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Part One

Through the prophets, he prepared them to accept the

salvation destined for all humanity.

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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.

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rticle

2

THE TRANSMISSION OF DIVINE REVELATION

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God “desires all men to be saved and to come to the

knowledge of the truth”:

29

that is, of Christ Jesus.

30

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-

erations.

31

I.

T

he

A

postolic

T

radition

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“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.”

32

In the apostolic preaching . . .

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In keeping with the Lord’s command, the Gospel was

handed on in two ways:

orally

“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

29

1 Tim

2:4.

30 Cf.

Jn

14:6.

31

DV

7; cf.

2 Cor

1:20; 3:16-4:6.

32

DV

7; cf.

Mt

28:19-20;

Mk

16:15.

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