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Lesson 1- God’s Revelation in the Scriptures.pptx

  1. 1. God Reveals Himself in the Scriptures
  2. 2. The second way God reveals Himself to us is in Sacred Scriptures through Salvation History
  3. 3. In the Old Testament, God revealed Himself through biblical signs made up of both deeds and words.
  4. 4. •He made covenants with Noah, with Abraham, and with Moses.
  5. 5. •He performed great works for His Chosen People, and proclaimed their saving power and truth through the prophets’ words (cf. DV 2; CCC 56-64).
  6. 6. Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi
  7. 7. Today, through His inspired word in the Old Testament, God still reveals Himself to us, and inspires us to respond to His covenant.
  8. 8. In the New Testament God gave his son Jesus to save us all.
  9. 9. (cf. Jn 3:16; Gal 4:4; Heb 4:15; CCC 65).
  10. 10. Jesus Christ “completed and perfected God’s revelation by words and works, signs and miracles, but above all by his death and glorious resurrection from the dead” (DV 4).
  11. 11. What composes the Sacred Scripture? The Canon of Scripture is the comprehensive list of the sacred writings – called books – which the Church has actually identified with Apostolic Tradition.
  12. 12. The Bible is divided into two sections:
  13. 13. Old Testament •demonstrate to the magnificent showing of God’s boundless, saving love • are composed, most of all, to prepare for the coming of Christ the Savior of the world.
  14. 14. New Testament • primary focus of the New Testament is Jesus Christ – the Son of GOD. • communicates to us the ultimate truth of divine Revelation.
  15. 15. New Testament •Within the New Testament the four Gospels of Mathew, Mark, Luke and John are the heart of all the Scriptures since they are the ultimate witness to the life and also teaching of Jesus Christ.
  16. 16. How does God reveal Himself in the Scriptures?
  17. 17. In the Old Testament God had made Himself known by forming Covenants with good men and preaching His word through prophets. God’s wisdom and love is shared by these people. Through these people works and efforts God’s name was known and shared to all people.
  18. 18. The Covenant with Noah
  19. 19. "Noah, Daniel, and Job. Scripture thus expresses the heights of sanctity that can be reached by those who live according to the covenant of Noah, waiting for Christ to “gather into one the children of God who are scattered abroad."
  20. 20. God chooses Abraham
  21. 21. •In order to gather together scattered humanity God calls Abram from his country, his kindred, and his father's house, and makes him Abraham, that is, "the father of a multitude of nations."
  22. 22. The people descended from Abraham would be the trustees of the promise made to the patriarchs, the chosen people, called to prepare for that day when God would gather all his children into the unity of the Church.
  23. 23. Israel is the priestly people of God, "called by the name of the LORD," and "the first to hear the word of God, "the people of "elder brethren" in the faith of Abraham.
  24. 24. Through the prophets, God forms his people in the hope of salvation, in the expectation of a new and everlasting Covenant intended for all, to be written on their hearts.
  25. 25. The Old Testament is full of promises made by God to His people, while in the New Testament all of these promises were answered because of Jesus Christ.
  26. 26. •What is “Revelation”? Revelation is God’s personal loving communication to us of who He is and His plan to save us all in His love. It is God’s reaching out to us in friendship, so we get to know and love Him.
  27. 27. How does God reveal Himself? •Creating us and everything we see, hear and touch from the beginning till now [natural signs];
  28. 28. How does God reveal Himself? • His words and deeds in Sacred Scripture’s record of salvation history, completed and perfected in His Son-made-man, Jesus Christ [Biblical signs];
  29. 29. How does God reveal Himself? •His continuing presence by the Holy Spirit in His people, the Church; [ecclesial signs]; • The prayer and sacramental worship, doctrine, and moral service of the Church; [liturgical signs];
  30. 30. How does God reveal Himself? •His interior presence (Grace) in our conscience and in all the events of our daily lives, world events, recognized in the “signs of the times.”
  31. 31. •“God wants all men to be saved and come to know the truth” (1 Tim 2:4), and in ways both hidden and clear, calls all to Christ, who is the goal, the object, and the agent of God’s Self-revelation, and “the real light which enlightens every man” (Jn 1:9). To whom does God reveal Himself?
  32. 32. How are we to understand God’s inspired Word in Scripture? Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Scripture grew from the life, worship and teaching of the early Church. So the Church is its authentic interpreter, under the active help of the same Holy Spirit.
  33. 33. How important is Sacred Scripture in our daily lives? • God continues to speak to us personally through His inspired Word in Scripture, thereby • helping us to understand the true meaning of the daily happenings in our lives,
  34. 34. How important is Sacred Scripture in our daily lives? • guiding our moral behavior toward authentic freedom and loving service of others, and • drawing us into prayerful union with Christ, our Way, our Truth and our Life, in his Church.

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