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GLMX #196: The Chapter Invisible

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Daniel Whyte III

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When all our student days are done, 
And we from school must go 
Still we will honor, love and sing 
Thy praises o'er and o'er.
We'll live for thee, we'll strive for thee,
We'll all thy ways adore, 
We'll long for thee and toil until we reach that Golden Shore.
We'll long for thee and toil until we reach that Golden Shore

Those words are the final stanza of the hymn of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity which was founded on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, in 1911. Unlike some fraternities, members of Kappa Alpha Psi are members for life. And when a member dies, the fraternity refers to them as having passed to “the chapter invisible.” In a sense, it means that that person is still alive even though he cannot be seen. He still exists; he is simply invisible someplace else

In reality, the death of all people can be described as passing from this “chapter” to “the chapter invisible” -- a place where we still exist and where we are just as real, but a place where people in this world cannot see us. 

The Bible says, “no man hath seen God at any time.” Because God is spirit, He is invisible. He is completely real, but we cannot see Him as we see each other. As 1 Timothy 1:17 says, “Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever.” The Bible also says that God has created all things -- those that can be seen and those that cannot be seen. Colossians 1:16 says, “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:”


MUSICAL SELECTION: "Lead Me to the Cross" by Francesca Battistelli