The Profession of Faith
There will be no further Revelation
“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.”
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
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
knows how to discern and welcome in these
revelations whatever constitutes an authentic call of Christ or his saints to
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.”
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.
God has revealed himself to man by gradually com-
municating his own mystery in deeds and in words.
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-
3:15) and offered them his covenant.
God made an everlasting covenant with Noah and
with all living beings (cf.
9:16). It will remain in
force as long as the world lasts.
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.