St Cyril of Jerusalem: Do You Believe that God Is Perfect & One?

Feast of the Holy Prophet Zachariah

Cyril_Jerusalem_Square.jpgWE MUST believe that God is perfect in all things, according to the saying of the Savior: “Your heavenly Father is perfect” (Mt. 5.48); perfect in sight, perfect in power, perfect in greatness, perfect in foreknowledge, perfect in goodness, perfect in justice, perfect in loving-kindness; not limited by space, but the Creator of space, existing in all things but circumscribed by none. The heaven is His throne, but He who sits thereon is above it; the earth His footstool, but His power extends even to the things beneath the earth.

He is One, everywhere present, seeing all things, understanding all things, fashioning all things through Christ. He is a fountainhead of all good, immense and unfailing, a stream of blessings, light eternal shining unceasingly, power insuperable, condescending to our infirmities; we cannot endure even His name. “Wilt thou find the footstep of God,” says Job, “or hast thou attained to the least things which the Almighty hath made” (Job 11.7 LXX)? If the very least of His works are not comprehended, will He who made all things be comprehended? “Eye has not seen nor ear heard, nor has it entered into the heart of man, what things God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Cor. 2.9). If the things God has prepared are beyond our comprehension, can we comprehend Him who has prepared them? “Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and of the knowledge of God! How incomprehensible are His judgments and how unsearchable His ways” (Rom. 11.33)! If His judgments and ways are incomprehensible, will He Himself be comprehended?

—St Cyril of Jerusalem, Lenten Lectures

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