Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Profession of Faith 41 believe absolutely what he says. It would be futile and false to place such faith in a creature. 17 To believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God 151 For a Christian, believing in God cannot be separated from believing in the One he sent, his “beloved Son,” in whom the Father is “well pleased”; God tells us to listen to him. 18 The Lord himself said to his disciples: “Believe in God, believe also in me.” 19 We can believe in Jesus Christ because he is himself God, the Word made flesh: “No one has ever seen God; the only Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has made him known.” 20 Because he “has seen the Father,” Jesus Christ is the only one who knows him and can reveal him. 21 To believe in the Holy Spirit 152 One cannot believe in Jesus Christ without sharing in his Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit who reveals to men who Jesus is. For “no one can say ‘Jesus is Lord,’ except by the Holy Spirit,” 22 who “searches everything, even the depths of God. . . . No one compre- hends the thoughts of God, except the Spirit of God.” 23 Only God knows God completely: we believe in the Holy Spirit because he is God. The Church never ceases to proclaim her faith in one only God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. III. T he C haracteristics of F aith Faith is a grace 153 When St. Peter confessed that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, Jesus declared to him that this revelation did not come “from flesh and blood,” but from “my Father who is in heaven.” 24 Faith is a gift of God, a supernatural virtue infused by him. “ Before this faith can be exercised, man must have the grace of God 17 Cf. Jer 17:5-6; Ps 40:5; 146:3-4. 18 Mk 1:11; cf. 9:7. 19 Jn 14:1. 20 Jn 1:18. 21 Jn 6:46; cf. Mt 11:27. 22 1 Cor 12:3. 23 1 Cor 2:10-11. 24 Mt 16:17; cf. Gal 1:15; Mt 11:25. 424 243, 683 232 552