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The Profession of Faith

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believe absolutely what he says. It would be futile and false to place

such faith in a creature.

17

To believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God

151

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.

18

The Lord himself

said to his disciples: “Believe in God, believe also in me.”

19

We can

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.”

20

Because he “has seen the

Father,” Jesus Christ is the only one who knows him and can reveal

him.

21

To believe in the Holy Spirit

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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,”

22

who

“searches everything, even the depths of God. . . . No one compre-

hends the thoughts of God, except the Spirit of God.”

23

Only God

knows God completely: we believe

in

the Holy Spirit because he is

God.

The Church never ceases to proclaim her faith in one only God:

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

III.

T

he

C

haracteristics of

F

aith

Faith is a grace

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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

heaven.”

24

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

17 Cf.

Jer

17:5-6;

Ps

40:5; 146:3-4.

18

Mk

1:11; cf. 9:7.

19

Jn

14:1.

20

Jn

1:18.

21

Jn

6:46; cf.

Mt

11:27.

22

1 Cor

12:3.

23

1 Cor

2:10-11.

24

Mt

16:17; cf.

Gal

1:15;

Mt

11:25.

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