knowledge of Jesus Christ

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Our Lord as God is omniscient, since this is a property of the Divine nature. This is infinite knowledge. But as man, His human knowledge is finite. Like us, He acquired knowledge by experience, information, reasoning; otherwise the Gospel would be unintelligible. But, besides this experimental knowledge, He had also what theologians call infused knowledge, such as the prophets of old received. It is only natural that His human nature, being hypostatically united to the Word of God, would receive a participation of God’s knowledge; but He regulated it according to the needs of His mission. During His mortal life, He even had the beatific vision which the elect enjoy in heaven. This too is a consequence of His Hypostatic Union. The Church has lately insisted on the truth of this theological doctrine as to the threefold human knowledge of Christ, a doctrine which involves no contradiction and is in no real opposition to any text from the Holy Scriptures, although some delicate problems may be connected with the explanation of various texts.

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  • “knowledge of Jesus Christ”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 23 September 2013. Web. 15 December 2017. <>