39. Is God the only One who “is”?

Since creatures have received everything they are and have from God, only God in himselfisthe fullness of being and of every perfection. God is “He who is”without origin and without end. Jesus also reveals that he bears the divine name “I Am” (John8:28).


Veja este tema no Catecismo

Paragraph 212

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.

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." God is "HE WHO IS", from everlasting to everlasting, and as such remains ever faithful to himself and to his promises.

Paragraph 213

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.


Acesse nossos estudos biblicos:

What does the Bible teach about the importance of humility and modesty?

Understanding God’s sovereignty through the Psalms (Psalm 33:6-9)

God’s Holiness and the Call to Holiness: What Does the Book of Leviticus Teach Us About God’s Holiness and Our Responsibility to Be Holy? (Leviticus 11:44-45; 19:2)

What is the criticism against relying on military force instead of God in Amos 2:14-16?

How does Ruth’s story teach us about integrity and honesty?

How important is the Word of God in the Christian life according to 2 Timothy 3:16-17?

What does the statement “God so loved the world that he gave his son” in John 3:16 mean?