Spirit is not fully “understood except by the Spirit’s
action” (cf. Origen,
Hom. in Ex.
4, 5: PG 12, 320).
The Church accepts and venerates as inspired the 46
books of the Old Testament and the 27 books of the
The four Gospels occupy a central place because
Christ Jesus is their center.
The unity of the two Testaments proceeds from the
unity of God’s plan and his Revelation. The Old Tes-
tament prepares for the New and the New Testament
fulfills the Old; the two shed light on each other; both
are true Word of God.
“The Church has always venerated the divine Scrip-
tures as she venerated the Body of the Lord” (
both nourish and govern the whole Christian life.
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my