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III.  The child of God


46.    Which is the most noble creature of God on the earth?

    The most noble creature of God on the earth is the human being.

47.   How is the love of God made manifest toward us?

    The love of God is made manifest toward us in that he raises us up from among the creatures and blesses us with spiritual gifts so that we can be his children and his collaborators.

   1 John 3,1a: See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.

48.   What are our god-given spiritual gifts?

    Our god-given spiritual gifts are as follows: faith, reason, free will, conscience and love.

49.  What is Faith?

    Faith is confidence in God, whereby we are able to create a childlike relationship with God, our providential Father.

   Hebrew 11,1: Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

    Romans 1,17b: He who through faith is righteous shall live.

50.   What is reason?

    Reason is that spiritual gift which help us to gather knowledge, to think and form opinions about God, ourselves, our neighbors and the world. In these activities reason in the lantern of faith as well.

   1 Corinthians 2,[9-]10: [But as it is written, "What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him,]  God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.

    Proverbs 20,27: The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord, searching all his innermost parts.

51.  What is free will?

    Free will is that spiritual gift by which we can decide freely for ourselves to follow the good and true, or the false and evil.

   Romans 8,15(a): For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the spirit of sonship.

    Galatians 5,13: For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flash, but through love be servants of one another.

52.  What is conscience?

    Conscience is that spiritual gift which considers our actions and encourages us for good, but restrains us from evil. Conscience rewards us if we do good and accuses us if we do evil.

    Acts 24,16: So I always take pains to have a clear conscience toward God and toward men.

53.   What is love?

    Love is that spiritual gift which enables us to become trusted children of God, and to live in peace with our neighbors. Love is the crown of our spiritual gifts.

    Matthew 5,44-46: But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?

54. How can we give thanks to God for our spiritual gifts?

    We thank our providential Father for our spiritual gifts through love toward God and neighbor, through creative work and through unselfish service.

55.  What is our calling?

    Our calling is to build the Kingdom of God in this earthly life with the spiritual gifts received from God.

   Matthew 6,33: But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things shall be yours as well.

56.  Can we perform our calling in this earthly life?

    We can perform our calling in earthly life: God presented us with examples for this through the life of Jesus and the lives of workers for the Kingdom of God.

   John 13,15: For I have given you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.


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