Of God and His Creatures

This text may be not so immediately applicable as it seems, if it be the utterance, not of God as God, ad intra, but of God made Man, communicator of a divine life to His elect, ad extra. See my notes on St John i, 3, 4; xi, 25; xiv, 6.

Be that application as it may, the conclusion of this chapter, and so many similar conclusions in this book, amount to this: that God is one self-conscious act, the realisation of the whole ideal order, of life, of wisdom, of power, of goodness, of necessary being, -- what Plato was groping after (Acts xvii, 27) in his theory of Ideas, -- gathered all in one, living, conscious, pure actuality.

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