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The Profession of Faith

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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.

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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.

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THE REVELATION OF GOD

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“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.”

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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.

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By re-

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.

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The divine plan of Revelation is realized simultaneously

“by deeds and words which are intrinsically bound up with each

other”

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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,

Jesus Christ.

1 Cf.

Dei Filius:

DS 3015.

2

DV

2; cf.

Eph

1:9; 2:18;

2 Pet

1:4.

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1 Tim

6:16; cf.

Eph

1:4-5.

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DV

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