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September 17, 2010

CCC 50-73

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God Seeks Man

  1. God has chosen to reveal himself and his plan, not through reason, but through Christ and the Holy Spirit.

God Reveals His Plan

  1. It pleases God to share divinity with man through the Trinity. [Eph 1:9, 2:18; 2 Pt 1:4]
  2. God, otherwise unapproachable, wishes to adopt man that he may know and love God. [1 Tim 6:16; Eph 1:4-5]
  3. Pedagogy: Divinely instructing his children, God communicates to man gradually, in stages.

Stages

  1. God is evident in creation, including in man. [Jn 1:3; Rom 1:19-20]
  2. Despite sin, God continues to seek a covenant relationship with man. [Gn 3:15; Rom 2:6-7]
  3. As with Noah, the focus of divine economy is on nations. [Gn 9:9-10,16 & 10:5,20-31]
  4. Division into nations limits prideful, ambitious unity. [Acts 17:26-27; Dt 4:19; Dt (LXX) 32:8; Wis 10:5; Gen 11:4-6], but this economy is threatened by sin (polytheism, idolatry of the nation/rulers, paganism). [Rom 1:18-25]
  5. The covenant with Noah remains in effect [Gen 9:16; Lk 21:24] and sanctity under that covenant is possible [Gen 14:18; Heb 7:3; Ezek 14:14] for Gentiles waiting for Christ [Jn 11:52].
  6. Abram had to leave his father’s house [Gen 12:1] to become a father of nations [Gn 17:5; Gn12:3 (LXX); Gal 3:8].
  7. His descendents will always be the chosen people. [Rom 11 esp. 17-18, 24, 28; Jn 11:52; Jn 10:16]
  8. Some Old Teastament figures are honored as saints.
  9. God freed Israel and provided the law through Moses. They were to await the savior.
  10. They are the priestly people of God who heard his word first. [Dt 28: 10; Ex 19:6]
  11. God formed a hopeful people through the prophets [Is 2:2-4; Jer 31:31-34; Heb 10:16] who proclaimed redemption, purification, and salvation [Ezek 36; Is 49:5-6; Is 53:11]. This hope was perpetuated by the poor and humble, especially the holy women. [Ezek 2:3; Lk 1:38]

Mediator & Fullness of Revelation

  1. Jesus is God’s one perfect word. [Heb 1:1-2]
  2. There will be no more public revelation until Christ comes again. [I Tim 6:14; Titus 2:13]
  3. Private revelations, even if found authentic and beneficial, are not part of the deposit of faith.

IN BRIEF

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* IN BRIEF sections are materially the same as the preceding paragraphs and are generally omitted from these notes.


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