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Part One

be the center of the apostolic faith, first professed by Peter as the

Church’s foundation.

49

443

Peter could recognize the transcendent character of theMes­

siah’s divine sonship because Jesus had clearly allowed it to be so

understood. To his accusers’ question before the Sanhedrin, “Are you

the Son of God, then?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am.”

50

Well

before this, Jesus referred to himself as “the Son” who knows the

Father, as distinct from the “servants” God had earlier sent to his

people; he is superior even to the angels.

51

He distinguished his

sonship from that of his disciples by never saying “our Father,” except

to command them: “You, then, pray like this: ‘Our Father,’” and he

emphasized this distinction, saying “my Father and your Father.”

52

444

The Gospels report that at two solemn moments, the Bap-

tism and the Transfiguration of Christ, the voice of the Father

designates Jesus his “beloved Son.”

53

Jesus calls himself the “only

Son of God,” and by this title affirms his eternal preexistence.

54

He

asks for faith in “the name of the only Son of God.”

55

In the

centurion’s exclamation before the crucified Christ, “Truly this

man was the Son of God,”

56

that Christian confession is already

heard. Only in the Paschal mystery can the believer give the title

“Son of God” its full meaning.

445

After his Resurrection, Jesus’ divine sonship becomes

manifest in the power of his glorified humanity. He was “desig-

nated Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by

his Resurrection from the dead.”

57

The apostles can confess: “We

have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full

of grace and truth.”

58

IV.

L

ord

446

In the Greek translation of the Old Testament, the ineffable

Hebrew name

Yhwh

, by which God revealed himself to Moses,

59

is

49 Cf.

1 Thess

1:10;

Jn

20:31;

Mt

16:18

50

Lk

22:70; cf.

Mt

26:64;

Mk

14:61-62.

51 Cf.

Mt

11:27; 21:34-38; 24:36.

52

Mt

5:48; 6:8-9; 7:21;

Lk

11:13;

Jn

20:17.

53 Cf.

Mt

3:17; cf.

Mt

17:5.

54

Jn

3:16; cf. 10:36.

55

Jn

3:18.

56

Mk

15:39.

57

Rom

1:3; cf.

Acts

13:33.

58

Jn

1:14.

59 Cf.

Ex

3:14.

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536, 554

653

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