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PART THREE

LIFE IN CHRIST

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“Christian, recognize your dignity and, now that you

share in God’s own nature, do not return to your former base

condition by sinning. Remember who is your head and of whose

body you are a member. Never forget that you have been rescued

from the power of darkness and brought into the light of the

Kingdom of God.”

1

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The Symbol of the faith confesses the greatness of God’s

gifts to man in his work of creation, and even more in redemption

and sanctification. What faith confesses, the sacraments commu-

nicate: by the sacraments of rebirth, Christians have become “chil-

dren of God,”

2

“partakers of the divine nature.”

3

Coming to see in

the faith their new dignity, Christians are called to lead henceforth

a life “worthy of the gospel of Christ.”

4

They are made capable of

doing so by the grace of Christ and the gifts of his Spirit, which they

receive through the sacraments and through prayer.

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Christ Jesus always did what was pleasing to the

Father,

5

and always lived in perfect communion with him. Likewise

Christ’s disciples are invited to live in the sight of the Father “who

sees in secret,”

6

in order to become “perfect as your heavenly

Father is perfect.”

7

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Incorporated into

Christ

by Baptism, Christians are “dead

to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus” and so participate in the life

of the Risen Lord.

8

Following Christ and united with him,

9

Chris-

1 St. Leo the Great,

Sermo 21 in nat. Dom.,

3: PL 54, 192C.

2

Jn

1:12;

1 Jn

3:1.

3

2 Pet

1:4.

4

Phil

1:27.

5 Cf.

Jn

8:29.

6

Mt

6:6.

7

Mt

5:48.

8

Rom

6:11 and cf. 6:5; cf.

Col

2:12.

9 Cf.

Jn

15:5.

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