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The Profession of Faith

207

— Its

mission

is to be salt of the earth and light of the world.

206

This

people is “a most sure seed of unity, hope, and salvation for the

whole human race.”

— Its

destiny,

finally, “is the Kingdomof Godwhich has been begun

by God himself on earth and which must be further extended until

it has been brought to perfection by him at the end of time.”

207

A priestly, prophetic, and royal people

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Jesus Christ is the one whom the Father anointed with the

Holy Spirit and established as priest, prophet, and king. The whole

People of God participates in these three offices of Christ and bears

the responsibilities for mission and service that flow from them.

208

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On entering the People of God through faith and Baptism,

one receives a share in this people’s unique,

priestly

vocation:

“Christ the Lord, high priest taken from among men, has made this

new people ‘a kingdom of priests to God, his Father.’ The baptized,

by regeneration and the anointing of the Holy Spirit, are

consecrated

to be a spiritual house and a holy priesthood.”

209

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“The holy People of God shares also in Christ’s

prophetic

office,” above all in the supernatural sense of faith that belongs to

the whole People, lay and clergy, when it “unfailingly adheres to

this faith . . . once for all delivered to the saints,”

210

and when it

deepens its understanding and becomes Christ’s witness in the

midst of this world.

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Finally, the People of God shares in the

royal

office of

Christ. He exercises his kingship by drawing all men to himself

through his death and Resurrection.

211

Christ, King and Lord of

the universe, made himself the servant of all, for he came “not to

be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

212

For the Christian, “to reign is to serve him,” particularly when

serving “the poor and the suffering, in whom the Church recog-

nizes the image of her poor and suffering founder.”

213

The People

206 Cf.

Mt

5:13-16.

207

LG

9 § 2.

208 Cf. John Paul II,

RH

18-21.

209

LG

10; cf.

Heb

5:1-5;

Rev

1:6.

210

LG

12; cf.

Jude

3.

211 Cf.

Jn

12:32.

212

Mt

20:28.

213

LG

8; cf. 36.

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