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The Profession of Faith

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There will be no further Revelation

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“The Christian economy, therefore, since it is the new and

definitive Covenant, will never pass away; and no new public

revelation is to be expected before the glorious manifestation of our

Lord Jesus Christ.”

28

Yet even if Revelation is already complete, it

has not been made completely explicit; it remains for Christian

faith gradually to grasp its full significance over the course of the

centuries.

67

Throughout the ages, there have been so-called “private” revela­

tions, some of which have been recognized by the authority of the Church.

They do not belong, however, to the deposit of faith. It is not their role to

improve or complete Christ’s definitive Revelation, but to help live more

fully by it in a certain period of history. Guided by the magisterium of the

Church, the

sensus fidelium

knows how to discern and welcome in these

revelations whatever constitutes an authentic call of Christ or his saints to

the Church.

Christian faith cannot accept “revelations” that claim to surpass

or correct the Revelation of which Christ is the fulfillment, as is the case in

certain non-Christian religions and also in certain recent sects which base

themselves on such “revelations.”

IN BRIEF

68

By love, God has revealed himself and given himself

to man. He has thus provided the definitive, super-

abundant answer to the questions that man asks him-

self about the meaning and purpose of his life.

69

God has revealed himself to man by gradually com-

municating his own mystery in deeds and in words.

70

Beyond the witness to himself that God gives in cre-

ated things, he manifested himself to our first parents,

spoke to them and, after the fall, promised them sal-

vation (cf.

Gen

3:15) and offered them his covenant.

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God made an everlasting covenant with Noah and

with all living beings (cf.

Gen

9:16). It will remain in

force as long as the world lasts.

72

God chose Abraham and made a covenant with him

and his descendants. By the covenant God formed his

people and revealed his law to them through Moses.

28

DV

4; cf.

1 Tim

6:14;

Titus

2:13.

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