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They shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to everlasting shame and contempt, &c. Dan. xii, 2, 3.
They shall come forth, they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. John v, 28, 29.
What will be the sentence and condition of the righteous? Ye which have followed me in the regeneration shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. Matt. xix, 28. Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. Matt. xxv, 34. We shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 1 John iii, 2. They sung a new song, saying,-Thou hast redeemed us, and made us to our God, Kings and Priests. Rev. v, 9, 10,
These are they which came out of great tribulation, &c. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: &c. Rev. vii, 14, 17.
They sing the song of Moses, and the song of the Lamb. Rev. xv, 3, 1 saw the souls of them which had not worshipped the beast, &c. and they lived and reigned with Christ. Rev. xx, 4.
What will be the sentence and condition of the wicked? Their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. Isa. lxvi, 24; Mark ix, 44.
The children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Matt. viii, 12. And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Matt. xiii, 42, 50.
The man without a wedding garment was cast into outer darkness, &c. Matt. xxii, 13.
And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the
hypocrites: &c. Matt. xxiv, 51.
Cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness, &c. Matt.xxv, 30. Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire. Matt. xxv, 41. Treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath. Rom. ii, 5. Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord. 2 Thess. i, 8, 9.
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. Rev. vi, 16.
He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone, &c. Rev. xiv, 10, 11. Shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone; which is the second death. Rev. xxi, 8.
How fearful and how inevitable!
They shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the Lord. Isa. ii, 19.
They shall say to the mountains, Cover us! and to the hills, Fall on us! Hosea x, 8.
Can thine heart endure, or can thy hands be strong, in the days that I shall deal with thee? Ezek. xxii, 14. Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings? Isa. xxxiii, 14. There are only two descriptions of persons in the world, the righteous and the wicked;-you have heard the end of both. Choose you now whom you will serve. If you would die the death of the righteous, prepare for it, by living his life.
Remember, that he who will be your Judge, is the same Saviour who is now your Mediator. Make him your friend, and you will have nothing to fear. Let the terrors of that awful day, which will surely come, and may surprise you suddenly, induce you to begin in earnest, to prepare to meet your God. When Paul reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled. Acts xxiv, 25. Do you tremble? If you do, check not the salutary fear; do not, like Felix, put off the consideration of those important matters to a more convenient opportunity, which in your case, as in his, may never arrive. Delay not an hour to listen to the voice of wisdom, lest your angry and insulted Judge address you in that bitter reproach:Because I have called, and ye have refused, &c. Prov. i, 24, 31.
Seek now for pardon and acceptance, that it may be well with you in that day:
Pray that you may be made meet to be partakers of the inheritance with the saints in light. Col. i, 12.
Give diligence to make your calling and election sure. 2 Pet. i, 10. That so an entrance may be administered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Pet. i, 11.
Collect, 1st Sunday in Advent.--Grant that when he shall come in his glorious majesty to judge both the quick and dead, we may rise to the life immortal.
3d Sunday in Advent.---Grant that at thy second coming to judge the world, we may be found an acceptable people in thy sight. 6th Sunday after Epiphany.--Grant that when he shall appear again with power and great glory, we may be made like unto him.
What is the next article in the Creed?
What is meant by the Holy Ghost?
Ghost is the same as Spirit. The Holy Ghost, or Holy Spirit, is the Third Person in the Godhead, "the Lord and Giver of Life, proceeding from the Father and the Son:" He is uncreated, subsisting of himself, which can be said of none but God," and with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified." God is a Spirit. John iv, 24.
Why is the Holy Ghost called a Person?
Because those attributes and expressions which apply to distinct persons, are used in the Scriptures when speaking of him. He is said to understand, to will, to give, to call, to do, to come, to send, to speak, to hear, &c. which all imply personality.
He appeared in a visible shape.
Luke iii, 22; Acts ii, 3. He gave the Apostles tongues. Acts ii, 4-8.
He enabled them to work many signs and wonders. Acts ii, 43. The Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip. Acts viii, 39.
It seemed good to the Holy Ghost, &c. Acts xv, 28.
Gives men wisdom, knowledge, faith, the gifts of healing, the working of miracles, prophecy, the discerning of spirits, divers kinds of tongues, and the interpretation of tongues. 1 Cor. xii, 8, 9, 10.
He divides these severally as he will. 1 Cor. xii, 11.
Christ cast out Devils by the Spirit of God. Matt. xii, 28.
What proof have you that the Holy Ghost is God?
The various attributes and works of God are ascribed to him and he is expressly called God in the Scriptures. 1. Creation is ascribed to him.
The Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. Gen. i, 2. By his Spirit he hath garnished the heavens. Job xxvi, 13.
The Spirit of God hath made me. Job xxxiii, 4.
All the host of [heaven were made] by the breath (or Spirit) of his
mouth. Ps. xxxiii, 6.
Thou sendest forth thy Spirit: they are created. Ps. civ, 30.
Whither shall 1 go from thy Spirit? Ps. cxxxix, 7.
Through him we both (Paul at Rome and the Christians at Ephesus) have access by one Spirit. Eph. ii, 18.
Who hath directed the Spirit of the Lord, or, being his counsellor, hath taught him, &c. Isa. xl, 13, 14.
The Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 1 Cor. ii, 10.
The things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. 1 Cor. ii, 11. The Holy Ghost commands and appoints.
Acts xiii, 2.
The Spirit said unto Philip, go near, &c.
He forbids and prevents.
Acts xiii, 4.
They were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia. Acts xvi, 6.
They assayed to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit suffered them not. Acts xvi, 7.
We are baptized in his name.
Baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Matt. xxviii, 19.
We are blessed in his name, as one of the Trinity. The Lord bless thee and keep thee; the Lord make his face shine
upon thee; the Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. Numb. vi, 24--26.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost be with you all. 2 Cor. xiii, 14. Compare the following passages of Scripture, for a further proof of his divinity.
The Lord said---Hear ye indeed, but understand not, &c. Isa. vi, 9. Well spake the Holy Ghost, saying, Hearing, ye shall hear, and shall not understand; &c. Acts xxviii, 25, 26.
[The Israelites in the wilderness] tempted the Lord. Exod. xvii, 7. As the Holy Ghost saith-Harden not your hearts as in--the day of temptation in the wilderness, when your fathers tempted me. Heb. iii, 7-9.
This shall be the covenant that I will make---saith the Lord. Jer. xxxi, 33.
Whereof the Holy Ghost is a witness to us, saying---This is the covenant that I will make. Heb. x, 15, 16.
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God. 2 Tim. iii, 16.
Holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
2 Pet. i, 21.
Why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost? Acts v, 3. Thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. Acts v, 4.
The temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. 1 Cor. iii, 17. Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost? 1 Cor. vi, 19.
Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Matt. iv, 7.
How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the
Lord? Acts V, 9.
There is none good but one, that is God.
Matt. xix, 17.
Good Spirit, Neh. ix, 20; Ps. cxliii, 10. Spirit of God, Gen. i, 2; Matt. xii, 28. Holy Spirit, Luke xi,13. Holy Spirit of Promise, Eph. i, 13. Spirit of Truth, John xiv, 17; John xv,26; xvi,13. Quickening Spirit, 1 Pet. iii, 18. Spirit of Adoption, Rom. viii, 15. Spirit of Holiness, Rom. i, 4. Spirit of the Lord; Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding; Spirit of Counsel and Might; Spirit of Knowledge and Fear of the Lord; ls. xi, 2. Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation, Eph. i, 17. Holy Ghost, Matt. xii, 32; Mark i, 8. The Spirit, Mark i, 12; Luke ii, 27; Spirit of Christ, Rom. viii, 9; 1 Pet. i, 11. Spirit of Liberty, 2 Cor. iii, 17. Promise of the Father, Luke xxiv, 49; Acts i, 4, Comforter, John xiv, 16; xv, 26; xvi, 7. Spirit of Grace, Heb. x,29; Zech. xii, 10. Spirit of Glory, 1 Pet. iv, 14. Spirit of Life, Rom. viii, 2. Spirit of Grace and Supplication,
Zech. xii, 10. Searcher of the things of God, 1 Cor. ii, 10. The Holy Spirit is named above three hundred times in the Old and New Testaments.
When is the descent of the Holy Ghost celebrated?
On Whitsunday, which is the Anniversary of the Day of Pentecost, when the disciples being all with one accord in one place, they were all suddenly filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Is the Holy Ghost necessary to meu?
Yes. Without him we cannot worship God acceptably, nor be regenerated, nor live a holy life.
They that worship God must worship him in Spirit. John iv, 24. They that are after the Spirit, [do mind] the things of the Spirit. Rom. viii, 5.
If any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. Rom.
As many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
Rom. viii, 14.