Page images
[ocr errors]

Q. 82.. What is the communicm in glory, which the meme bers of the invisible church have with Christ?

4. The communion in glory, which the members of the invisible church haye with Christ, is in this life w, immedia ately after death *, and at last perfected at the refurrection and day of judgment y.

Q. 83. What is the communion in glory with Christ which the members of the invisible church enjoy in this life?

A. The members of the inviGble 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 that glory which he is fully possessed of z; and, as an earnest thereof, enjoy the sense of God's love a, peace of conscience, joy in the Holy Ghost, and hope of glory b: as, on the

as, on the contrary, sense of God's revenging wrath, horror of conscience, and a. fearfulexpectation of judgment, are to the wicked the beginning


face from thee for a moment ; but caught up together with them is with everlasting kindocss will I have the clouds, to meet the Lord in the mercy on thee, faith the Lord thy air: and so shall we ever be with the Redeemer, v. 9. For this is as the Lord. • waters of Noah unto me : for as I 83. 2 Eph. ii. 5. Even when we have sworn that the waters of Noah were dead in fios, hath quickened should no more go uver the earth ; us together with Christ, (by grace fo have I sworn that I would not be ye are saved.) v. 6. and hash raiswroth with tlies, nor rebuke thee. ed us up toghether, and made us lic V. 10. For the mountains shall de- together in heavenly places, in Chrift part, and the hills fall be removed, yesas. but my kindness fhall not depart a Rom. v. 5. And bope inaketh not from thee, neither shall the covenant alhamed, because the love of God is, of my peace be removed, f:ith the shed abroad in our hearts, by the Lord that hath mercy on thee, Holy Ghost which is given unto us,

82. W 2 Cor. iñ. 18. But sye alf Compared with 2 Cor. i. 22. Who with open face beholding as in a also hath sealed us, and given the glass, the glory of the Lord, are earnest of the Spirit in our hearts. changed into the fame image, from b Rom. 5. 1. Therefore being juf. glory to glory, even as by the Spiris viñed by faith, we have peace witla of the Lord.

God, through our Lord Jesus Chrift. * Luke xxix. 43. And Jesus said y. 2. By whom also we have access yoto him, - Verily 1 say unto thee, by faith into this grace wberein we To day Make thou be with me in pa. ftand, and rejoice in the hope of the radile.

glory of God. Rom. xiv. 17. l'or the y? Theff. ir. 17. Theo we who kingdom of God is not meat and aze, aliye, and scrain, thall be drink, but righteousncls, and peace,


of the tormonts, which they shall endure after death c.

Q. 84. Shall all men die?

A. Death being threatened as the wages of fin d, it is appointed unco all men once to diec: for that all have foned f.

Q. 85. Death) being the wages of fin, woby are not the righteous

delivered from death, seeing all their fins are forgiven in Christ?

A. The righteous shall be delivered from death itself at the last day, and even in deach are delivered from the sting and curse of it g, fo chat, although they die, yet it is out of God's love h, to free them perfectly from sin and misery i, and to make them capable of further communion with Christ in glory, which they


and joy in the Holy Gholt. The sting of death is fin, and the

& Geg. iv. 13. And Cain said unco strength of fip is the law. v. 57. But the Lord, My punishment is greater thanks 'be to God, who giveth us the than I can bear. Mat. xxvii

. 4. Say: victory, througla our Lord Jesus ing, I have lioned, in that I have be- Christ. Heb. i. 15. And deliver trayed the indocent blood. And they them who through fear of death, Taid, What is that to us ? fee thou to were all their life time subject to that. Heb. X. 27. But a certain fear- bondage. ful looking for of judgment, and bila. Jvii. 1. The righteous perishfiery indignation, which shall devour eth, and no man layeth it to heart : the adversaries Rom. ii. 9. Tribu- and merciful men are taken away, lation and anguish upon every foul none confidering that the righteous of man that doth evil, of the Jew are takeo away from the evil to first, and also of the Gentile. Mark come. v. 2. He shall enter into peace, ix. 44. Where their worm dieth not, they shall rest in their beds, each one and the fise is not quenched. walking in his uprighroefs. 2 Kings

84. d Rom. vi. 23. For the wages xxii. 20. Behold, therefore, I will of fia is death; but the gift of God gather thee unto thy fathers, and is eternal life through Jesus Christ thou shalt be gathered into thy grave our Lord.

in peace, and thine cyes shall not fee: e Heb. ix. 27. And as it is ap- all the evil which I will bring upoa pointed unto inen once to die, but this place. after this the judgineot.

i Rev. xiv. 13. And I heard a voice FRom. v. 12. Wherefore, as by from heaven, saying unto me, Write, ode man fin entered into the world, Blessed are the dead who die in the and death by lia : and so death pal- Lord, from henceforth: Yea, faith sed upon all inen, for that all have the Spirit, that they may relt from fioned.

their labours; and their works do 85.91 Cor. xv.26. The last ene- follow them. Eph. v. 27. That he my that ihall be destroyed, is death. might present it to himself a glori

V.55.0 death, where is thy fling? ous church, not having spot or Ograve, where is thy victory? 5.56 wride, or any such thing, but that


then enter upon ko

Q. 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 after death, is in that their souls are then made perfect in holiness I, 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 bedsq, till at the last day they bę again united to their souls r. Whereas the souls of the wicked are


it should be holy, and without ble. And with Eph, iv. 10. He that demith.

scended, is the same allo that afk Luke xxiii. 43. And Jesus said cended up far above afl heavens, untu him, Verily I say unto thee, that he might fill all things. To day shalt thou be with me in 11 John ü. 2. Beloved, now arę paradise. Phil. i. 23.' For I am in a we the sons of God, and it doth not Itrait betwixt two, having a defire yet appear what we shall be : but to depart, and to be with Christ; we know, that when he thall appear which is far better.

we (hall be like him ; for we thall 86.1 Heb. xii. 23. To the general see him as he is. I Cor. xii. 1 2. For assembly and church of the first born' now we see through a glass darkly, which are written ia keaven, and to but then face to face : Now I know,' God the judge of all, and ro the spi in part : but then shall I know even rits of just men made perfecta as allo I am koown.

m 2 Cor, v. 1. For we know, that o Rom. viii. 2 3. And not only they, if our earthly house of this taberna, but ourselves also,who have the lirit. cle were diffolved, we have a builda fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves, jng of God, an house not made with groan within ourselves, waiting for hands, eterpal in the heavens. v. 6. the adoption, to wit, the redempti ; Therefore we are always confident, on of our body. Psal. xvi. 9. There, knowing that whilít we are at home fore my heart is glad, and my glory in the body, we are absent from the rejoiceth; my fierh also shall relt is Lord. v. 8. We are confident, I say, hope. and willing rather to be sent from pithel. iv. 14, For if we believe thie body, and to be present with the that Jesus died and rose again, even Lord. Plail.i. 23. For I am in a strait So them also who sleep in Jesus, will betwixt two, having a desire to de God bring with him. part, and to be with Chrift; which


Ifa. lvii. 2 Herall enter into is far better. Compaand with acts peace: they fall rest in their beds, in. 21. Whom the ... en must re. each one walking in his uprightness. ceive, until the times of restituiva in Job xix. 26. And though after of all things, which god bach (po- my skin, worms destroy this body, ken by the mouth of all his holy get in my flesh thall I (ce God: prophets, face the world began, 27. Whom I shall fee for myfelf,


at their death cast into hell, where they remain in torments and utter darkness; and their bodies keprin their graves, as in their prisons, until the relurection and judgment of the great day s.

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

A. We are to believe, that ar the last day there thall be a ge. neral 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 just, by the Spirit of Christ, and by virtue of his resurrection as their head all be raised in power, spiritual, incorruptible, and made


and mine eyes shall behold, and not both of the just and unjuft. another; tho'my reins be consum. » 2 Cor. xv. 51. Behold, I shew ed within me.

you a myslery; we shall not all / Luke xvi. 23. And in hell he lift sleep, but we fall all be changed. up his eyes, being in torments, and v. 52. In a moment, in the twink. feelh Abraham afar off, and Laza.' ling of an eye, at the latt trump (for sus in his bosom, v.24. And he cri- the trumpet Thall sound) and the ed and said, Father, Abraham, have dead shall be raised incorruptible, mercy on me, and send Lazarus, and we shall be changed. v. 53. For that he may dip the tip of his finger this corruptible must put on incorin water and cool my tongue; for I ruption, and this inortal inuit put an formeated in this flame. Acts i, op immortality, 1 Theff. iv. 15. For 25. That he may take part of this this we say unto you by the word of miniftry and apostleship, from which the Lord, that we who are alive and Judas by transgression fell, that he remain unto the coming of the Lord, might go to his own place. Jude 6. shall not prevent then who are aAnd the angels who kept pot their feep.' v. 16. For the Lord himself firft eftate, but left their own habishall descend from heaven with a fation, he hath reserved in everlast- Mout, with the voice of the arching chains under darkness, unto the angel, and with the trump of God, judgment of the great day. v. 7.

v. 7. and the dead in Chrilt fall rise first: Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and v. 17. Then we who are alive, and the cities about them, in like man remain, Niall be caught up together ner giving themselves over to for- with them in the clouds, to meet nication, and going after strange the Lord in the air : and !o Thail we flesh, are set forth for an example, ever be with the Lord. John v. 23. Tuffering the vengeance of eternal Marvel nos at this ; for the hour is fire.

coming, in the which all that are 87..* Acts xxiv. 15. And have in the graves shall hear his voice, v.. hope towards God, which they 29. And thall eame forth, they thic themselves, also follow, that there have done good, unto the resurrec. fall be a resurrection of the dead, tion of life; they that have done e


P 3

like to his glorious body w: and the bodies of the wicked (all be raised up in dishonour by him as an offended judge m.

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

4. 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 pray,

and be ever ready for the coming of the Lord z.

Q. 89.

vil, upto the resurrection of damna- cast them down to hell, and delivertion.

ed them into chains of darkness, to w 1 Cor. xv. 21. For lince by man be reserved unto judgment. Jude 6. came death, by man came also the And the angels which kept not their resurrection of the dead. v. 22. For first estate, but left their own babias in Adam all die, even so in Christ tation, he hath reserved in everlastMall all be made alive. V. 23. But ing chains under darkness, unto the every man in his own order : Christ judgment of the great day. 1.7 the first fruits, atterwards they that Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and are Christ's, at his coming. v. 42. the cities about them, in like man. So also is the resurreclion of the ner giving themselves over to-forni. dead. It is sown in corruption, it is cation, and going after strange flesh, raised in incorruption. Vi 43. It is are set forth for an example, fuffer. sown in dishonour, it is raised in ing the vengeance of eternal fire: v. glory: it is sown in weakness, it is 14. And Enoch also, the seventh raised in power : V. 44. It is fown a from Adam, prophesied of these, natural body, it is raised a spiritual saying, Behold the Lord cometh body. Phil. iii. 21. Who shall change with ten thousands of his saiots, v. our vile body, that it may be fashion 16. To execute judgment upou all, ed like unto his glorious body, ac and to convince all that are ungodly cording to the working whereby he among them, of all their ungodly is able eren to subdue all things un. deeds which they have ungodly to himself.

committed, and of all their hard x John v. 27. And hath giren him speeches, which ungodly finners authority to execute judgment also, have spoken against him. Mat. XXV. because he is the Son of man. v. 28. 46. And these mall go away into Marvel not at this : for the hour is everlasling punishment : but the coming, in the which all that are in righteous into life eternal.' the graves shall hear his voice, v. 29. * z Mat. xxir. 36. But of that day And shall come forth, they that have and bour knoweth no man, no, not done good, unto the resurrection of the angels of heaven, but my Fa. life, and they that have done evil, ther only. v. 42. Watch therefore, into the resurrection of damnation. for ye know not what hour yeur Mat. XXV. 33. And he fall set the Lord doth come. "V. 44. Therefore theep on his right hand, but the be ye also ready: for in lach an hour goats on the left.

as you think not, the Son of man 88.9 2 Pet. ii. 4. For if God spare comerh, Luke xxi. 35. For as a fnare ed not the angels that üoned, buç snall it come on all them that dwell

« PreviousContinue »