Mystical Body of Christ vs. Kingdom of Heaven

Recently I had an epiphany regarding the Mystical Body Of Christ, that as a member of His body, we are effectively becoming “gods” (judges) because Jesus is God. This revelation was jaw dropping because I have been a Catholic for many years under the impression that my end as Christian is to live in the Kingdom of Heaven, as a PEER of Jesus, not to actually be a part of His body.

This leads me to wonder how it can be logically possible for a Protestant to become a member of His body. In my mind, they absolutely can’t because they have never consumed Christ in the Eucharist. Even if the Father could in theory arbitrarily annex a protestant to His son’s body, I don’t believe he does. Why would he? That’s not the gospel. They would come unto judgement while the members pass judgement.

So what about these protestants in invincible ignorance? Or old testament Saints? They have not consumed Christ, therefore my question is this: Is it rational to believe that there are two forms of Heavenly victory? One being “gods” annexed to Christ and the other being commoners in the Kingdom of Heaven. Both being in a state of bliss yet the Body Of Christ has power of God while the commoners don’t.

As of this moment that is my personal belief. I don’t see how old testament figures and protestants in a purely literal sense can be members of the Body Of Christ without the Father’s arbitrary discretion.


1267 Baptism makes us members of the Body of Christ: "Therefore . . . we are members one of another."72 Baptism incorporates us into the Church . From the baptismal fonts is born the one People of God of the New Covenant, which transcends all the natural or human limits of nations, cultures, races, and sexes: "For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body."73

I think that, in God, all things are possible. At least I think that is the teaching.

This section of the catechism doesn’t address my question though. Can there be two heavenly victories? And if baptism is what brings us into the Body instead of consuming the Body, why do we need to consume the body? Seems baptism is a one time grace that is removed at next occasion of sin. That must imply that the protestant falls off the body on his next mortal sin.

Sanctifying grace of baptism once lost is restored upon reception of the Holy Spirit that occurs with perfect contrition or the sacrament of confession. The Holy Eucharist increases sanctifying grace but does not restore it. Worthy reception of the Holy Eucharist can remit a venial sin if the penitent becomes sorry for it as a result of reception – therefore it is a powerful preventative to falling into mortal sin through slow degradation.

Catechism of the Catholic Church on Contrition

1451 Among the penitent’s acts contrition occupies first place. Contrition is “sorrow of the soul and detestation for the sin committed, together with the resolution not to sin again.” 50

1452 When it arises from a love by which God is loved above all else, contrition is called “perfect” (contrition of charity). Such contrition remits venial sin; it also obtains forgiveness of mortal sins if it includes the firm resolution to have recourse to sacramental confession as soon as possible.51

1863 … Deliberate and unrepented venial sin disposes us little by little to commit mortal sin. …

Remember that we do NOT become gods and we do NOT judge anyone.

That’s actually false. You can look it up in your Bible

What is the difference between God and god?

There is only one God.

My Forum name went over your head. I am not wrong.

“I in them and you in me–so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.“

“ I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one”

“ Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life!”

“ You are gods; you are all sons of the Most High”

You misunderstand what that means. There has already been a thread on this. We do NOT become gods and we do NOT judge angels.

Was that thread canonized? Lol

I believe what I read in scripture. Divinization is REAL and when you are IN CHRIST you partake in His Godhood and become a judge as He is judge

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