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God Reveals Himself

Proverbs 8:22-31 personifies Wisdom as begotten from God before all ages. Wisdom was one with God when he created the universe and established his wondrous order. This text foreshadows the later revelation of a plurality of divine Persons in the Godhead. Wisdom, literally the Word of God, will become incarnate in Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1-5 speaks of the experience of the Trinity by early Christians. Faith in Jesus Christ has justified them before God the Father. Jesus has sent the Holy Spirit upon them so that divine love now flows through human hearts. We are literally invited into the inner divine and Trinitarian life. The Gospel has Jesus assuring his disciples that the Holy Spirit will make the significance of his mission and teaching clear to them. Something of the intimacy in the Trinity is hinted when Jesus says, “All that the Father has belongs to me” (John 16:15). The Spirit will draw them into this intimacy and saving truth.

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3 Responses

  1. While it takes us afield from the post topic, I will say just a little here about the Book of Revelation. Yes, it is regarded as apocalyptic literature although the author uses symbols and images of his own day. It does indeed speak about the last things and the final consummation; but, it also reflects the trials then facing Christians by the authorities, notably Rome.

    Pope Benedict XVI would stress that it should not be approached as a frightening vision of the end but as a book of hope about Christ’s final victory over evil.

  2. Dear Fr Joe,
    I more or less stumbled across this site, and am begining to be impressed by your wisdom and conviction and really wanted to seek knowledge of the book of Revelation, and although this topic may well be about God revealing Himself, just what exactly is The Book of Revelation all about………or must I seek elsewhere. My Parish Priest and many other Catholic members seem to be bemused at best and yet the “Church of the Doomsday Antagonists” seem to be absolutely certain in their interpretation.
    From Paul

  3. In a college course, called Christian tradition, it was taught that the immediate followers of Christ were flawed as to his teachings, and life story. i, believing this false, spoke up saying it was in the bible, “I will bring all thing to your remembrance”, and added i suppose by the Spirit. The instructor was silent, and moved on. Our master taught ” the Spirit testifieth of me(Christ)”

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