“Eternal life is this: to know you, the only true
God, and him whom you have sent, Jesus Christ.”
FRIENDSHIP BEGINS WITH ONE
It is impossible to love or to have a
relationship with someone who is
Introducing one’s self to another is
basic in initiating friendship. This
introduction should be sustained
by constant communication
through which the unfolding of self
God, in his desire to enter into a
loving relationship with humanity,
took the initiative of introducing
himself to us, and of communicating
with us both through natural and
GOD’S DISCLOSURE OF HIMSELF IS CALLED:
“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
THE LIMITATION OF HUMAN REASON:
The fact that natural reason can prove
God’s existence is in itself revelation.
But while human reason can tell us that
God exists, it cannot tell us WHO GOD IS.
In order for us to know who God is,
we have to pay attention to the
different avenues by which God
communicates with us.
Rev. Fr. Ian Knox, C.S.Sp.
“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament
proclaims His handiwork” Psalm 19:1
The beauty of nature awakens our religious
sense. Realizing that we cannot be
responsible for the grandeur of creation,
we end up concluding: there must be a
God who is the cause of everything.
CREATION IS THE FIRST ACT OF
“Ever since the creation of the world, his eternal power and
divine nature, invisible though they are, have been
understood and seen through the things he has made.”
For history to be revelatory, we have to learn
looking at history with the eyes of faith.
We have to realize that God is not merely
watching us from a distance. Rather, he is
actively involved in the story of our lives,
both as individuals and as a people.
Even the most secular historical events,
when seen with faith, become evidences of
God’s divine plan gradually unfolding
Historians enable us to remember significant
events. The PROPHETS of God, both ancient and
modern, help us to see historical events with God’s
While prophets may tell future events, prediction of
the future is just incidental to prophecy. The main
task of a prophet is to convey the message of God
by interpreting the SIGNS OF THE TIMES.
The meaning of historical events as revealed by
God through the prophets are at times unpalatable.
Often, prophets speak the uncomfortable truth,
hence they are often persecuted.
“No one has ever seen God, but the only Son, who is the
same as God, made Him known…” John 1: 18
“In times past God spoke in varied ways to our fathers
through the prophets; in this, the final age, He has
spoken to us through His Son” Hebrews 1:1-2
JESUS CHRIST IS THE FULLNESS OF
By becoming man like us, he revealed to us everything
we need to know about God, using a language that we
can understand and relate to.
“As goal, Jesus is ‘the key, the center and the purpose
of the whole of man’s history’ (GS 10), in whose image
we all are to be conformed (cf. Rom 8:29).”
“But Christ is not only the goal of God’s revelation, He is also its
content, the Revealed One. In himself, Jesus reveals both God
and ourselves. ‘Christ, the new Adam, in the very revelation of the
mystery of the Father and of His love, fully reveals man to himself
and brings to light his most high calling’ (GS 22).”
“Christ is revealer through his part in creation, through his
becoming man, through his hidden and public life, and
especially through his passion, death and resurrection. After
his resurrection, the Risen Christ continues his revelation by
sending us his Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth (cf. DV 4).”
CFC nos. 77-79
“God speaks to us in and through the life of
the church. God speaks to us through the
lives of holy people who have evidently taken
Jesus’ message to heart and serve as an
example to all. As we participate in the life of
the church, we participate in revelation. We
believe that Jesus is still speaking and acting
through the church, that is through us and our
participation in the life of the community. We
believe that we as a church, continue Jesus’
preaching and mission to the world.”
Fr. Ian Knox
THEOLOGY FOR TEACHERS,p.88
GOD’S REVELATION IS CONTAINED IN:
God, the one and only source of revelation, so willed that his revelation
be transmitted to us through two modes: Sacred Scriptures and Sacred
Tradition, two phases of the same revelation forming one sacred deposit
of the word of God entrusted to the Church
OUR RESPONSE TO REVELATION IS
Many of the truths revealed by God to us are beyond the power of our
human comprehension. Yet because we believe that God, who is all
good "cannot deceive nor be deceived” we say “AMEN” even to things
we do not fully understand.
ACT OF FAITH
O MY GOD, I FIRMLY BELIEVE
ALL THE TRUTHS WHICH
THE HOLY CATHOLIC CHURCH TEACHES
BECAUSE YOU HAVE REVEALED THEM
WHO NEVER DECEIVE,
NOR CAN BE DECEIVED.
Fr. Ian Knox, C.S. Sp.
THEOLOGY FOR TEACHERS
Ottawa: Novalis Press, 1994
Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines ECCCE
CATECHISM FOR FILIPINO CATHOLICS
Makati: Word and Life Publications, 1997
Erlinda Bragado and Arnold Monera
KALOOB: Interweavings on the Christian Story
Manila: De La Salle University Press, 1998
Seatwork: ½ crosswise
1.What are the reasons for
studying the Bible?
2.Write your chosen bible verse.