Divine Revelation

Divine Revelation

God loves man and wants every person to spend eternity with Him, so from the beginning of time He has shown Himself so that man can know Him and his plan.

Through the Old Testament prophets Gods glory, his hidden nature, and his plan are revealed in his creation, his actions, and his word.

The New Testament shows how Jesus revealed who God is and how He established a Church to protect and share divine revelation.

God continues to speak through the Holy Spirit who protects and guides the Church in all truth.

Through the Bible, Sacred Tradition, and the Magisterium of the Catholic Church, God’s revelation is protected and passed down to all generations.

God stoops down and comes to meet man:

God removes the veil:

By natural reason man can know God with certainty, on the basis of his works. But there is another order of knowledge, which man cannot possibly arrive at by his own powers: the order of divine Revelation. Through an utterly free decision, God has revealed Himself and given Himself to man. This He does by revealing the mystery, his plan of loving goodness, formed from all eternity in Christ, for the benefit of all men. God has fully revealed this plan by sending us his beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.

Catechism of the Catholic Church 50

God’s revelation is passed down through three sources:

What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we looked upon and touched with our hands concerns the Word of life — for the life was made visible; we have seen it and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was made visible to us — what we have seen and heard we proclaim now to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; for our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.

1 John 1: 1-3

God reveals Himself to his greatest creation:

Divine revelation allows man to know God more intimately:

In His goodness and wisdom God chose to reveal Himself and to make known to us the hidden purpose of his will by which through Christ, the Word made flesh, man might in the Holy Spirit have access to the Father and come to share in the divine nature. Through this revelation, therefore, the invisible God out of the abundance of his love speaks to men as friends and lives among them, so that He may invite and take them into fellowship with Himself. This plan of revelation is realized by deeds and words having an inner unity: the deeds wrought by God in the history of salvation manifest and confirm the teaching and realities signified by the words, while the words proclaim the deeds and clarify the mystery contained in them. By this revelation then, the deepest truth about God and the salvation of man shines out for our sake in Christ, who is both the mediator and the fullness of all revelation.

Pope Paul VI, Dei Verbum, November 18, 1965

God chooses how to reveal Himself and his plan:

God continues to reveal Himself:

Revealed in God’s providence and wisdom:

The Truth, Goodness, and Beauty of the Catholic Church

The ultimate journey:

Share this page with friends and family to start a conversation about your faith.

Don’t miss a post. Learn more about the Catholic Church and strengthen your Catholic faith.

Find more Fiercely Catholic video issues here.

Subscribe here.

Book a Fiercely Catholic program at your next conference, retreat, or other Catholic event.