Catechism of the Catholic Church

24 Part One Through the prophets, he prepared them to accept the salvation destined for all humanity. 73 God has revealed himself fully by sending his own Son, in whom he has established his covenant for ever. The Son is his Father’s definitive Word; so there will be no further Revelation after him. A rticle 2 THE TRANSMISSION OF DIVINE REVELATION 74 God “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth”: 29 that is, of Christ Jesus. 30 Christ must be proclaimed to all nations and individuals, so that this revelation may reach to the ends of the earth: God graciously arranged that the things he had once re- vealed for the salvation of all peoples should remain in their entirety, throughout the ages, and be transmitted to all gen- erations. 31 I. T he A postolic T radition 75 “Christ the Lord, in whom the entire Revelation of the most high God is summed up, commanded the apostles to preach the Gospel, which had been promised beforehand by the prophets, and which he fulfilled in his own person and promulgated with his own lips. In preaching the Gospel, they were to communicate the gifts of God to all men. This Gospel was to be the source of all saving truth and moral discipline.” 32 In the apostolic preaching . . . 76 In keeping with the Lord’s command, the Gospel was handed on in two ways: — orally “by the apostles who handed on, by the spoken word of their preaching, by the example they gave, by the institutions they established, what they themselves had received—whether from the 29 1 Tim 2:4. 30 Cf. Jn 14:6. 31 DV 7; cf. 2 Cor 1:20; 3:16-4:6. 32 DV 7; cf. Mt 28:19-20; Mk 16:15. 851 171