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Q. 86. What is the communion in glory with Christ, which the members of the invisiblechurch enjoy immediately after death?

A. The communion in glory with Christ, which the members of the invisible church enjoy immediately after death, is, in that their souls are then made perfect is holiness l, and received into the highest heavens m, where they behold the face of God in light and glory n, waiting for the full redemption of their bodies o, which even in death continue united to Christ p, and rest in their graves as in their beds q, till at the last day they be again united to their fouls r. Whereas the souls of the wicked are at their death cast into hell, where they remain in

torments To-day shalt thou be with me in pa- the fame alfo that ascended up far radise. Phil. i. 23. For I am in a above all heavens, that he might strait betwixt two, having a desire fill all things. to depart, and to be with Christ; n 1 John iii. 2. Beloved, now are which is far better.

we the sons of God, and it doth 86. / Heb. xii. 23. To the gene. pot yet appear what we shall be: ral assembly and church of the first- but we know, that when he shall born, which are written in heaven, appear, we shall be like him; for and to God the judge of all, and we shall see him as he is. I Cor. to the spirits of just men made per- xiii. 12. For now we fee through feet.

a glass, darkly; but then face to m 2 Cor. v. I. For ve know, facę : Now I know in part; but that if our carthly house of this ta, then shall I know even as also I am bernacle were diffolved, we have a known. building of God, an house not made o Rom. väi. 23. And not only with hands, eternal in the heavens. they, but ourselves also which have v. 6. Therefore we are always con the first-fruits of the Spirit, even fident, knowing that whilst we are we

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groan within ourselves, at home in the body, we are ab- waiting for the adoption, to wit, sent from the Lord. y. 8. We are the redemption of our body. Pfal. confident, I say, and willing rather xvi. 9. Therefore my heart is glad, to be absent from the body, and to and my glory rejoiceth: my Hesh be present with the Lord. Phil. i. also shall rest in hope. 23. For I am in a strait betwixt p i Theff. iv. 14. For if we betwo, having a desire to depart, and lieve that Jesus died, and rose again, to be with Chrift; which is far even fo them also which sleep in Jebetter. Compared with Acts ir. 21, sus, will God bring with him. Whom the heaven must receive, q Is. lvii. 2. He shall enter into until the times of restitution of all peace, they shall rest in their beds, things, which God hath fpoken by each one walking in his uprightthe mouth of all his holy prophets, pess. fince the world began. And with r Job xix. 26. And though after Eph. iv. 10. He that descended, is my skin, worms destroy this body

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torments and utter darkness, and their bodies kept in their graves, as in their prisons, till the resurrection and judge ment of the great days.

Q. 87. What are we to believe concerning the resurrection?

À. We are to believe, that, at the last day there shall be a general resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust t, when they that are then found alive shall in a moment be changed; and the self-fame bodies of the dead which were laid in the grave, being then again united to their souls for ever, shall be raised up by the power of Christ v.

The bodies of the juft, by the Spirit of Christ, and by virtue of his resurrection as their head, shall be raised in power, spiritual, incorruptible,

and yet in my felh shall I fee God. shall be a resurrection of the dead, 27. Whom I shall see for myself, both of the just and unjust. and mine eyes shall behold, and not v i Cor. xv. 51. Behold, I shew another; though my reins be con you a mystery. We fhall not all fumed within me.

deep, but we shall all be changed, S Luke xyi, 23. And in hell he v. 52. In a moment, in the twinklift up his eyes being in tornents, ling of an eye, at the last trump, and feeth Abraham afar off, and (for the trumpet shall found) and the Lazarus in bis bosom. . 24. And dead shall be raised incorruptible, he cried, and said, Father Abraham, and we shall be changed. v. 53. have mercy op me, and send Laza. For this corruptible mult put on inrys, that he may dip the tip of his corruption, and this mortal mast finger in water, and cool my tongue; put on immortality. Theff.iv. 15. for I am tormented in this flame. For this we say unto you by the Aas i. 25. That he may take part word of the Lord, that we which of this ministry and apoftleship, from are alive, and remain unto the which Judas by transgreffion fell, coming of the Lord, shall not prethat he might go to his owo place. vent them wbich are asleep. v. 16. Jnde 6. And the angels which kept for the Lord himself shall defcend not their first eítate, but left their from heaven with a shout, with the own habitation, he hath reserved in voice of the archangel, and with everlasting chains under darknefs, the trump of God; and the dead unto che judgment of the great day. in Christ shall rise first: y. 17. v. 7. Eren as Sodom and Gomer. Then we which are alive and rerah, and the cities about them in main, fhall be caught up together like manner, giving themselves over with them in the clouds, to meer to fornication, and going after the Lord in the air : and so shall ftrange desh, are set forth for an ex we ever be with the Lord. John v. ample, suffering the vengeance of 28. Marvel not at this : for the eternal fire.

hour is coming, in the which all 87. t Ads xxiv. 15. And have that are in the graves shall lear, his hope towards God, which they voice, v. 29. And shall come forth, themselves also allow", that there they that have done good; unto the

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and made like to his glorious body w: and the bodies of the wicked shall be raised up in dishonour by him, as an offended judge x.

Q. 88. What shall immediately follow after the resurrection?

A. Immediately after the resurrection shall follow the general and final judgment of angels and men y; the day and hour whereof no man knoweth, that all may watch and

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Q. 89. resurrection of life ; and they that his right hand, but the goats on the have done evil, unto the resurrec- left. tion of damnation.

88. y 2 Pet. ü. 4. For if God w i Cor. xv. 21. For fince by spared not the angels that fioned, man came death, by man came als but cast them down to hell, and deso the resurrection of the dead. livered them into chains of dark. v. 22. For as in Adam all die, even ness, to be reserved unto judgment. fo in Christ shall all be made alive. Jude 6. And the angels which kept V. 23. But every man in his own not their first estate, but left their order: Christ the first-fruits, after own habitation, he hath reserved in ward they that are Christ's, at his everlasting chains under darkness, coming. v. 42. So also is the re unto the judgment of the great day, surreclion of the dead. It is sown v.7. Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, in corruption, it is raised in incor- and the cities about them, in like ruption : v. 43. It is sown in dif manner giving themselves over to honour, it is raised in glory: it is fornication, and going after strange sown in weakness, it is raised in flesh, are set forth for an example, power : v. 44. It is fown a natural suffering the vengeance of eternal body, it is raised a spiritual body. fire. V. 14. And Enoch also, the Phil. iii. 21. Who shall change our seventh from Adam, prophefied of vile body, that it may be fashioned these, saying, Behold, the Lord like unto his glorious body, accordo cometh with ten thousands of his ing to the working whereby he is a- faints, v. 15. To execute judgment ble even to subdue all things' unto upon all, and to convince all that himself.

are ungodly among them, of all x John v. 27. And hath given their ungodly deeds, which they him authority to execute judgment have ungodly committed, and of also, because he is the Son of man. all their hard speeches, which un. v. 28. Marvel not at this : for the godly sinners have spoken against hour is coming, in the which all. him. Matth. xxv. 46. And these that are in the graves shall hear his fhall go away into everlasting punishvoice, v. 29. And shall come forth, ment: but the righteous into life they that have done good, unto the eternal. resurrection of life; and they that z Matth. xxiv. 36. But of that have done evil, unto the resurrec- day and hour knoweth no man, no, tion of damnation. Matth. xxv. not the angels of heaven, but my 33. And he shall set the sheep on Father only. V. 42. Watch there

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Q. 89. What shall be done to the wicked at the day of judga ment ?

A. At the day of judgment, the wicked shall be set on Christ's left hand a, and upon clear evidence, and full conviction of their own consciences b, shall have the fearful but just fentence of condemnation pronounced against them c, and thereupon shall be cast out from the favourable presence of God, and the glorious fellowship with Christ, his saints, and all his holy angels, into hell, to be punished with unspeakable torments, both of body and soul, with the devil and his angels for ever d.

Q. 90. What shall be done to the righteous at the day of judgment?

X. At the day of judgment, the righteous, being caught up to Christ in the clouds e, shall be set on his right hand, and there openly acknowledged and acquitted f, thall

join fore, for ye know not what hoyr devil and his angels. V. 42. For your Lord doth come. V. 44. I was an hungred, and ye gave me Therefore be ye also ready : for no meat; I was thirsty, and ye in such an hour as you think not, gave me no drink : v. 43. I was a the Son of man cometh. Luke xxi. Itranger, and ye took me not in : 35. For as a snare shall it come on naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, all them that dwell on the face of and in prison, and ye visited the whole earth. v. 36. Watch ye pot. therefore, and pray always, that ye d Luke xvi. 26. And besides all may be accounted worthy to escape this, between us and you there is all these things that shall come to a great gulph fixed : fo that they pass, and to Itand before the Son of which would pass from hence to

you, cannot; neither can they pass 89. a Matth. xxv. 33. And he to us, that would come from thence. shall set the sheep on his right hand, 2 Theff. i. 8. In flaming fire, taking but the goats on the left.

vengeance on them that know not b Rom. ii. 15. Which shew the God, and that obey not the gospel work of the law written in their of our Lord Jesus Christ : v. hearts, their conscience also bear. Who shall be punished with evering witness, and their thoughts the lasting destruction from the presence mean while accusing, or else excu of the Lord, and from the glory of Sing one another. v. 16. In the his power. day when God shall judge the se 90. e . Theff. iv. 17. Then we crets of men by Jesus Christ, ac which are alive and remain, shall cording to my gospel.

be caught up together with them in c Matth. xxv. 41. Then shall he the clouds, to meet the Lord in the say also unto them on the left hand, air; and fo Thall we ever be with the Depart from me, ye cursed, into Lord. everlasting fire, prepared for the f Matth. XXV. 33. And he shall

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join with him in the judging of reprobate angels and meng, and shall be received into heaven h, where they shall be fully and for ever freed from all fin and misery i ; filled with inconceivable joys k, made perfectly holy and happy both in body and soul,in the company of innumerable faints and holy angels 1, but especially in the immediate vision and fruition of God the Father, of our Lord Jesus Christ, and of the Holy Spirit, to all eternity m. And this is the perfect and full communion, which the members of the invisible church shall enjoy with Christ in glory, at the resurrection and day of judgment.

Having seen what the scriptures principally teach us to believe con

cerning God, it follows to consider what they require as the daty of Man.

Q. 91. set the sheep on his right hand, but the Spirit, that they may rest from the goats on the left. Matth. X. 32. their labours; and their works do Whosoever therefore shall confefs follow them. me before men, him will I confess k Psal. xvi. 11. Thou wilt shew also before my Father which is in me the path of life: in thy presence heaven.

is fulness of joy, at thy right hand g 1 Cor. vi, 2. Do ye not know there are pleasures for evermore. that the saints shall judge the world? | Heb. xii. 22. But ye are come and if the world shall be judged by unto mount Sion, and unto the you, are ye unworthy to judge the city of the living God, the heaventhe smallest matters? v. 3. Know ly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable ye not that we shall judge angels? company of angels, v. 23. To the how much more things that pertain general afsembly and church of the to this life?

firit-born, which are written in hea. h Matth.xxv. 34. Then shall the ven, and to God the judge of all, King say unto them on his right and to the fpirits of juit men made hand, Come, ye blessed of my Fa- perfect. ther, inherit the kingdom prepared m i John iii. 2. Beloved, now are for you

from the foundation of the we the fons of God, and it doth not world., v. 46. And these shall go yet appear what we Ahall be: but away into everlasting punishment: we know, that when he fhall appear, but the righteous into life eternal. we shall be like him; for we shall

i Eph. v. 27. That he might pre- see him as he is. Cor. xiii. 12. sent it to himself a glorious church, For now we see through a glass, not having spot or wrinkle, or any darkly; but then face to face: now I {uch thing; but that it should be know in part; but then shall I know holy and without blemish. Rev. xiv. even as also I am known. i Theff.iv. 13. And I heard a voice from hea. 17. Then we which are alive and reven, saying unto me, Write, Bleff- main, shall be caught up together ed are the dead which die in the with them in the clouds, to meet Lord, from henceforth: yea, faith the Lord in the air ; and so fhall

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