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The Profession of Faith

21

unity as at Babel.

11

But, because of sin, both polytheism and the

idolatry of the nation and of its rulers constantly threaten this

provisional economy with the perversion of paganism.

12

58

The covenant with Noah remains in force during the times

of the Gentiles, until the universal proclamation of the Gospel.

13

The Bible venerates several great figures among the Gentiles: Abel

the just, the king-priest Melchizedek—a figure of Christ—and the

upright “Noah, Daniel, and Job.”

14

Scripture thus expresses the

heights of sanctity that can be reached by those who live according

to the covenant of Noah, waiting for Christ to “gather into one the

children of God who are scattered abroad.”

15

God chooses Abraham

59

In order to gather together scattered humanity God calls

Abram from his country, his kindred, and his father’s house,

16

and

makes himAbraham, that is, “the father of a multitude of nations.”

“In you all the nations of the earth shall be blessed.”

17

60

The people descended fromAbrahamwould be the trustees

of the promise made to the patriarchs, the chosen people, called to

prepare for that daywhen Godwould gather all his children into the

unity of theChurch.

18

Theywouldbe the root ontowhich theGentiles

would be grafted, once they came to believe.

19

61

The patriarchs, prophets, and certain other Old Testament

figures have been and always will be honored as saints in all the

Church’s liturgical traditions.

God forms his people Israel

62

After the patriarchs, God formed Israel as his people by

freeing them from slavery in Egypt. He established with them the

covenant of Mount Sinai and, through Moses, gave them his law

so that they would recognize him and serve him as the one living

11 Cf.

Wis

10:5;

Gen

11:4-6.

12 Cf

. Rom

1:18-25.

13 Cf.

Gen

9:16;

Lk

21:24;

DV

3.

14 Cf.

Gen

14:18;

Heb

7:3;

Ezek

14:14.

15

Jn

11:52.

16

Gen

12:1.

17

Gen

17:5; 12:3 (LXX); cf.

Gal

3:8.

18 Cf.

Rom

11:28;

Jn

11:52; 10:16.

19 Cf.

Rom

11:17-18, 24.

674

2569

145, 2570

760

762, 781

2060, 2574