Of all the divine attributes, only God’s omnipotence is

named in the Creed: to confess this power has great bearing on our

lives. We believe that his might is

universal,

for God who created

everything also rules everything and can do everything. God’s

power is

loving,

for he is our Father, and

mysterious,

for only faith

can discern it when it “is made perfect in weakness.”

103

“He does whatever he pleases”

104

269

The Holy Scriptures repeatedly confess the

universal

power of God. He is called the “Mighty One of Jacob,” the “

Lord

of hosts,” the “strong and mighty” one. If God is almighty “in

heaven and on earth,” it is because he made them.

105

Nothing is

impossible with God, who disposes his works according to his

will.

106

He is the Lord of the universe, whose order he established

and which remains wholly subject to him and at his disposal. He

is master of history, governing hearts and events in keeping with

his will: “It is always in your power to show great strength, and

who can withstand the strength of your arm?”

107

“You are merciful to all, for you can do all things”

108

270

God is the

Father

Almighty, whose fatherhood and power

shed light on one another: God reveals his fatherly omnipotence

by the way he takes care of our needs; by the filial adoption that he

gives us (“I will be a father to you, and you shall be my sons and

daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”):

109

finally by his infinite

mercy, for he displays his power at its height by freely forgiving

sins.

271

God’s almighty power is in no way arbitrary: “In God,

power, essence, will, intellect, wisdom, and justice are all identical.

Nothing therefore can be in God’s power which could not be in his

just will or his wise intellect.”

110

103 Cf.

Gen

1:1;

Jn

1:3;

Mt

6:9;

2 Cor

12:9; cf.

1 Cor

1:18.

104

Ps

115:3.

105

Gen

49:24;

Isa

1:24 etc.;

Ps

24:8-10; 135:6.

106 Cf.

Jer

27:5; 32:17;

Lk

1:37.

107

Wis

11:21; cf.

Esth

4:17b;

Prov

21:1;

Tob

13:2.

108

Wis 11:23.

109

2 Cor

6:18; cf.

Mt

6:32.

110 St. Thomas Aquinas,

STh

I, 25, 5,

ad

1.

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