935 God’s Essence Is Both Almighty and Practical
1 In everything God does, there is His almighty aspect and His practical aspect. God’s almightiness is His essence, and His practicality is also His essence; these two aspects are inseparable. God’s real, practical actions are His practical aspect, and His almighty aspect is in His ability to work in this way. Anything God does contains both aspects—His almightiness and His practicality—and all He does is based on His essence; it is an expression of His disposition, as well as a revelation of His essence and what He is.
2 God’s real and practical work; His expression of the truth, which cleanses and resolves the corruption of humanity; and His ability to lead people directly are parts of His practical aspect. He expresses His disposition and what He is, and He can do the work that humans cannot; this is His almighty side. God has the authority to bring what He says into existence, to make His commands stand firm, and to have what He says be done. As God speaks, His almightiness is revealed. God rules over all things, maneuvers Satan to serve Him, arranges environments to test and refine people, to purify and transform their dispositions. These are all manifestations of God’s almighty aspect. The essence of God is both almighty and practical, and these two aspects complement each other. Everything God does is an expression of His disposition and a revelation of what He is. What He is includes His almightiness, His righteousness, and His majesty.
Adapted from The Word, Vol. 3. The Discourses of Christ of the Last Days. Part Three