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CATHOLIC DOORS MINISTRY
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KNOWING GOD
Chapter VI
"Knowing God."


Now, let us return to the question that has been on everyone's mind since the beginning of this book. In accordance with the inspired Word of God that is found in Romans 1:20, can the Divine nature of God, though invisible it is, be understood and seen through the things that He has created? Yes!

IMAGES OF GOD

When God the Father gave the Ten Commandments to Moses, He forbid that any images be made of Him because He had not revealed Himself physically as of yet. Having revealed Himself through Jesus Christ, it is now permitted to make images of Jesus because in Him dwelled the fullness of God, [Col 1:19, 2:9] including God the Father and the Holy Spirit. To make any images of God the Father and the Holy Spirit other than in the image of Jesus who is the image of the Father is to oppose the Commandment of God.

"I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me. You SHALL NOT make for yourself an idol, whether in the FORM OF ANYTHING that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. YOU SHALL NOT BOW DOWN TO THEM OR WORSHIP THEM; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject Me." [Ex. 20:1-5] (Cat. # 2083-6)

To worship anyone other than the One and only true God who fully dwells in Jesus Christ is to worship a false god, this being no different then the practice of pagans who worship idols, images of their lifeless gods. To do so is to reject the fullness of Jesus in who dwells God the Father and the Holy Spirit. It is to reject God the Father Himself! It is to reject the Holy Spirit Himself. It is a denial of the incarnation of God in Jesus!

SHARING IN THE DIVINE NATURE THROUGH JESUS

For those who seek to share in the Divine nature of God through a daily personal relationship with the Father, the Holy Spirit or the Holy Trinity, such can only be successfully achieved through Jesus Christ Himself in who dwells the fullness of God. It is through Jesus that we get to know God the Father and the Holy Spirit who dwell bodily in Him.

"It pleased God, in his goodness and wisdom, to reveal himself and to make known the mystery of his will. His will was that men should have access to the Father, through Christ, the Word made flesh, in the Holy Spirit, and thus become sharers in the divine nature." (CCC. # 51; DV 2; cf. Eph. 1:9; 2:18; 2 Pet. 1:4.2)

"Being a work at once common and personal, the whole divine economy makes known both what is proper to the divine persons, and their one divine nature. Hence the whole Christian life is a communion with each of the divine persons, without in any way separating them. Everyone who glorifies the Father does so through the Son in the Holy Spirit; everyone who follows Christ does so because the Father draws him and the Spirit moves him." [Cf. Jn 6:44; Rom 8:14.] (Cat. # 259)

"Our moral life has its source in faith in God who reveals his love to us. St. Paul speaks of the 'obedience of faith' as our first obligation. He shows that 'ignorance of God' is the principle and explanation of all moral deviations. [Rom. 1:18-32] Our duty toward God is to believe in him and to bear witness to him." (Cat. # 2087)

Jesus said,

"I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you know Me, you will know My Father also. From now on you do know Him and have seen Him." [Jn. 14:6-7]

This means that in order for us to know God the Father, we can only achieve this spiritual goal by the grace of the Father and the power of the Holy Spirit by walking in the truth through Jesus Christ Himself.

The Holy Catholic Church has always recognized this truth as is seen from its Sacred Traditions in the administration of the Sacraments. When the faithful are baptized, they are not baptized in the Name of the Father or the Holy Spirit alone. No one is blessed in the Name of the Father or the Holy Spirit alone. No one is forgiven of their sins in the Name of the Father or the Holy Spirit alone. In all the Church Sacraments, the Father and the Holy Spirit cannot be separated from the Son. The Sacraments are administered in the one NAME of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, not in the NAMES of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

"Grace is a participation in the life of God. It introduces us into the intimacy of Trinitarian life: by Baptism the Christian participates in the grace of Christ, the Head of his Body. As an "adopted son" he can henceforth call God "Father," in union with the only Son. He receives the life of the Spirit who breathes charity into him and who forms the Church." (CCC. # 1997)

"God our Saviour desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." [1 Tim 2:3-4] "There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved" [Acts 4:12] - than the name of JESUS.

THE PROMISE OF GOD THE FATHER

Over two thousands years ago, God said,

"See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight - indeed, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts" [Mal. 3:1]

In these Sacred Words, God announced that John the Baptist was preparing the way before "ME" and "THE LORD WHOM YOU SEEK." The reference to both, "Me" and "The Lord" is to the incarnation of God the Father who dwells in Jesus Christ, both being One God.

KNOWING GOD

By knowing Jesus, we mature in our spiritual lives so, through Christ, we can come to the fullness of the knowledge of God as God knows Himself.

"All of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ." [Eph. 4:13]

For those who refuse to acknowledge the truth, they will never know God as He knows Himself and as the Son has revealed the Father and the Holy Spirit to the world.

"In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God." [2 Cor. 4:4]

CONCLUSION

The Holy Catholic Church has always defined the threefold Divine Presences of the Blessed Trinity in the order of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. But, in preparation for the celebration of Jubilee 2,000 in recognition of the Holy Trinity in the new millennium, a different order was applied, the Son, the Holy Spirit and the Father. To this writer, it appears as if there is a reason why in these days, the Holy Catholic Church was inspired to apply a different order of succession. For this is the progressive order in which the mystery of the Trinity can be explained as shown in this book for the human mind to be able to perceive God as He knows Himself.

First, it is necessary to know Jesus. To know Jesus, we must understand the creation of man. Once we understand the creation of man, we perceive that in Jesus, there was a body, a Spirit and a Soul. This is of utmost importance.

Secondly, it is necessary to know the Holy Spirit. To know the Spirit of God, we must define the word "spirit." Once we understand the meaning of the word 'spirit,' we begin to see the association between God and man, man being created in the image of God.

As the spirit of man is in the image of man's physical body, the Spirit of God is in the image of Jesus who is the image of the Father.

Thirdly, it becomes necessary to know God the Father. To know God the Father, we have to define the meaning of the word "soul." We have to seek an understanding of how God the Father could be the Soul of Jesus and of the Holy Spirit while each Divine Presence continues to enjoy life in Himself apart from one another.

Through the grace of God and the Holy Spirit guiding us towards certain Bible passages and the understanding of the gift of bilocation, we then begin to truly understand Jesus. Knowing Jesus is knowing the Holy Trinity! Knowing Jesus is knowing God the Father! Knowing Jesus is knowing the Holy Spirit! They are inseparable for they are One!

Once we perceive who Jesus truly is as the Apostle Thomas did when he said, "My Lord, my God!", then we come to the knowledge, understanding and wisdom of the truth that there is no greater Feast than of the Most Holy Name of Jesus. For Jesus is God manifested in the fullness of the Holy Trinity.

Once we are spiritually enriched with this knowledge and understanding, we perceive that when the Blessed Virgin Mary carried the child Jesus, she was carrying God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Blessed Virgin Mary was truly the Mother of God.

When Jesus walked among men, His Divine Presence included God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. And when Jesus died on the cross for the sins of the world, it was the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit who suffered the Passion. (Note: During the suffering of the Passion, the Father and Holy Spirit are excluded from the death of Jesus Christ.)

Through the death of Christ, all Three Divine Presences of the Holy Trinity were physically removed off the face of the earth. The Father who was physically present in Jesus was suddenly left with the lifeless Body of His beloved Son Jesus. The Father could no longer dwell in Jesus because the world had rejected Him as they had rejected His beloved Son. The Holy Spirit, also rejected by the world, departed from the physical body of Jesus until the moment of the glorious Resurrection, when the lifeless body of Jesus was once more given life.

Knowing God through Jesus opens the eyes of the faithful. It unravels the mysteries of God. It opens the many hidden secrets within the Sacred Scriptures. Most impressing, when reviewing many of the writings of the Church Councils, the Catechism of the Holy Catholic Church, Encyclical Letters of the Popes and many other Church documents, one comes to the realization that the Holy Spirit was truly inspiring each and every word because none of them erred from the truth. None of them opposed what is written in this book. As such, each of these inspired writings confirm by their words that what is contained in this book is truthful and inspired by God.

Most impressing of all, if no human error can be found in this book by the theologians of the Holy Catholic Church, then we must accept that in the progressive understanding of the Revelations of Jesus, the age of the new Pentecost has arrived. In this new age of spiritual enlightment, God has chosen to be known in His fullness through the Most Holy Name of Jesus.

Accordingly, we must accept in the Spirit of Truth that God has finally given mankind the means of demystifying the Holy Trinity so the world can begin to know the image of God as He knows Himself.

May we be thankful to God forever for this grace that surpasses all the graces receives throughout the ages since the days of Jesus on earth.



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