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Catechism of the Catholic Church

The signs of the kingdom of God

547 Jesus accompanies his words with many "mighty works and wonders and signs", which manifest that the kingdom is present in him and attest that he was the promised Messiah. 268

548 The signs worked by Jesus attest that the Father has sent him. They invite belief in him. 269 To those who turn to him in faith, he grants what they ask. 270 So miracles strengthen faith in the One who does his Father's works; they bear witness that he is the Son of God. 271 But his miracles can also be occasions for "offence"; 272 they are not intended to satisfy people's curiosity or desire for magic Despite his evident miracles some people reject Jesus; he is even accused of acting by the power of demons. 273

549 By freeing some individuals from the earthly evils of hunger, injustice, illness and death, 274 Jesus performed messianic signs. Nevertheless he did not come to abolish all evils here below, 275 but to free men from the gravest slavery, sin, which thwarts them in their vocation as God's sons and causes all forms of human bondage. 276

550 The coming of God's kingdom means the defeat of Satan's: "If it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you." 277 Jesus' exorcisms free some individuals from the domination of demons. They anticipate Jesus' great victory over "the ruler of this world". 278 The kingdom of God will be definitively established through Christ's cross: "God reigned from the wood." 279

Notes:

268 Acts 2:22; cf. Lk 7:18-23.

269 cf. Jn 5:36; 10:25, 38.

270 Cf. Mk 5:25-34; 10:52; etc.

271 Cf. Jn 10:31-38.

272 Mt 11:6.

273 Cf. Jn 11:47-48; Mk 3:22.

274 Cf. Jn 6:5-15; Lk 19:8; Mt 11:5.

275 Cf. Lk 12:13-14; Jn 18:36.

276 Cf. Jn 8:34-36.

277 Mt 12:26, 28.

278 Jn 12:31; cf. Lk 8:26-39.

279 LH, Lent, Holy Week, Evening Prayer, Hymn Vexilla Regis: Regnavit a ligno Deus.

English Translation of the Cathechism of the Catholic Church for the United States of America © 1997, United States Catholic Conference, Inc.

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