photo: The newly appointed Foreign Secretary of Britain, Boris Johnson [courtesy IBtimes]


In Paul’s words:

If children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him . For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed in us (not “to us”). For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself [nota bene] also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. And not only this, but also we ourselves who (do) have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body [nota bene] [Roman8:17-23]


The above translation (using NASB) is one of the better ones  Forgive my interjections in Latin. Perhaps my own Church might better grasp the matter for the translation of this particular passage  in some Catholic editions of the Bible is a travesty. But then what I believe I have been shown by the Spirit and am convinced Scripture teaches concerning the general nature (not detail) of  what is to occur when Christ comes again no longer accords with RCC mainline teaching. Thankfully that is not the case regarding  more essential matters touched upon in these 3 blogs, especially how we are to experience the mystical participation with Christ so as to know a fullness of gospel salvation. But that is not in order that we might “go to Heaven when we die” (which has little directly to do with religion as should be clear enough from Jesus’ teaching in the definitive chapter on final judgement – Mt25;  also the story of Dives and Lazarus, the one having been salted the other not as yet Lk16:25; Mk9:49 – note from verse 50, salting is a good thing and my book explains why). Rather, the wondrous salvation that is to be found only through participation with Christ is not “for all people of good will” but so that the proportionately few who are called, chosen and faithful within the Church might complete the course set for them and become joint inheritors  with the Lord of the Universe. He, though utterly divine, chooses to call the elect of God His own brothers and sisters;, as We and He become One (Heb2:10-11; cf.1Cor6:16,17)