Forasmuch as our Saviour the Lord
Jesus Christ, in order to "save His people from their sins" (Mt. 1:21), as the angel announced,
showed unto us in His own Person the way of truth, whereby we may attain to the bliss of
eternal life by rising again, it is necessary, in order to complete the work of theology,
that after considering the last end of human life, and the virtues and vices, there should
follow the consideration of the Saviour of all, and of the benefits bestowed by Him on the
Concerning this we must consider (1)
the Saviour Himself; (2) the sacraments by which we attain to our salvation; (3) the end
of immortal life to which we attain by the resurrection.
Concerning the first, a double
consideration occurs: the first, about the mystery of the Incarnation itself, whereby God
was made man for our salvation; the second, about such things as were done and suffered by
our Saviour---i.e. God incarnate.