The Profession of Faith
believe absolutely what he says. It would be futile and false to place
such faith in a creature.
To believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God
For a Christian, believing in God cannot be separated from
believing in the One he sent, his “beloved Son,” in whom the Father
is “well pleased”; God tells us to listen to him.
The Lord himself
said to his disciples: “Believe in God, believe also in me.”
believe in Jesus Christ because he is himself God, the Word made
flesh: “No one has ever seen God; the only Son, who is in the bosom
of the Father, he has made him known.”
Because he “has seen the
Father,” Jesus Christ is the only one who knows him and can reveal
To believe in the Holy Spirit
One cannot believe in Jesus Christ without sharing in his
Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit who reveals to men who Jesus is. For “no
one can say ‘Jesus is Lord,’ except by the Holy Spirit,”
“searches everything, even the depths of God. . . . No one compre-
hends the thoughts of God, except the Spirit of God.”
knows God completely: we believe
the Holy Spirit because he is
The Church never ceases to proclaim her faith in one only God:
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Faith is a grace
When St. Peter confessed that Jesus is the Christ, the Son
of the living God, Jesus declared to him that this revelation did not
come “from flesh and blood,” but from “my Father who is in
Faith is a gift of God, a supernatural virtue infused by him.
Before this faith can be exercised, man must have the grace of God
1:11; cf. 9:7.