Through the prophets, he prepared them to accept the
salvation destined for all humanity.
God has revealed himself fully by sending his own
Son, in whom he has established his covenant for ever.
The Son is his Father’s definitive Word; so there will
be no further Revelation after him.
THE TRANSMISSION OF DIVINE REVELATION
God “desires all men to be saved and to come to the
knowledge of the truth”:
that is, of Christ Jesus.
Christ must be
proclaimed to all nations and individuals, so that this revelation
may reach to the ends of the earth:
God graciously arranged that the things he had once re-
vealed for the salvation of all peoples should remain in their
entirety, throughout the ages, and be transmitted to all gen-
“Christ the Lord, in whom the entire Revelation of the
most high God is summed up, commanded the apostles to preach
the Gospel, which had been promised beforehand by the prophets,
and which he fulfilled in his own person and promulgated with his
own lips. In preaching the Gospel, they were to communicate the
gifts of God to all men. This Gospel was to be the source of all
saving truth and moral discipline.”
In the apostolic preaching . . .
In keeping with the Lord’s command, the Gospel was
handed on in two ways:
“by the apostles who handed on, by the spoken word of
their preaching, by the example they gave, by the institutions they
established, what they themselves had received—whether from the