Enjoying the already and the not yet
God the Father, through His co-equality with God the Son, as shared by the Holy Spirit, gives us the power source for our joy as we look forward to what is revealed in prophetic scripture.
2. When Christ returns, we know that there will be a judgment of believers, as recorded in Matthew 25:21 - “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’
3.Peter reveals that for the saints of God, joy will characterized their state of existence at Christ’s coming in 1 Peter 4:13 but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation.
2. The Roman Catholic Church's position limits Christ's Mercy whereas the Bible affirms Christ's Mercy
The Catholic Church teaches that Christ is the mediator, but also the judge to whom we must give an account. Being that the Judge can only deal with us in one way - Justice, the Roman Catholic Church insists upon a second mediator of mercy. In Roman Catholic thought,
Marys equips Christ to dispense mercy to those who pray to Him through Mary.2
To limit Christ to one activity, or to lessen His ability to show mercy, is to deny the very testimony of scripture about His sole ability and desire to dispense mercy to the Christian. (Hebrews 2:18; 4:15; 7:24-25; 1 John 1:9-2:1) Romans 3:25-26 give us the clearest evidence of Christ being equally Just and merciful: "whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; 26 for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus."
3. Roman Catholicism detracts from Christ's Majesty whereas the Bible affirms Christ's Majesty