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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'; the day and hour whereof no man knoweth, that all may watch and pray, and be ever ready for the coming of the Lord ?.
Q. 89. What shall be done to the wicked at the day of judgment ?
Ă. At the day of judgment, the wicked shall be set on Christ's left handa, and, upon clear evidence, and full conviction of their own consciences b, shall have the fearful but every man in his own order; Christ dom and Gomorrha, and the cities a. the first-fruits, afterward they that bout them, in like manner giving are Christ's at his coming. Ver. 42. themselves over to fornication, and So also is the resurrection of the dead. going after strange flesh, are set forth It is sown in corruption, it is raised in for an example, suffering the ven. incorruption : Ver. 43. It is sown geance of eternal fire. Ver. 14. And in dishonour, it is raised in glory: it Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, is sown in weakness, it is raised in prophesied of these, saying, Behold, power : Ver. 44. It is sown a natural the Lord cometh with ien thousands body, it is raised a spiritual body. of his saints, Ver. 15. To execute Phil. iii. 21." Who shall change our judgment upon all, and to convince all vile body, that it may be fashioned that are ungodly among them of all like unto his glorious body, according their ungodly deeds which they have to the working whereby he is able ungodly committed, and of all their even to subdue all things unto him- hard speeches which ungodly sinners self.
have spoken against him. Mat. xxv. * John v. 27. And hath given him 46. And these shall go away into ever. authority to execute judgment also, lasting punishment: but the righteous because he is the Son of man. Ver. into life eternal. 28. Marvel not at this; for the hour is 2 Mat. xxiv. 56. But of that day coming, in the which all that are in and hour knoweth no man, no, not the graves shall hear his voice, Ver. the angels of heaven, but my Father 29. And shall come forth; they that only. Ver. 42. Watch therefore, for lave done good, unto the resurrection ye know not what hour your Lord of life ; and they that have done evil, doth come. Ver. 44. Therefore be unto the resurrection of danuation. ye also ready : for in such an hour as Mat. xxv. 33. And he shall set the ye think not, the Son of man cometh. sheep on his right hand, but the goats Luke xxi. 35. For as a snare shall it on the left.
come on all them that dwell on the 88. y 2 Pet. ii. 4. For if God spa- face of the whole earth. Ver. 36. red not the angels that sinned, but cast Watch ye therefore, and pray always, them down to hell, and delivered them that ye may be accounted worthy to into chains of darkness, to be reserved escape all these things that shall come unto judgment. Jude, Ver. 6. And to pass, and to stand before the Son the angels which kept not their first of man. estate, but left their own habitation, 89. a Matt. xxv. 33. And he shall he hath reserved in everlasting chains, set the sheep on his right hand, but under darkness, unto the judgment of the goats on the left. the great day: Ver. 7. Even as So. b Rom. ii. 15. Which shew the
just sentence of condemnation pronounced against them; 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?
A. 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', shall join with him in the judging of reprobate angels and men 8, and shall be received into heaven", where they shall be fully and for ever freed from all sin and misery:; filled with work of the law written in their and so shall we ever be with the hearts, their conscience also bearing Lord. witness, and their thoughts the mean f Matt. xxv. 33. And he shall set while accusing or else excusing one the sheep on his right hand, but the another. Ver. 16. In the day when goats on the left. Mat. x. 32. WhosoGod shall judge the secrets of men by ever therefore shall confess me before Jesus Christ, according to my gospel. men, him will I confess also before my
c Mat. xxv. 41. Then shall he say Father which is in heaven. also unto them on the left hand, De- & 1 Cor. vi. 2. Do ye not know part from me, ye cursed, into ever. that the saints shall judge the world? lasting fire, prepared for the devil and and if the world shall be judged by his angels. ' Ver. 42. For I was an you, are ye unworthy to judge the hungered, and ye gave me no meat: smallest matters ? Ver. 3. Know ye I was thirsty, and ye gave me no not that we shall judge angels? how drink : Ver. 43. I was a stranger, much more things that pertain to this and ye took me not in: naked, and ye life? clothed me not; sick, and in prison, * Matt. XXV. 34. Then shall the and ye visited me not.
King say unto them on his right hand, d Luke xvi. 26. And besides all Come, ye blessed of my Father, in. this, between us and you there is a herit the kingdom prepared for you great gulf fixed; so that they which from the foundation of the world. would pass from hence to you cannot;
Ver. 46. And these shall go away neither can they pass to us that would into everlasting punishment: but the come from thence. 2 Thess. i. 8. In righteous into life eternal. flaming fire, taking vengeance on i Eph. v. 27. That he might prethem that know not God, and that sent it to himself a glorious church, obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus not having spot, or wrinkle, or any Christ : Ver. 9. Who shall be punish- such thing; but that it should be holy, ed with everlasting destruction from and without blemish. Rev. xiv. 13. the presence of the Lord, and from And I heard a voice from heaven, saythe glory of his power.
ing unto me, Write, Blessed are the 90. e 1 Thess. iv. 17. Then we dead which die in the Lord, from which are alive and remain shall be henceforth : Yea, saith the Spirit, that caught upgogether with them in the they may rest from their labours; and clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: their works do follow them.
inconceivable joys *, made perfectly holy and happy both in body and soul, in the company of innumerable saints and holy angels", 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 concerning God, it follows to consider what they require as the Duty of Man.
Q. 91. What is the duty which God requireth of man?
A. The duty which God requireth of man is, obedience to his revealed will ".
Q. 92. What did God at first reveal unto man, as the rule of his obedience ?
A. The rule of obedience revealed to Adam in the estate of innocence, and to all mankind in him, besides a special
k Psal. xvi. 11. Thou wilt shew me clouds, to meet the Lord in the air ; the path of life: in thy presence is ful- and so shall we ever be with the Lord. ness of joy, at thy right hand there Ver. 18. Wherefore comfort one ano. are pleasures for evermore.
ther with these words. 1 Heb. xii. 22. But ye are come un
91. n Rom. xii. 1. I beseech you to mount Sion, and into the city of therefore, brethren, by the mercies cf the living God, the heavenly Jerusa- God, that ye present your bodies a lem, and to an innumerable company living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto of angels, Ver. 23. To the general as. Ged, which is your reasonable service. sembly and church of the first-born, Ver. 2. And be not conformed to this which are written in heaven, and to world ; but be ye transformed by the God the judge of all, and to the spirits renewing of your mind, that ye may of just men made perfect.
prove what is that good, and acceptam 1 John iii. 2. Beloved, now are ble, and perfect will of God. Micah we the sons of God; and it doth not vi. 8. He hath shewed thee, O man, yet appear what we shall be: but we what is good; and what doth the know that, when he shall appear, we Lord require of thee, but to do justly, shall be like him ; for we shall see him and to love mercy, and to walk bumas he is. 1 Cor. xiii. 12. For now we bly with thy. God? 1 Sam. xv. 22. see through a glass, darkly; but then And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as face to face : now I know in part; great delight in burnt-offerings and sabut then shall I know even as also I crifices, as in obeying the voice of the am known. 1 Thess, iv. 17. Then we Lord ? Behold, to obey is better than which are alive and remain shall be sacrifice; and to hearken than the far caught up together with them in the of rams.
command not to eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, was the moral law •
Q. 93. What is the moral law ?
A. The moral law is the declaration of the will of God to mankind, directing and binding every one to personal, perfect, and perpetual conformity and obedience thereunto, in the frame and disposition of the whole man, soul and body, and in performance of all those duties of holiness and righteousness which he oweth to God and man 9: promising life upon the fulfilling, and threatening death upon the breach of it?
92. o Gen. i. 26. And God said, stand thou here by me, and I will Let us make man in our image, af. speak unto thee all the commandter our likeness: and let them have ments, and the statutes, and the judg. dominion over the fish of the sea, and ments, which thou shalt teach them, over the fowl of the air, and over the that they may do them in the land cattle, and over all the earth, and over which I give them to possess it. Ver. every creeping thing that creepeth up- 33. Ye shall walk in all the ways on the earth. Ver. 27. So God created which the Lord your God hath com. man in his own image, in the image manded you, that ye may live, and that of God created he hirn; male and fe- it may be well with you, and that ye male created he them. Rom. ii. 14. may prolong your days in the land For when the Gentiles, which have which ye shall possess. Luke x. 26. not the law, do by nature the things He said unto him, What is written in contained in the law, these, having the law ? how readest thou ? Ver. 27. not the law, are a law unto themselves: And he answering, said, Thou shalt Ver. 15. Which shew the work of the love the Lord thy God with all thy law written in their hearts, their con- heart, and with all thy soul, and with science also bearing witness, and their all thy strength, and with all thy thoughts the mean while accusing or mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. else excusing one another. Rom. x. 5. Gal. iii. 10. For as many as are of tbe For Moses describeth the righteous. works of the law are under the curse : ness which is of the law, That the for it is written, Cursed is every one man which doeth those things shall that continueth not in all things which live by them. Gen. ii. 17. But of the are written in the book of the law to free of the knowledge of good and evil, do ihem. 1 Thes. v. 23. And the very thou shalı not eat of it: for in the day God of peace sanctify you wholly: that thou eatest thereof thou shalt and I pray God your whole spirit and surely die.
soul and body be preserved blameless 93. p Deut. v. 1. And Moses called unto the coming of our Lord Jesus all Israel, and said unto them, Hear, Christ. O Israel, the statutes and judgments q Luke i. 75. In holiness and righ. which I speak in your ears this day, teousness before him, all the days of that ye may learn them, and keep, and our life. Acts xxiv. 16 And herein do them. Ver. 2. The Lord our God do I exercise myself, to have always made a covenant with us in Horeb. a conscience void of offence toward Ver. 3. The Lord made not this cove- God, and toward men, nant with our fathers, but with us, r Rom. x. 5. For Moses describeth even us, who are all of us here alive the righteousness which is of the law, this day. Ver. 31. But as for thee, That the man which doeth those
Q. 94. Is there any use of the moral law to man since the fall ?
A. Although no man, since the fall, can attain to righteousness and life by the moral law, yet there is great use thereof, as well common to all men, as peculiar either to the unregenerate, or the regenerate .
Q. 95. Of what use is the moral law to all men ?
A. The moral law is of use to all men, to inform them of the holy nature and will of God", and of their duty, binding them to walk accordingly w; to convince them of their disability to keep it, and of the sinful pollution of their nature, hearts, and lives *; to humble them in the sense of their sin and misery", and thereby help them to a clearer things shall live by them. Gal. iii. 10. Lord your God. Ver. 8. And ye shall For as many as are of the works of keep my statutes, and do them : I am the law are under the curse : for it is the Lord which sanctify you. Rom. written, Cursed is every one that con- vii. 12. Wherefore the law is holy; tinueth not in all things which are and the commandment holy, and just, written in the book of the law to do and good. them. Ver. 12. And the law is not of w Micah vi. 8. He hath shewed faith : but, The man that doeth them thee, O man, what is good ; and what shall live in them.
doth the Lord require of thee, but to 94. s Rom. viii. 3. For what the do justly, and to love mercy, and to law could not do, in that it was weak walk humbly with thy God? James ii. through the flesh, God sending his 10. For whosoever shall keep the own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, whole law, and yet offend in one point, and for sin condemned sin in the flesh. he is guilty of all. Ver. 11. For lie Gal. ii. 16. Knowing that a man is that said, Do not commit adultery, not justified by the works of the law, said also, Do not kill. Now, if thou bat by the faith of Jesus Christ, even commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, we have believed in Jesus Christ, thou art become a transgressor of the that we might be justified by the faith law. of Christ, and not by the works of * Psal. xix. 11. Moreover, by them the law : for by the works of the law is thy servant warned: and in keepshall no flesh be justified.
ing of them there is great reward. t1 Tim. i. 8. But we know that Ver. 12. Who can understand his the law is good, if a man use it law- errors ? cleanse thou me from secret fully.
faults. Rom. iji. 20. Therefore by the 95. u Lev. xi. 44. For I am the deeds of the law there shall no flesh Lord your God: ye shall therefore be justified in his sight : for by the law sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be is the knowledge of sin. Rom. vii. 7. holy; for I am holy: neither shall ye What shall we say then? Is the law defile yourselves with any manner of sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known creeping thing that creepeth upon the sin but by the law: for I had not earth. Ver. 45. For I am the Lord known lust, except the law had said, that bringerh you up out of the land Thou shalt not covet. of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall y Rom. iii. 9. What then? are we therefore be holy; for I am holy better than they ? No, in no wise : for Lev. xx. 7. Sanctify yourselves there. we have before proved both Jews and fore, and be ye holy; for I am the Gentiles, that they are all under sin.