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a presence and support of the Spirit of God, as keeps them from finking into utter despairs.

H2. What is the communion in glory, which the members of the invisible church have 'with Christ?

A. The communion in glory, which the members of the invisible church have with Christ, is in this lifcw, immediately after death*, and at last perfected at the resurrection, and day of judgments.

(^83. 0^.83. What is the communion in gloVy with Christ which

it is the voice of my beloved that knoclceth, saving, Open to me, my filler, my love, my dove, my undefiled: for my head is silled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night, v. 3.1 have put off my coat, how lhall 1 put it on? I have warned my feet, how shall I defile them? T. 6. I opened to my beloved, but my beloved had withdrawn himself, and was gone: my soul failed when he spake: I sought him, but I could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer. me to hear joy and gladness i that the bones which thou hast broken, mayrejoice. v. 12. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation, and uphold me with thy free Spirit. Psal. xxxi. 22. For I said in my haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes: nevertheless thou heard It the voice of my supplications, when I cried unto thee. Psal. xxii. I. My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me i why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?

v 1 John iii. 9. Whosoever is born of God, doth not commit sin; for his feed remaineth in him: and he cannot fin, because he is born of God. Job xiii. 15. Though he flay me, yet will I trust in ham: but I will maintain mine own ways before him. P&l.lxxiii. 15. If I fay, I will speak

thus: behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children, v. 23. Nevertheless, I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand. Isa. liv. 7. For a small moment have I forsaken thee, but with great mercies will I gather thee. v. 8. In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, sa.ith the Lord thy redeemer, v. 9. For this is as the waters of Noah unto me: for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee. v. 10. For the mountains shall depart, and the hills shall be removed, but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, faith the Lord that hath mercy on thee.

82. vi 2 Cor. iii. 18. But we all with open face beholding as in a glass, the glory of the Lord, are changed into the fame image, from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

x Luke xxiii. 43. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I fay unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.

r 1 Thess. iv. 17. Then we who are alive, andremain, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds,

the members of the invisible church enjoy in this life?

A. The members of the invisible church have communicated to them, in this life, the first-fruits of glory with Christ, as they are members of him their head, and so in him are interested in glory which he is fully possessed oiz; and, as an earnest thereof, enjoy the fense of God's love<z, peace of conscience, joy in the Holy Ghost,"and hope of glory b: as, on the contrary, fense of God's revenging wrath, horror of conscience, and a fearful expectation of judgment, are to the: wicked the beginning of the torments, which they shall endure ns;er deaths.

Q_ 84. Shall all men die.

A. Death being threatened as the wages of fmd, it is appointed unto all men once to die*: for that all have sinnedyi

Cv 85.

£0 meet the Lord in the air: and so ihr.ll we ever be with the Lord.

83. r Eph. ii. 5. Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) v. 6. And hath raised us iip"together, and made us sit together in heavenly places. In Chii.l Jeius.

t Rom. v. j. And hope maketfy not ashamed, because the love of Cod is shed abroad in our hearts, by the Holy Ghoil which is given unto us. Compared with 2 Cor. i. 22. Who also hath sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

b Rom.v. 1. Therefore beingjuftified by faith, we have peace with God, thro' our Lord Jesus Christ, v. 2. Ey whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Rom. xiv. 17. For the kingdom of God is not meat and

drink, but righteousness, and peace,

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and joy in the Holy Ghost.

c Gen. iv. 13. And Cain said unto the Lord, My puniihment is greater than I can bear. Mat. xxvii. 4. Saying, I have sinned, in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that tons? sec thou to that. Heb.x. 27. But a certain fearful looking for of judgment, and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. Rom. ii. 9. Tribulation and anguish upon every soul of man that doth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile. Mark ix. 44. Where their worm dteth not, and the fire is not quenched.

84. i/Rom. vi. 23. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

* Heb. Ix. 57. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment,

/ Rom. v. 12. Wherefore, as by one man fin entered into the world,


85. Death being the wages of sin, why are not the Tighteous delivered from death, seeing all their sins are forgiven in Christ?

A. The righteous shall be delivered from death itself at the last day, and even in death are delivered from the sting and curse of \tg, so that, although they die, yet it is out of God's loveh, to free them perfectly from sin and misery/, and to make them capable of further communion with Christ in glory, which they then enter uponi.

86. What is the communion in glory with Christ which the members of the invisible church enjoy immediately after death.

A. The communion in glory with Christ, which the members of the invisible church enjoy immediately aster death, is in that their souls are then made perfect in holiness/, and re

• ceived

and death by sin; and so death pasfed upon all men, for that all have finned.

8j. 1 1 Cor. xv. 26. The last enemy that shall be destroyed, ss death.—v. 55. O death, where is thy sting? O grave where is thy ■victory? v. $6. The sting of death is fin, and the strength of sin is the law. v. 57. But thanks bc*to God, who giveth us the victory, through our Lord Jesus Christ. Hebii. 15. And deliver them who through fear of death, were idl their life-time subject to bondage.

4 Isa. Ivii. 1. The righteous perislieth, and no man layeth it to heart; and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous are taken away from the evil to come.* v. 2. He shall enter into peace, they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness. 2Kingsxxii. 20. Behold, therefore, I will gather thee unto thy fathers, and thou shalt be ga

thered into thy grave in peace, and thine eyes shall not see all the evil which 1 will bring upon this place.

» Rev. xiv. 13. And 1 heard a voice from heaven, saying unto me. Write, Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord, from henceforth: Yea, faith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. Eph. v. 27. That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing, but that it should be holy, and without blemilh.

k Luke xxiii. 43. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee. To day shalt thou be with me in paradise. Phil. i. 23. For I am in a. strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better.

86. ' Heb. xii. 23. To the general assembly and church of the firstborn whichrare written in heaven, and to God the judge of all, and to

the ceived 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/*, and rest in their graves as in their beds q, till at the last day they be again united to their souls r. Whereas the fouls of the wicked are at their death cast into hell, where they remain in torments and utter darknefsj and their bodies kept in their graves, as in their prisons, until the resurrection and judgment of the great day/I

87. What

the spirits of just; men made perfect.

m 2 Cor. v. 1. For we know, that if our earthly house of this tabernacle weredissolved.we haveabuilding of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens, v. 6. Therefore we are always confident, knowing that whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord. v. 8. We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. Phil. i. 23. For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better. Compared with Acts iii. 31. W horn the heaven must receive, until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath

0 Rom. viii. 23. And not only they, but ourselves also, who have the first-fruits of the Spirit, even we our selves groan within our selves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. Psal. xvi. 9. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my fleib, also (hall rest in hope.

f 1 Thess. iv. 14. For if we believe that Jesus died, and rose again, even so them also who sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

ylfa. $7. 2. He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness.

r Jobxix. 26. And though after my flein^ worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: v.

spoken by the mouth of all his holy 27. Whom I shall fee, for myself, prophets, since the world began, and mine eyes shall behold, and not

And with Eph. iv. 10. He that de-
scended, is the fame talso that a-
scended up far above all heavens-,
that he might fill all things.
n 1 John iii. 2. Beloved, now are
we the sons of God, and it doth not
yet appear what we (hall be: but
we know, that when'he shall ap-
pear we (hall be like him; for we
shall see him as he is. 1 Cor. xiii.
j2. For now we fee through a glass,
darkly; but then face to face: Now
I know in part; but then shall I
know even as also I am known.

another; though my reins be consumed within me.

/Luke xvi. 23. And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom, v. 24. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and fend Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of hie finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. Acts i. 25. That he may take part of this ministry and apostlefhip, from which Judas by transgression

fell, 87. "What are we to believe concerning the resurrection?

A. We are to believe, that at the last day there {ball be a general resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust /: when they that are then found alive shall in a moment be changed; and the self-same bodies of the dead which were jaid in the grave, being then again united to their souls for ever, (hall be raised up by the power of Christ v. The bodies of the just, by the Spirit of Christ, and by virtue of his resurrection as their head stiall be raised in power, spiritual, pcorruptible, and made like to his glorious body w: and the


fell, that he might go to his own place. Jude 6. And the angels who iept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness, unto the judgment of the great day. v. 7. Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them, in like manner giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth' for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

87. / Acts xxiv. 15. And have hope towards God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both os the just and unjust.

v 1 Cor. xv. j 1. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we lhall all be changed, v. 52, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump (for the trumpet (hall sound) and the dead (hall be raised incorruptible, and we lhall be changed, v. ja. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 1 Thess. iv. 1 j. For this we fay unto you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord,

shall not prevent them who are afleep. v. 16. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice os the archangel, and with the trump of God, and the dead in Christ shall rise first: V. 17. Then we who are alive, and remain, ihali be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. John v. 28. Marvel not at this; for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, v. 29. And shall comeforth, they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

■m 1 Cor. xv. 21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. v. 22. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive, v. 23. But every man in his own order: Christ the first-fruits, afterwards they that are Christ's, at his coming, v. 42. So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption, it it raised in incorruption: v. 43. It it sown in dishonour, it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness, it is raised

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