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The Profession of Faith

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himself will assume that “image”

67

and restore it in the Father’s

“likeness” by giving it again its Glory, the Spirit who is “the giver

of life.”

706

Against all human hope, God promises descendants to

Abraham, as the fruit of faith and of the power of the Holy Spirit.

68

In Abraham’s progeny all the nations of the earth will be blessed.

This progeny will be Christ himself,

69

in whom the outpouring of

the Holy Spirit will “gather into one the children of God who are

scattered abroad.”

70

God commits himself by his own solemn oath

to giving his beloved Son and “the promised Holy Spirit . . . [who

is] the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of

it.”

71

In Theophanies and the Law

707

Theophanies (manifestations of God) light up the way of

the promise, from the patriarchs to Moses and from Joshua to the

visions that inaugurated the missions of the great prophets. Chris-

tian tradition has always recognized that God’s Word allowed

himself to be seen and heard in these theophanies, in which the

cloud of the Holy Spirit both revealed him and concealed him in

its shadow.

708

This divine pedagogy appears especially in the gift of the

Law.

72

God gave the Law as a “pedagogue” to lead his people

towards Christ.

73

But the Law’s powerlessness to save man de-

prived of the divine “likeness,” along with the growing awareness

of sin that it imparts,

74

enkindles a desire for the Holy Spirit. The

lamentations of the Psalms bear witness to this.

In the Kingdom and the Exile

709

The Law, the sign of God’s promise and covenant, ought

to have governed the hearts and institutions of that people to

whomAbraham’s faith gave birth. “If you will obey my voice and

keep my covenant, . . . you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and

67 Cf.

Jn

1:14;

Phil

2:7.

68 Cf.

Gen

18:1-15;

Lk

1:26-38; 54-55;

Jn

1:12-13;

Rom

4:16-21.

69 Cf.

Gen

12:3;

Gal

3:16.

70 Cf.

Jn

11:52.

71

Eph

1:13-14; cf.

Gen

22:17-19;

Lk

1:73;

Jn

3:16;

Rom

8:32;

Gal

3:14.

72 Cf.

Ex

19-20;

Deut

1-11; 29-30.

73

Gal

3:24.

74 Cf.

Rom

3:20.

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