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.”
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”
)—will be presented. The Creed next confesses the chief
mysteries of his life—those of his Incarnation (
articles 4 and 5
), and glorification (
articles 6 and 7
AND IN JESUS CHRIST, HIS ONLY SON,
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.
alone can forgive sins, it is God who, in Jesus his eternal Son made
man, “will save his people from their sins.”
In Jesus, God reca
pitulates all of his history of salvation on behalf of men.
In the history of salvation God was not content to deliver
Israel “out of the house of bondage”
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.
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
1:21; cf. 2:7.