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Skip to comments.The Baltimore Catechism: Part One: The Creed, The Incarnation
Posted on 02/25/2013 7:52:22 PM PST by Salvation
Lesson 7 from the Baltimore Cathechism
"I believe ... in Jesus Christ, His only Son, Our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost (Spirit), born of the Virgin Mary ..."
God did not abandon man after Adam fell into sin, but promised to send into the world a Saviour to free man from his sins and to reopen to him the gates of heaven.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him may not perish, but may have life everlasting. (John 3:16)
The Saviour of all men is Jesus Christ.
For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, himself man, Christ Jesus, who gave himself a ransom for all, bearing witness in his own time. (I Timothy 2:5-6)
The chief teaching of the Catholic Church about Jesus Christ is that He is God made man.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1)
Jesus Christ is God, because He is the only Son of God, having the same Divine nature as His Father.
And the high priest said to him, "I adjure thee by the living God that thou tell us whether thou art the Christ, the Son of God." Jesus said to him, "Thou has said it." (Matthew 26:63)
Jesus Christ is man, because He is the son of the Blessed Virgin Mary and has a body and soul like ours.
No, Jesus Christ is only one Person; and that Person is the second Person of the Blessed Trinity.
Jesus Christ has two natures: the nature of God and the nature of man.
The Son of God was not always man, but became man at the time of the Incarnation.
But when the fullness of time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, that he might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. (Galatians 4:4-5)
By the Incarnation is meant that the Son of God, retaining His Divine nature, took to Himself a human nature, that is, a body and soul like ours.
The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee; and therefore the Holy One to be born shall be called the Son of God. (Luke 1:35)
The Son of God was conceived and made man by the power of the Holy Ghost in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The Son of God was conceived and made man on Annunciation Day, the day on which the Angel Gabriel announced to the Blessed Virgin Mary that she was to be the Mother of God.
Jesus Christ had no human father, but Saint Joseph was the spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the guardian, or foster father, of Christ.
Christ was born of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Christmas Day, in Bethlehem, more than nineteen hundred years ago.
Jesus Christ lived on earth about thirty-three years.
Jesus Christ spent His childhood, youth and early manhood in the home of His mother Mary and His foster father Joseph, working as a carpenter in the village of Nazareth in Palestine; He spent His last years in the work of His public ministry.
In the course of His public ministry Jesus Christ gave us an example of great virtue, preached the message of salvation, proved the truth of His message through miracles and prophecies, and established the Church with its sacrifice and sacraments for the salvation of men until the end of time.
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