The Profession of Faith
By natural reason man can know God with certainty, on
the basis of his works. But there is another order of knowledge,
which man cannot possibly arrive at by his own powers: the order
of divine Revelation.
Through an utterly free decision, God has
revealed himself and given himself to man. This he does by reveal
ing the mystery, his plan of loving goodness, formed from all
eternity in Christ, for the benefit of all men. God has fully revealed
this plan by sending us his beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, and
the Holy Spirit.
THE REVELATION OF GOD
“It pleased God, in his goodness and wisdom, to reveal
himself and to make known the mystery of his will. His will was
that men should have access to the Father, through Christ, the
Word made flesh, in the Holy Spirit, and thus become sharers in
the divine nature.”
God, who “dwells in unapproachable light,” wants to
communicate his own divine life to the men he freely created, in
order to adopt them as his sons in his only-begotten Son.
vealing himself God wishes to make them capable of responding
to him, and of knowing him, and of loving him far beyond their
own natural capacity.
The divine plan of Revelation is realized simultaneously
“by deeds and words which are intrinsically bound up with each
and shed light on each other. It involves a specific divine
pedagogy: God communicates himself to man gradually. He pre-
pares him to welcome by stages the supernatural Revelation that
is to culminate in the person and mission of the incarnate Word,