3. O UNITY!

3. On unity

1. Eternity and infinity

constitute one singular being,

which being is called God.

 

2. Were there to exist many Gods, either one of them would be finite

or the other would be infinite,

[and the latter] would not be great in its singularity.

 

3. It is fitting, therefore, that there should exist one God alone,

so that there may be great goodness and great perfection,

[a God] omnipotent in His unity.

 

4. The greatness of divine unity

resides in the fact that as such it enjoys great unified,

distinct from the unifier and the unifying as regards the Trinity.

 

5. Were unifying to be absent from the divine unity,

great power, wisdom and love would also be lacking,

and as such it would remain idle.

 

6. Unity and unifying pertain to each other

as do perfection and its perfecting,

which is why unity and unifying cannot be separated.

 

7. Unity has greater power in terms of unifying

than does a sensual nature in terms of the acts of its senses

or the human will in its desiring.

 

8. Divine unity possesses such great power

that it can exist distinctly as a Trinity

yet remain one in terms of its substance.

 

9. Just as God’s oneness must pertain to one,

so too must He be one,

so that He may be both proper and common.

 

10. God wished to reveal the power of his unity

in being a man united with divinity,

a single person consisting of deity and humanity.