11.  May we make a distinction in God between His being and His attributes?

No, because, even with us, being and attributes are most closely connected.  Even more so in God.  If His attributes were something other than His revealed being, it would follow that, also, essential deity must be ascribed to His being and, thus, a distinction would be established in God between what is essentially divine and what is derivatively divine.  That cannot be.

12.  May we also say that God’s attributes are not distinguished from one another?

This is extremely risky.  We may be content to say that all God’s attributes are related most closely to each other and penetrate each other in the most intimate unity.  However, this is, in no way, to say that they are to be identified with each other.  Also, in God, for example, love and righteousness are not the same, although they function together perfectly in complete harmony.  We may not let everything intermingle in a pantheistic way because that would be the end of our objective knowledge of God.

From: Reformed Dognatics: Volume One: Theology Proper by Geerhardus Vos; translated from the Dutch and edited by Richard B. Gaffin, Jr. (Bellingham: Lexham Press, 2014), p. 5.


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