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That the trial of your faith, &c. might be found unto praise, and honour, and glory, at the appearing of Jesus Christ, &c. The Father, who, without respect of persons, judgeth according unto every man's works.—lPet.i.7.13.17. Ps.lxii.12.
Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead? &c. The end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer, &c. The time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it begin first at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?—1 Pet. iv. 5. 7.17,18.
When the chief Shepherd shall -appear, ye shall receive a crown of -glory.—1 Pet. v. 4.
If God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down, &c. to be reserved unto judgment, &c. The ■Lord knoweth how to deliver the -godly out of temptation, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment, to be punished.—2 Pet. ii. 4. 9.
There shall come in the last day, scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of .his coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning, &c. The heavens and the earth, which are now by the same word, are kept in store, reserved unto fire, against the day of judgment, and perdition of ungodly men, &c. One day is with the Lord as a thousand years; and a thousand years as one day, &c. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, &c. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be? &c. Looking for and hastening unto the coming of the day of God.—2 Pet. iii. 3,4.7,8. 10—12. Ps. cii. 25,26.
Abide in him; that when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.—1 John ii. 28.
That we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as he is, so are we.—1 John iv. 17.
The angels, which kept not their first estate, he hath reserved in everlasting chains, under darkness, unto the judgment of the great day, &c. Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgment upon all, &c.-Jude 6.14,15.
Behold, he cometh with clouds, and every eye shall see him; and they also which pierced him, &c.-v Rev. i. 7.
I will give to every one of you according to your works.—Rev. ii. 23.
And the heavens departed as a scroll, &c. And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and mighty men, &c. hid themselves in the dens, and in the rocks of the mountains, and said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; for the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?—Rev. vi. 14—17. Mark xiii. 31.
The nations were angry; and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead that they should be judged; and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets.— Rev. xi. 18. xiv. 7.
I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it; from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away, &c. and I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened, &c. and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.—Rev. xx. 11,12. 15.
Behold, I come quickly, and my
reward is with me; to give every
man according as his work shall be,
&c. and the Spirit and the Bride say, Come, &c. He which testified these things, saith, Surely, I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!— Rev.xxii. 12. 17.20.
We are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth, against them which commit such things.— Rom. ii. 2.
Be not deceived, God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap: for he that soweth to his flesh, shall of the flesh reap corruption, &c.—Gal. vi. 7,8.
01 THE GLORY PREPARED AND RESERVED FOR BELIEVERS, AT THE APPEARING OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.
Men have not heard nor perceived by the ear, &c. what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him. —Isa.lxiv.4. 1 Cor. ii. 9,10.
Verily there is a reward for the righteous.—Ps. lviii. 11.
If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of" all men most miserable.—1 Cor. xv. 19. 1 Tim. iv. 8.
Though after my skin, worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh (or out of my flesh) shall I see God: whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another.—Job xix. 26,27.
In thy presence is fulness of joy: at thy right hand there are pleasures fer evermore.—Ps. xvi. 11. xvii. 15.
Death shall feed on them, and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning.—Ps. xlix. 14.
Many of them who sleep in the dust of the earth, shall awake: some to everlasting life, some to shame, &c. and they that be wise (or teachers) shall shine as the brightness of the firmament: and they that turn many to righteousness, as the stars, for ever and ever.—Dan. xii. 2, 3.
Blessed are the pure in heart; for they shall see God.—Matt. v. 8.
Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven; where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.—Matt, vi. 20.
Many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, &c. in the kingdom of heaven—Matt. viii. 11. Luke xvi. 22.25.
Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun, in the kingdom of their Father.—Matt. xiii. 43.
Jesus was transfigured before them; and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.— Matt. xvii. 2,3.
In the resurrection, they neither marry nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels of God in heaven.
Matt. xxii. 30.
Then shall the King say, &c. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you, &c. The righteous into life eternal. —Matt. xxv. 34.46.
Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you' the kingdom.—Luke xii. 32. James ii. 5.
Thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.-Luke xiv. 14.
And the resurrection, &c. Neither can they die any more; for they are equal unto the angels, and are the children of God.—Luke xx. 36. John v. 29. Isa. xxv. 8.
Lift up your heads, for your redemption draweth nigh.-Luke xxi. 28.
I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed to me; that ye may eat and drink at my table, in my kingdom, and sit oa thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.—Luke xxii. 29, 30.
To-day shalt thou be with me in Paradise.—Luke xxiii. 43.
I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish.—John x. 28. Rom. ii. 7.
Whither I go, thou canst not follow me now; but thou shalt follow me afterwards.—John xiii. 36.
In my Father's house are many
mansions: if it were not so, I would As we have borne the image of the have told you: I go to prepare a earthly, we shall also bear the image place for you, &c. I will come again, of ihe heavenly, &c. The dead and receive you unto myself; that shall be raised incorruptible, and we where I am, there ye may be also.— shall be changed. For this corrupJohn xiv. 2, 3. 19. xii. 26. tible must put on incorruption: and
I will see you again, and your this mortal must put on immortaheart shall rejoice: and your joy no lity, &c.—1 Cor. xv. 49. 52—56. man taketh from you.—John xvi. 22. 2 Cor. v. 4.
The glory which thou gavest me, Our light affliction, which is but I have given them, &c. Father, I for a moment, worketh for us a far will that they also whom thou hast more exceeding and eternal weight given me, be with me where I am; of glory, &c. The things which are that they may behold my glory, not seen, are eternal.—2 Cor. iv. 17, which thou hast given me.—Johnxvii. 18. Matt. v. 11, 12. 22. 24. We have a building of God; an
Glory, honour, and peace, to every house not made with hands, eternal man that worketh good.—Rom. ii. in the heavens.—2 Cor. v. 1. 7- 10. Jesus Christ, who shall change
We stand and rejoice in the hope our vile body, that it may be fashioned of the glory of God.—Rom. v. 2. like unto his glorious body.—Phil.
The end, everlasting life: for the iii. 20, 21. wages of sin is death, but the gift of For the hope which is laid up for God is eternal life, through Jesus you in heaven.—Col. i. 5. Christ our Lord.—Rom. vi. 22, 23. When Christ, who is our life, Gal. vi. 8. 2 Tim. i. 10. shall appear, then shall ye also ap
Heirs of God, and joint heirs with pear with him in glory.—Col. iii. 4. Christ; if so be that we suffer with Then we which are alive and rehim, that we may be also glorified main, shall be caught up together together: for I reckon that the suffer- with them in the clouds, to meet the ings of this present time, are not Lord in the air; and so shall we worthy to be compareth with the ever be with the Lord. Wherefore glory which shall be revealed in us. comfort one another with these For the earnest expectation of the words.—1 Thess. iv. 17, 18. creature waiteth for the manifesta- To you who are troubled, rest tion of the sons of God, &c. We our- with us, when the Lord Jesus shall selves groan within ourselves, wait- be revealed, &c. when he shall come ing for the adoption, the redemption to be glorified in his saints, and to of our body,&c. Whom he justified, be admired in all them that believe, them he also glorified.—Rom. viii. —2 Thess. i. 7. 10. 17—19. 23.30. Heb.i. 14. ii. 10. He called you by our gospel, to
They do it to obtain a corruptible the obtaining of the glory of the
crown: but we, an incorruptible.— Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thess.
1 Cor. is. 25. ii. 14.
We know in part, and we prophesy That they may obtain the salvation in part: but when that which is per- which is in Christ Jesus, with eternal feet is come, then that which is in glory—2 Tim. ii. 10. part shall be done away, &c. Now There is laid up for me a crown of we see through a glass, darkly; but righteousness; which the Lord, the then face to face: now I know in righteous judge, shall give me at that part; but then shall I know, even as day: and not to me only, but unto also I am known.—1 Cor. xiii. 9, all them also that love his appearin?. 10. 12. —2 Tim. iv. 8.
There remaineth tlierefore a rest He that doeth the will of God, to the people of God.—Heb. iv. 9. abideth for ever.—1 John ii. 17.
Ye took joyfully the spoiling of We know that when he shall apyour goods; knowing in yourselves, pear, we shall be like him; for we that ye have in heaven a better, and shall see him as he is.—1 John iii. 2. an enduring substance: cast not away They shall walk with me in white, therefore your confidence, which hath &c. clothed in white raiment, &c. great recompense of reward.—Heb. will I make a pillar in the temple of x. 34, 35. Prov. viii. 21. my God: and he shall go no more
Abraham looked for a city which out, &c. will I grant to sit with me, hath foundations, whose builder and in my throne; even as I also overmaker is God, &c. They desire a came, and am set down with my better country, that is, an heavenly: Father.—Rev. iii. 4, 5. 12. 21. ii. wherefore God is not ashamed to be 26—28.
called their God; for he hath pre- 1 beheld, and lo, a great multitude,
pared for them a city, &c. Others &c. stood before the throne, and be
were tortured, not accepting deliver- fore the Lamb, clothed with white
ance, that they might obtain a better robes, and palms in their hands, &c
resurrection.—Heb. xi. 10. 16. 35. These are they which came out of
xiii. 14. great tribulation; and have washed
Ye are come unto Mount Sion, and their robes, and made them white in
unto the city of the living God, the the blood of the Lamb; therefore
heavenly Jerusalem; and to an innu- are they before the throne of God.
merable company of angels; to the and serve him day and night in his
general assembly, &c. and to God, temple: and he that sitteth on the
the judge of all, and to the spirits of throne shall dwell among them. They
just men made perfect: and to Jesus, shall hunger no more, nor thirst no
the Mediator of the new covenant.— more; neither shall the sun light on
-Heb. xii. 22—24. them, nor any heat; for the Lamb
Blessed be God, &c. which hath which is in the midst of the throne,
begotten us again unto a lively hope, shall feed them, &c. And God shall
&c. to an inheritance incorruptible, wipe away all tears from their eyes.
and undefiled, and that fadeth not — Rev. vii. 9. 13—18. Isa. xxv. 8.
away, reserved in heaven for you,&c. The souls of them that were be
The sufferings of Christ, and the headed for the witness of Jesus, and
glory that should follow, &c. Hope which had not worshipped the beast,
to the end for the grace that is to be &c. nor received his mark upon their
brought unto you, at the revelation foreheads.—Rev. xx. 4.
of Jesus Christ.— 1 Pet. i. 3, 4. 11. The New Jerusalem's glory de
13. v. 10. scribed at large, &c. Behold, the
Ye are thereunto called, that ye tabernacle of God is with men: and
should inherit a blessing.—1 Pet. he will dwell with them, &c. and
iii. 9. wipe away all tears from their eyes.
When the chief Shepherd shall And there shall be no more death;
appear, ye shall receive a crown of neither sorrow, nor crying; neither,
glory, which fadeth not away, &c. shall there be any more pain: for the
The God of all grace, who hath called former things are passed away.—
us unto his eternal glory, by Christ Rev. xxi. 1—5. xxii. 1—6. 2 Pet.
Jesus, &c—1 Pet. v. 4.10. iii. 13.
We, according to his promise, look for new heavens, and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.— 2 Pet. iii. 13.
OF KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING IN DIVINETHINGS, AND THE WANT Thereof: IGNORANCE ABOUT SUCH THINGS, AND THE EVIL THEREOF.
When Abimelech had taken Sarah, Abraham's wife, though in the integrity of his heart, not knowing her to be Abraham's wife, because he had said, she was his sister: yet God said unto him, Behold thou art but a dead man, for the woman which thou hast taken; for she is a man's wife. —Gen. xx. 2—10.
Pharaoh said, Who is the Lord, that I should obey him ?—Exod. v. 2. And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I stretch forth my hand upon Egypt, and bring out the children of Israel from among them.—Exod. vii. 5. Ezek. vi. 7. 10. 13. Exod. xiv. 4. 8.
According to thy word, that thou mayest know that there is none like unto the Lord our God.-Exod.viii. 10. I have hardened his heart, and the heart of his servants, that I might shew these my signs, &c. that ye may know how that I am the Lord.— Exod. x 1,2. Deut. iv. 35. Exod. vi. 7.
Jethro said (when Moses had told him what God had done), Now I know that the Lord is greater than all gods; for in the thing wherein they dealt proudly, he was above them.—Exod. xviii. 11. 2Kingsv. 15. Under the law, they were to offer sacrifices for sins of ignorance, whether of a person, or of the congregation.—Levit. iv. 2—4. 13—15. v. 1—6.17—19. Numb. xv. 24—26.
Ye have seen all that the Lord did, &c. Yet the Lord hath not given you an heart to perceive, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, unto this day. —Deut. xxix. 2. 4.
They sacrificed to devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not; to new gods.—Deut. xxxii. 17. There arose another generation
after them, which knew not the Lord, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel.—Judges ii. 10.
Samson said unto his father, Get her for me, for she pleaseth me well; but his father and his mother knew not that it was of the Lord, that he sought an occasion against the Philistines.—Judges xiv. 3, 4.
The sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the Lord.—1 Sam. ii. 12.
Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, neither was the word of the Lord yet revealed unto him.—1 Sam. iii. 7.
That all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, &c. and that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear, &c.—1 Sam. xvii. 46, 47.
Elijah prays that God will (by anextraordinary means) let it be known this day, that thou art God in Israel, &c. That this people may know that thou art the Lord God.— 1 Kings xviii. 36—38.
Because the Syrians have said, The Lord is God of the hills, but he is not God of the valleys: therefore will 1 deliver all this great multitude into thine hand, and ye shall know that I am the Lord.—1 Kings xx. 28.
Solomon asked wisdom and knowledge, and God gave it; and riches also.—2 Chron. i. 9—12.
Nevertheless, they shall be his servants: that they may know my service, and the service of the kingdoms of the countries.—2 Chron. xii. 8.
God left Hezekiah, to try him, that he might know all that was in his heart.—2 Chron. xxxii. 31.
Canst thou by searching find out God? Canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection? &c.—Jobxi. 7, 8. 12. xxxvii. 5. Eccles. xi. 5.
I have understanding as well as you: I am not inferior to you.—Job xii. 3. xiii. 2.
Lo, these are parts of his ways: but how little a portion is heard of him!—Job xxvi. 14.