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Old 11th July 2019, 03:36 PM
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III. Christ Jesus -- "Mediator and Fullness of All Revelation"25

God has said everything in his Word

65 "In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son."26 Christ, the Son of God made man, is the Father's one, perfect and unsurpassable Word. In him he has said everything; there will be no other word than this one. St. John of the Cross, among others, commented strikingly on Hebrews 1:1-2:

In giving us his Son, his only Word (for he possesses no other), he spoke everything to us at once in this sole Word - and he has no more to say. . . because what he spoke before to the prophets in parts, he has now spoken all at once by giving us the All Who is His Son. Any person questioning God or desiring some vision or revelation would be guilty not only of foolish behaviour but also of offending him, by not fixing his eyes entirely upon Christ and by living with the desire for some other novelty.27

God is still speaking to His Church but nothing is added to the Deposit of Faith, rather, the mysteries of our Faith are revealed more in depth. For our Lord Jesus Christ said:

{16:12} I still have many things to say to you, but you are not able to bear them now.
{16:13} But when the Spirit of truth has arrived, he will teach the whole truth to you. For he will not be speaking from himself. Instead, whatever he will hear, he will speak. And he will announce to you the things that are to come.

The teaching authority of the Church, the Magisterium, is God's servant and teaches us what God has revealed.

There will be no further Revelation

66 "The Christian economy, therefore, since it is the new and definitive Covenant, will never pass away; and no new public revelation is to be expected before the glorious manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ."28 Yet even if Revelation is already complete, it has not been made completely explicit; it remains for Christian faith gradually to grasp its full significance over the course of the centuries.

The Word of God was not always completely explicitly revealed to our early fathers for we, limited creatures, cannot grasp the mysteries of an infinite (Eternal) God.

Our Lord spoke often in Parables and said "Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear" (Matthew 11:15). This means that not everyone understood clearly what Jesus taught.

He also said:

{11:25} I acknowledge you, Father, Lord of Heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the prudent, and have revealed them to little ones.
{11:26} Yes, Father, for this was pleasing before you.

So we see that not all things are revealed to everyone, and not all explicitly at once.

67 Throughout the ages, there have been so-called "private" revelations, some of which have been recognized by the authority of the Church. They do not belong, however, to the deposit of faith. It is not their role to improve or complete Christ's definitive Revelation, but to help live more fully by it in a certain period of history. Guided by the Magisterium of the Church, the sensus fidelium knows how to discern and welcome in these revelations whatever constitutes an authentic call of Christ or his saints to the Church.

Private revelations are some apparitions (or revelations through different means such as locutions) of Jesus, our Blessed Mother, Angels or Saints from Heaven with messages to some members of the Church, but these revelations are not part of the Deposit of Faith. They are not in any way to usurp the authority of the Church. However, they are callings for a true conversion and subject to Church's approval. For our Lord gave authority to the Twelve Apostles (Matthew 10:1) (John 20:21-23), and since He said that He was going to be with them until the end of time (Matthew 28:20), this means the Apostles' successors as well.

The authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out and to cure every sickness and every infirmity (Matthew 10:1) also means authority to discern spirits and repel the evil/deceiving ones.

Beware of many false private revelations in the world today. For more information on this subject, see this page:

Christian faith cannot accept "revelations" that claim to surpass or correct the Revelation of which Christ is the fulfilment, as is the case in certain nonChristian religions and also in certain recent sects which base themselves on such "revelations".

Various religious sects have been formed based on such "revelations".
John 3:27; John 15:5; Matthew 19:26
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