1.1.4 God reveals Himself in the time of the church

With the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Jerusalem on Pentecost, God revealed Himself to mankind as the Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

In addition to the revelations of God attested in Holy Scripture in ancient times, there are also insights of the Holy Spirit in recent times, which are imparted to the church of Christ through the Apostle ministry. The deeper insights into His plan of salvation, which are provided by the Holy Spirit, serve as a reference to the unique self-revelation of God in Jesus Christ, to maintain awareness of it, and to point to Christ's return.

The revelation of the Holy Spirit makes it clear that the fundamental renewal of mankind and the creation has become possible. In human beings this occurs through the sacraments. At the end of time, heaven and the earth will also be newly created.

SUMMARY

God reveals Himself in various ways in nature and history, such that nature is always to be recognised as His creation and history as the history of salvation. (1)

On their own, human beings cannot perceive God's being and nature or His reign and will. (1.1)

Revelation is a declaration of divine nature, divine truth, and divine will, and is a sign of God's love and care for mankind. (1.1)

Self-revelation means that God makes Himself known as the Creator, the Deliverer of Israel, the Reconciler of mankind, and the Maker of the new creation. (1.1)

The self-revelation of God in the visible creation is accessible to all human beings, however, it can only be properly recognised in faith. (1.1.1)

It is only through the self-revelation of God in history–that is to say through His word addressed to mankind–that the nature and will of God can truly be recognised. (1.1.1)

God revealed Himself in the history of Israel, as attested in the Old Testament. The principal event of salvation for the people of Israel was their liberation from slavery in Egypt. In addition, God revealed Himself through His prophets. (1.1.2)

The incarnation of God in Jesus Christ is the historical self-revelation of God which surpasses everything before it. (1.1.3)

With the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, God revealed Himself in His Trinity as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (1.1.4)

In addition to the revelations of God attested in Holy Scripture in ancient times, there are also insights of the Holy Spirit in recent times which are imparted through the Apostle ministry. (1.1.4)

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