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Part One

428

Whoever is called “to teach Christ” must first seek “the

surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus”; he must suffer “the

loss of all things . . .” in order to “gain Christ and be found in him,”

and “to know him and the power of his resurrection, and [to] share

his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that if possible [he]

may attain the resurrection from the dead.”

17

429

From this loving knowledge of Christ springs the desire to

proclaim him, to “evangelize,” and to lead others to the “yes” of

faith in Jesus Christ. But at the same time the need to know this

faith better makes itself felt. To this end, following the order of the

Creed, Jesus’ principal titles—“Christ,” “Son of God,” and “Lord”

(

article 2

)—will be presented. The Creed next confesses the chief

mysteries of his life—those of his Incarnation (

article 3

), Paschal

mystery (

articles 4 and 5

), and glorification (

articles 6 and 7

).

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rticle

2

AND IN JESUS CHRIST, HIS ONLY SON,

OUR LORD

I.

J

esus

430

Jesus means in Hebrew: “God saves.” At the annunciation,

the angel Gabriel gave him the name Jesus as his proper name,

which expresses both his identity and his mission.

18

Since God

alone can forgive sins, it is God who, in Jesus his eternal Son made

man, “will save his people from their sins.”

19

In Jesus, God reca­

pitulates all of his history of salvation on behalf of men.

431

In the history of salvation God was not content to deliver

Israel “out of the house of bondage”

20

by bringing them out of

Egypt. He also saves them from their sin. Because sin is always an

offense against God, only he can forgive it.

21

For this reason Israel,

becoming more and more aware of the universality of sin, will no

longer be able to seek salvation except by invoking the name of the

Redeemer God.

22

17

Phil

3:8-11.

18 Cf.

Lk

1:31.

19

Mt

1:21; cf. 2:7.

20

Deut

5:6.

21 Cf.

Ps

51:4, 12.

22 Cf.

Ps

79:9.

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1441, 1850

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