OUR HOPE OF GLORY

BY:  JACKIE CAPORASO

DECEMBER 11, 2009

MESSAGE No. 201

THE PRINCIPAL THING

WHO IS CHRIST IN YOU?

THE COMING OF THE SON OF MAN

OUR PLACE IN THE HIGH PRIEST

OUR FELLOWSHIP

FELLOWSHIP AND KOINONIA

A PRIESTHOOD TO SAVE – TO THE UTTERMOST

THE PRINCIPAL THING

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wis­dom. And in all your getting, get understanding. Ex­alt her, and she will promote you; she will bring you honor, when you embrace her. She will place on your head an ornament of grace; a crown of glory she will deliver you.”  (Prov. 4:7-8) These are the words of wisdom. I was talking to a couple of sis­ters in the Lord and they were sharing how the Lord was speaking to them about getting understanding and how important it is at this time.

Paul prayed that “…the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlight­ened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His in­heritance in the saints…” (Eph. 1:17-18)

Paul was saying that one can only know Christ, the hope of His calling and the glory of His inheri­tance in the saints, through the spirit of wisdom and revelation. Furthermore, he writes, that spirit is a gift from the Father therefore we should pray to re­ceive it.

It would be a fatal error to believe that we know Him fully and need no more revelation than what we already know. Revelation is not a lot of head knowledge; it is to know Him. To know Him as He lives in us and leads us daily.

Over the centuries, our Father has poured out His Spirit upon those who call upon Him and line upon line He has revealed His Son in us and given us un­derstanding of  who we are in Christ.

I remember the day when I did not know the dif­ference between my soul and my spirit; they were both the same to me. At that time, our teachers did not know much more either, but because we were awakening hungry, the Spirit began to open truths to us and we became aware that there is much more to us than what we see in our mirror every day.

We found out that our soul is emotional and must be under the control of the Spirit of God. We also learned that before the Spirit of God was poured out to us, our own spirits were in darkness and many unclean spirits were vying at ruling over our souls. ”Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh (soul) and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” (II Cor. 7:11)

Today, the Spirit is shining His light on another area that (for me) has been a mystery and perhaps also for many of you. Just as I learned that there is a difference between my soul and my spirit, yet both are very much a part of who I am, there is also a difference between the Holy Spirit and the Christ in me, yet they are both One.

WHO IS CHRIST IN YOU?

To know this we need to know who Jesus the Christ really is. Matthew records a conversation between Jesus and his disciples concerning His iden­tity. First He asked, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” (Matt.16: 13b) Note that He did not ask about the Son of God, but about the Son of Man. He was talking of Himself in the flesh. So they said, some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” (Vs.14) People at that time were as confused as some are today. “He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said,”You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Vs.15-16) “Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.” (Vs.17)

Through the Spirit of revelation, the Father had revealed to Peter that Jesus was and is indeed “The Christ.” It was not until later in the century that men began to call Him Jesus Christ, at first He was al­ways, Jesus The Christ. This is because Christ is not just a last name or a family name; it is the title of His position. He is the Anointed One of God. Paul wrote concerning Him “In whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge…For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.” (Col. 2:3, 9-10)

No one at the time could declare that they were part of the Body of Christ. Until Jesus’ body was broken for us, the only Body of Christ that existed was Jesus the Christ. When Jesus went to the cross, He commended (entrusted) His Spirit unto God. “And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, He said, Father into Your hands I commend My spirit. And having said this, He breathed His last.” (Luke 23:46) Jesus gave His Spirit into the Father’s hands.

The prophet Isaiah saw the crucifixion by the Spirit and wrote, “Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong, because He poured out His soul unto death, He was numbered with the transgres­sors, and He bore the sin of many, and made inter­cession for the transgressors.” (Isa.53: 12)  Jesus poured out His soul unto death. He commended His Spirit to His Father and poured out His soul unto death, but what did He do concerning His Body?

At the Passover Supper before His crucifixion Je­sus took bread; “and when He had given thanks He broke it and said, Take eat; this is My body which is broken for you, do this in remembrance of Me. In the same manner He also took the cup after sup­per, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in My blood, This do, as often as you drink it, in remem­brance of Me.” (I Cor. 11:24-25)

By breaking the bread, Jesus showed how His body was going to be broken in pieces so that each one could receive a portion. By God’s workings, Je­sus The Christ was going to be formed into a many-membered body. Jesus the Christ was going to be broken into equal portions and given to those who would partake of Him, each portion giving the power to become sons of God or new creation of God in Christ. Each portion containing what is needed to break through the forces of death and re­ceive the body of His resurrection. 

Our own earthly bodies are miracles of God.  Sci­ence still has not come to the bottom of how our bodies work. David wrote this, “For You have formed my inwards parts; you have covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fear­fully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.” (Psa. 139:13-14)

I have been told by those who are educated in these things that each of our bodies contains trillions of cells. After a time these cells die, but each day at least fifty millions of them are renewed. But the thing that is even more mind-boggling is that each cell contains a perfect and complete set of our DNA-

DNA is a nucleic acid that contains the genetic instructions used in the development and function of all known living organisms and some viruses. The main role of DNA molecules is the long-term storage of information. DNA is often compared to a set of blueprints or recipe or code of our entire body. 

Just as each cell of our body contains the com­plete pattern for our complete body, so each portion of the Christ that has been broken and given to us contains the instructions for the development and function of the complete new creation man. The Christ in you is the hope of this glory. The glory is the complete new creation man of God in Christ. This is the hope that stirs within each one of us and is contained in “Christ in you.”  Paul wrote to the church and declared that he became a minister to fulfill the word of God, “the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Col. 1:26-27) Just like the acorn contains all the potentials to become a huge oak tree, so Christ in you contains all that you need to become the new creation man in Christ.

This Christ contains the spiritual DNA or instruct­ions for the development and function of this glory which is the new creation man of God in Christ. This is why Paul also wrote to the church, “My lit­tle children, for whom I labor in birth (travail) again until Christ is formed in you.” (Gal. 4:19) There was a need for this Christ to be formed in these spiritual children and so it is for us as well. Paul had first travail to bring them to the place where they received Christ. Now he was travailing again for this Christ to be formed in them.

As in each cell of our body we have the complete DNA of the Adam man, in Christ we have the com­plete DNA of the new man; we are complete in Him. This is the glory that we are hoping for and that is in each one who will receive Him. Man’s reli­gion has corrupted the teaching of the glory to a good place that one goes to when one dies. When we enter fully into this Christ within, we are com­plete or perfect because the Christ contains the full glory of this new man spirit, soul and body.

Every time the Holy Spirit speaks to us and we follow Him – Christ, the new man, is formed in us. When in any situation we choose the way of the Spirit of God over our own ways and desires, Christ is formed in us. Every time He quickens us with a word from above and not from man, Christ is formed in us. It is as simple as following daily what the Spirit speaks to us or where He leads us.

It is a daily death to the carnal mind and the old na­ture and a daily quickening from the Holy Spirit within. These are the workings of God’s Spirit within us. They cannot be produced by much study or much prayer. They are not the result of our going to church and hearing the best sermon from the most acclaimed ministry; they can only come from the workings of God’s Spirit and our hearing Him and following Him. Daily, the Spirit of God speaks to us in one form or another, and daily He tests us in the word that He gives us.

THE COMING OF THE SON OF MAN

Jesus answered His weary disciples’ question about the signs of the times and the End of the age by warning them that there were coming many woes and great tribulation. He said, “For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.” (Matt. 24:21) This is to be a very unique time. It happens only once in the world and it is cut short “Unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened. (Vs.22)

Then Jesus warns about the many that will come with false prophecies and even great signs and won­ders to deceive many. “For false christs, (ones with false anointings) and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders, so as to deceive, if possible, even the elect.”  (Vs. 24) These false christs and prophets are going all over the land to­day, pocketing the wealth of those who are fasci­nated by their charisma and their signs and won­ders. Even some who are following a deeper word are being duped by some of them.

Jesus did not only give the warning, He also gave the word that would put our hearts to rest. He said, “See, I have told you beforehand. Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ Do not go out: or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not be­lieve it.” (Vs. 25-26) Today we could translate it this way, “Look, He is at the church in Toronto! Or He is coming to speak at the mega church in Dallas or Houston!’ The answer would still be Do not be­lieve it!  Look, He is so anointed and he has the word of prophecy like you would not believe! He will slay you in the Spirit, fill your teeth with pure gold and knock you off your feet!! Do not believe it.

Jesus told us what to look for, “For as the light­ning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.” (Vs. 27) Jesus told us. “Do not go running around looking for someone to astound you; instead remember that when the Son of Man appears it will be as when the sun arises from the east to the west and floods the entire sky with light.

You see, Jesus was not talking about the lightning that is generated by an electrical storm; Jesus was talking about the ris­ing of the sun. Lightning from a storm does not flash from east to west, it goes ev­ery which way and mostly from sky down to earth. The “lightning that Jesus was speaking about was the “light’ of the ris­ing sun. When the Son of Man appears it will not be through one man here and there, it will be as the Light of truth arising over the entire world from the glory of the Christ that will emanate from those who are in Him. The Son of Man appears as all those who are in Him arise in the truth that will do away with the darkness.

When Jesus broke the bread with the disciples He said, “Do this in remembrance of Me.” He was say­ing Do not forget. Remember this. I give you each a portion of My body. His Body is The Christ and within each of us is a full portion of the Christ. When we get together, we must remember this. We have no need to run here and there to find Christ. Christ is being formed in each of His disciples who hear His voice and follow Him.

OUR PLACE IN THE HIGH PRIEST

Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heav­enly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus.”  (Heb. 3:1)

Note that Paul is addressing the “holy brethren,” those who have been separated unto Christ and who are partakers of the heavenly calling. In this epistle, Paul is not addressing the multitudes; he is speaking to those who are His body. Jesus who is the Head has made us His body.  He is the High Priest of our confession. We have not con­fessed a man to be our High Priest. We do not give our soul and spirit over to an Adam man; we have a High Priest who is Mediator between us and God.

“For He (God) has not put the world to come, of which we speak, in subjection to angels. But one testified in a certain place, saying: What is man that You are mindful of him, or the son of man that You take care of him?

You made him a little lower than the angels; You crowned him with glory and honor, and set him over the works of Your hands. You have put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But we do not see all things put under him. But we see Jesus… (Heb. 2:5-9a) In these verses, the writer clearly declares that in this world or age, man has been lower than the angels, but in the world to come, the new man is no longer under the authority of an­gels; but all have been put under his feet. 

Although this is our calling, at this time, we see only Jesus in that place of glory of honor. However, we are given the hope of this glory and the vision to reach out for it and look forward to it. As we go through the death of the “old man,” we gladly shed the old garment of flesh and we are filled with joy for what is set before us.

OUR FELLOWSHIP

The apostle Paul had a heavy word for the church at Ephesus. Paul was a Jew through and through, a Pharisee of the tribe of Benjamin, yet he had been called to be an apostle to the Gentiles. Paul had been received and recognized by the disciples, “And when James, Peter, and John who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that had been given to me, they gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised.” (Gal. 2:9)

They did not extend the fellowship to Paul because he introduced himself as a follower of Christ; they extended the fellowship to him when they saw the grace of God upon him. They did not accept Paul because of his credentials; they accepted him when they witnessed the Christ Spirit in him. We do not know one another by our credentials; we rec­ognize one another by the Spirit.

What is the meaning of “fellowship?” The Dictio­nary says it is “The condition of sharing simi­lar in­terests, ideals or experiences as by reason of pro­fession, religion or nationality. The compan­ionship of individuals in a congenial atmosphere and on equal terms. A close association of friends or equals sharing similar interests.”

Fellows in a ship are in close quarters. To keep peace and harmony one must have similar interests and be moved by the same spirit.  I can have some fellowship with my neighbors who went through World War II in Europe as I did. Or I can belong to a fellowship with those who like to cook and share recipes and ways and means of preparing food.

But the fellowship into which Paul was accepted with the brethren was all about the Word and the calling of God. Paul writes that he was called “…to make all people see what is the fellowship  of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ.” (Eph. 3:9) Paul was called to confirm to those who would witness that Christ was now their hope of glory and that He was hid within their own beings. This is the fellowship of the mystery.

The Christ within each of us is a “mys­tery” be­cause He is not visible to those who are not believ­ers. Some find their fellowship around the activities of a church, but in Christ we enter a very special “fellowship” with one another. It is be­cause of who we know and how we experience Him that now we are able to have this “fellowship” with one another.

FELLOWSHIP AND KOINONIA

The word “fellowship” as it is in the Bible is de­rived from the Greek word “koinonia,” which means “to communicate.” It is also the word used for “communion” which is to communicate and share of the same Spirit. “The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?” (I Cor. 10:16)

The bread and wine that we share in a communion service are symbolic of the Christ body being formed within us. We come together agreeing that we are the Body of Christ, the new creation of God. Jesus told His disciples to do this in re­membrance of Me, till I come. He was telling them that after His crucifix­ion, He would come to them by the Spirit and take His abode within them.

Beloved, He has come in us and He is ready to be made manifest to the world. This is the fellowship that we have in the mystery. This is a mystery be­cause the world cannot see Him or un­derstand Him, but we know and we can communi­cate with one an­other and enjoy sharing this mar­velous truth with each other.

Paul describes the fellowship in these words, “Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one ac­cord, of one mind…Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a servant, and coming in the likeness of men.” (Phil. 2:1-2, 5-7)

True fellowship is when we are of one mind and one accord. Paul clearly states that the One mind that we are to be in is the mind of Christ who being in the form of God made Himself of no reputation to become servant of all. This is the mind of Christ.  Jesus knew His Father and He knew His calling. 

In the same letter Paul writes, “That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fel­lowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death.” (Phil.3: 10) There is a fellowship in suffer­ing as well. I am sure that Paul refers to the crucifix­ion of Jesus, but Paul also suffered the re­jection and abuse of those who came against him for the Word he preached. This is also part of the fellowship of His sufferings. When He gives us a word that burns in our bones and sends us to those who reject that word; we suffer with Him.

Jesus suffered at the hand of rulers who did not want to accept Him for who He was. They could not see any farther than their noses and so they tried to make Him to be one of the many fanatics that were going around in those days. Do we know this kind of suffering because of the Word? Do church lead­ers look down on us because of the Word that we believe? Can we fellowship with Jesus on that level too?

A PRIESTHOOD TO SAVE – TO THE UTTERMOST

A question that has some confused in their under­standing, is what is the glory of the Melchizedek priesthood in the world to come?

Paul wrote that “It pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to recon­cile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. And you, who were once alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has recon­ciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy and blameless, and irreproachable in His sight- IF indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister.”  (Col. 1:19-23)

Because we are yet carnal and we still hold on to some of the previous carnal teachings of the church, this powerful teaching may be one that is least un­derstood among those who are seeking for higher truth. Many have been confused and have erred in their doctrines, yet it is plainly explained and set in writing by Paul.

He writes that his ministry was to reconcile all men unto God; even the Gentiles. This was his apostleship. Paul was sent to those who worshiped false gods and were foreigners to the things of God. They had no knowledge of Scriptures or of the God of Israel. But Paul continued to preach the Gospel to every creature under heaven.

In one way or another, God sends His Gospel to every creature that is born on this earth. This is why the Colossians had heard, and it is why you and I have heard as well. Christ is in this world for that purpose. He is called to RECONCILE ALL TO GOD.

The Word “reconcile” means “to render no longer opposed.” “To settle a difference.” “To bring into harmony.” “To make compatible.” The Gospel that we have been given and that is preached to every creature under heaven is geared to settle a differ­ence between man and God. This is the Gospel of the cross. But once we hear the word of reconciliat­ion, we must believe that it is true and once we be­lieve, we must continue in the faith and not be moved away from the hope of the Gospel which we have heard.

The spirit that is in the world has been relentlessly at work to destroy the truth that the Gospel brings to man. The American Gospel of prosperity is far re­moved from the truth that is in Christ. It does not lift up God, it lifts up man and his ability to prosper in the things of this world. It is destroying man’s soul by deceit and fraud.

Because of this, our God who will not that any man perish has devised a plan to save to the utter­most. He has given us a better covenant based on a better priesthood. “Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He ever lives to make interces­sion for them.” (Heb. 7:25)

This is very powerful indeed. We need to examine this ever living priesthood and its role in saving men to the uttermost. Because it is “everlasting,” this priesthood will be there in ages to come. It will be there for the purpose of accomplishing what it is anointed to do and that is to “reconcile” men to God and save them perfectly. It is called to save to the uttermost, all who come to God through Christ, now and throughout the ages to come.

The Amplified Version says it this way, “But He holds His priesthood unchangeably because He lives forever. Therefore (for this reason) He is able also to save to the uttermost- completely, perfectly,  finally and for all time and eternity- those who come to God through Him, since He is always living to make pe­tition to God and intercede with Him and intervene for them.” (Heb. 7:24-25)

We also know that this priesthood has no limita­tions. This High Priest has power in heaven and on earth as well. Therefore those who are lost on the other side of the veil have access to Him if and when they choose to come to God through Him, and He is able to save them. When men have had their fill of excruciating pain and suffering, they will look for a way back to God and they will find a Priest. This Melchizedek priesthood is God’s gift to men that they might be saved to the uttermost. This is the glory of this everlasting priesthood in ages to come.

This is the glory of those who have part in the first resurrection. “Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thou­sand years.” (Rev. 20:6) I believe that we have al­ready entered into that time. We are already in resurrect­ion life in spirit and we are able to hear the word that we could not hear or understand were it not for this resurrection power working in us.

With the word that He has given us, we rule and reign over the powers of hell and we are able to speak to those who come to us seeking the truth. We are also free from the second death. This means that if the tabernacle of this body is destroyed, we have another in the spirit already. We do not have a body that is manifested in the earthly realm yet, but we do have a garment for our soul.

While this is going on with us and those who come to God, the devil is running loose in the earth and is causing havoc. We cannot deny what we see happening all around us.  The devil is playing his last hand to deceive the nations of the earth and to gather them to battle. Indeed, the nations are out to self-destruct, especially those whose number is at the sand of the sea. This speaks of the nations who are constantly at war with each other and no matter how much we try to stop them, they are out to de­stroy them­selves and take the rest of the world with them.

It is when they attack “the beloved city” that God moves. “They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them. And the devil who de­ceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brim­stone where the beast (Adam nature) and the false prophet (deceiving doctrines) are. And they will be tor­mented day and night forever and ever.” (Rev. 20:9-10)

If God did not put an end to the spirit that deceive man and is out to destroy all who belong to God in the earth, there would be no justice and no just God. This word screams out the goodness and mercy of our God. He makes a way throughout eter­nity for all to turn and come to Him. But there is a time when He no longer tolerates the destructive works of the devil.

I know that many good brethren will say, “the devil is a spirit and that is who is cast into the lake of fire and not man.”  My answer to this is found in an old favorite little poem of mine.

“A gate is not a gate until you swing it.

A song is not a song until you sing it.

Love is not put in your heart to stay,

Love is not love till you give it away.”

You see for any spirit to find a way to be activated in the earth, it has to find a vessel to do its work. The love of Christ that we feel comes from the brethren who pour out that love to us. If there is not a vessel to produce the fruit of that spirit, that spirit cannot be expressed.

In order for the devil to make war in this world, he has to find men who rally to his call. There can be no hatred in this world unless men hate. There can be no liars in this world unless men lie. There can be no love in this world unless men love. There can be no word of God in this world unless there are some who speak the word of God. It is as simple as that. Demons have no power unless men manifest that power in their lives. The realm of death makes all evil powers manifest.

We have been in the time of the first death but those who have part in the first resurrection will not suffer of the second death for there is a second death. The first death is the realm we know in this earth. Jesus made this plain when He told the disci­ple who wanted to first bury his father, “Follow Me and let the dead bury their own dead.” (Matt. 8:22)

At the second resurrection, the dead stand before the great white throne to be judged. Books are opened and the Book of Life is opened as well. The dead are the books that are opened and the Book of Life is Christ. They are judged by Christ standard. Even those who have been in Death and Hades, the Amplified version calls it “the state of death or dis­embodied existence) all who are not in Christ stand before the RIGHTEOUSNESS of Christ which is the great white throne.

Then it says that they are judged by what they have done- According to their motives, aims and works. This is also the Amplified Version. Then we read that this state of death is cast into the Lake of Fire, the second death. “Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.” (Rev. 20:14) The Lake of fire is the second death; there is nothing pleasant about death. The last verse of this chapter declares, “And if anyone’s (name) was not found recorded in the Book of Life (In Christ), he was hurled into the lake of fire.” (Vs. 15)

I do not know what this second death feels like, but the word says that it hurts. “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not BE HURT OF THE SEC­OND DEATH.”  (Rev. 2:11)

The Amplified Version says “…shall in no way be INJURED by the second death.” is no heal­ing in this death, there is INJURY. I do not believe that the lake of fire and brimstone speaks of the “purifying fire” that we experience when we enter into Christ. This lake does not produce life, it is death. Then the writer adds that those who are cast or hurled into this lake will be tor­mented night and day.  In this second death, there is no gift of repentance handed out and no way of escape. Those who have continually embraced the works of the false prophet and of the beast over the thousand years that God has given them, will find no way out. They will have earned their reward. I believe that God is giving them the desire of their hearts. A holy life would be misery to them.

The second death takes place after the great white throne judgment, when all men have had a chance to show the motives of their hearts and still be saved. After that, hell will be no more and the second death has begun. I believe that our God has made the way for all who will call upon Him, although they will go through much more suffering, yet our God has made a way for them out of these places. But there is a time when they have to face the “sec­ond death.”  I need to say that this could be where the doc­trine of “purgatory” that the Roman Catholic Church has adopted comes from, but I do not see where we can offer special masses and prayers to help those who have gone there. They are judged according to their own works.

The word says that we are not to add to these things, “For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” (Rev.22: 18-19)

Let us be wise and fear God who has given us His only Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish. “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…” (Josh. 24:15)

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OUR HOPE of GLORY, MSG. No. 201 [Jackie Caporaso] 12-9-09          1

 

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