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the invisible church have with Christ, is in this life (w), immediately after death (x), and at last perfected at the resurrection 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 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 that glory, which he is fully possessed of (2); 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 contrary, sense of God's revenging wrath, horror of conscience, and a fearful expectation of judgment, are, to the wicked, the beginning of their torments which they shall endure after death (C)
Q. 84. Shall all men die ?
mine own ways before him. Isa. raised us up together, and made 54. 10. For the mountains shallus sit together in heavenly places depart, and the hills be removed, in Christ Jesus. but my kindness shall not depart (a) Rom. 5. 5. And hope from thee, neither shall the cove- maketh not ashamed; because nant of my peace be removed, the love of God is shed abroad in saith the Lord, that hath mercy our hearts by the Holy Ghost on thee.
which is given unto us. (ru) 2 Cor. 3. 18. But we all (6) Romans 5. 1. Therefore with open face beholding, as in a being justified by faith, we have glass, the glory of the Lord, are peace with God through our Lord changed into the same image, Jesus Christ. Rom. 14. 17. For from glory to glory, even as by the kingdom of God is not meat the Spirit of the Lord.
and drink, but righteousness, and ( x) Luke 23. 43, And Jesus peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. said unto him, Verily I say unto (c) Genesis 4. 13. And Cain thee, To-day shalt thou be with said unto the Lord, My punishme in paradise.
ment is greater than I can bear. CY) 1 Thess. 4. 17. Then we Mat. 27. 4. Saying, I have sinned, which are alive and remain shall in that I have betrayed the innobe caught up together with them cent blood. And they said, What in the clouds, to meet the Lord is that to us? see thou to that. in the air : and so shall we ever Heb. 10. 27. But a certain fearful be with the Lord.
looking for of judgment, and fiery (z) Eph. 2. 5, 6. Even when indignation, which shall devour we were dead in sins hath quick- the adversaries. ened us together with Christ, (by (d) Romans 6. 23. For the grace ye are saved). And hath wages of sin is death; but the
is appointed unto all men once to die (e); for that all have sinned (f).
Q. 85. Death being the wages of sin, why are not the righteous 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 it (g), so that, 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 then enter upon (k):
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 (1), and received into the highest heavens (m),
gift of God is eternal life, through which die in the Lord, from Jesus Christ our Lord.
henceforth : yea, saith the Spirit, (e) Heb. 9. 27. And as it is that they may rest from their laappointed unto men once to die, bours ; and their works do follow but after this the judgment. them. Eph. 5. 27. That he might
(f) Rom. 5. 12. Wherefore, present it to himself a glorious as by one man sin entered into church, not having spot, or wrinthe world, and death by sin ; and kle, or any such thing; but that so death passed upon all men, for it should be holy, and without that all have sinned.
blemish. ra) i Cor. 15. 26, 55. The (k) Luke 23. 43. And Jesus last enemy that shall be destroy- said unto him, Verily I say unto ed, is death. O death, where is thee, To-day shalt thou be with thy sting? O grave, where is thyme in paradise. Philippians 1. 23. victory?
For I am in a strait betwixt two, (h) Isa, 57. 1, 2. The righteous having a desire to depart and to perisheth, and no man layeth it be with Christ : which is far bet. to heart ; and merciful men are taken away, none considering that (1) Hebrews 12. 23. To the the righteous is taken away from general assembly and church, of the evil to come. He shall enter the first-born, which are written into peace ; they shall rest in in heaven, and to God the judge their beds, each one walking in of all, and to the spirits of just his uprightness.
men made perfect. (i) Rev. 14. 13. And I heard (m) 2 Cor. 5.1. For we know a voice from heaven saying unto that if our earthly house of this me, Write, Blessed are the dead tabernacle were dissolved, we
where they behold the face of God in light and glory (n), waiting for the full redemption of their bodies (0), which even in death continue united to Christ (P), and rest in their graves as in their beds (9), till at the last day they be again united to their souls (r). Whereas the souls of the wicked are, at their death, cast into hell, where they remain in torments and utter darkness, and their bodies kept in their graves, as in their prisons, till the resurrection and judgment of the great day (s).
Q. 87. What are we to believe concerning the resurrection ?
A. 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-same 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
have a building of God, an house into peace; they shall rest in their not made with hands, eternal in beds, each one walking in his upthe heavens.
rightness. (n) 1 John 3. 2. Beloved, now (ro) Job 19. 26. And though, are we the sons of God; and it after my skin, worms destroy this doth not yet appear what we shall body, yet in my flesh shall I see be: but we know, that when he God. shall appear, we shall be like him, (8) Luke 16. 23, 24. And in for we shall see him as he is. í hell he lifted up his eyes, being Cor. 13. 12. For now we see in torments, and seeth Abraham through a glass, darkly ; but then afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. face to face: Now I know in part; And he cried, and said, Father but then shall I know even as also Abraham, have mercy on me, I am known.
and send Lazarus, that he may ro) Romans 8. 23. And not dip the tip of his finger in water only they, but ourselves also, and cool my tongue; for I am which have the first-fruits of the tormented in this fame. Jude 6. Spirit, even we ourselves groan 7. And the angels which kept within ourselves, waiting for the not their first estate, but left their adoption, to wit, the redemption own habitation, he hath reserved of our bodies. Psalms 16. 19. in everlasting chains under dark. Therefore my heart is glad, and ress, unto the judgment of the my glory rejoiceth : my flesh also great day. Even as Sodom and shall rest in hope.
Gomorrah, and the cities about (P) 1 Thess. 4. 14. For if them in like manner, giving themwe believe that Jesus died and selves over to fornication, and rose again, even so them also going after strange flesh, are set which sleep in Jesus will God forth for an example, suffering bring with him.
vengeance of eternal fire. 9) Isa. 57. 2. He shall enter Ct) Acts 24. 15. There shall
of Christ (v). The bodies of the just, by the Spirit of Christ, and by virtue of his resurrection as their head, shall be raised in power, spiritual, incorruptible, 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 (*)
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 pray, and be ever ready for the coming of the Lord (2)
be a resurrection of the dead, be fashioned like unto his glorious both of the just and unjust. body, according to the working
(v) 1 Cor. 15. 51–53. Behold, whereby he is able even to subI shew you a mystery. We shalí due all things unto himself. not all sleep, but we shall all be (x) John 5. 27. And hath changed, In a moment, in the given him authority to execute twinkling of an eye, at the last judgment also, because he is the trump ; for the trumpet shall Son of man. Mat. 25. 33. And sound, and the dead shall be rais- he shall set the sheep on his right ed incorruptible, and we shall be hand, but the goats on the left. changed. For this corruptible (y) 2 Pet. 2. 4. For if God must put on incorruption, and spared not the angels that sinned, this mortal must put on immor- but cast them down to hell, and tality. 1 Thess. 4. 16, 17. For delivered them into chains of the Lord himself shall descend darkness, to be reserved unto from heaven with a shout, with judgment. Jude 6.
And the the voice of the archangel, and angels which kept not their first with the trump of God: and the estate, but left their own habitadead in Christ shall rise first. tion, he hath reserved in everlastThen we which are alive and re. ing chains under darkness, unto main, shall be caught up together the judgment of the great day: with them in the clouds, to meet Mat. 25. 46. And these shall the Lord in the air: and so shall go away into everlasting punishwe ever be with the Lord. John ment: but the righteous into life 5. 28, 29. Marvel not at this : eternal. for the hour is coming, in the rz) Mat. 24. 36. But of that which all that are in the graves day and hour knoweth no man, shall hear his voice, And shall no, not the angels of heaven, but come forth, they that have done my Father only. Luke 21. 35, 36. good, unto the resurrection of For as a snare shall it come on life; and they that have done evil, all them that dwell on the face of unto the resurrection of damna- the whole earth. Wateh ye theretion.
fore, and pray always, that ye (w) Phil. 3. 21. Who shall may be accounted worthy to es. change our vile body, that it may cape all these things that shall
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 hand (a), and upon clear evidence, and full conviction of their own consciences (b), shall have the fearful but just sentence 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 helī, 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 (f); shall join with him in the judging of reprobate angels and men (g); and shall be received into heaven (h), where they shall be fully and for ever freed from all sin
come to pass, and to stand before God, and that obey not the gospel the Son of man.
of our Lord Jesus Christ : Who (a) Matthew 25. 33. And he shall be punished with everlasting shall set the sheep on his right destruction from the presence of hand, but the goats on the left. the Lord, and from the glory of
( 6 ) Rom. 2. 12, 16., For as his power. many as have sinned without law le) 1 Thess. 4. 17. Then we shall also perish without law; which are alive and remain shall and as many as have sinned in the be caught up together with them law shall be judged by the law; in the clouds, to meet the Lord In the day when God shall judge in the air ; and so shall we ever the secrets of men by Jesus be with the Lord. Christ, according to my gospel
. (f) Matthew 25. 33. And he ro) Mat. 25. 41. Then shall shall set the sheep on his right he say also unto them on the left hand, but the goats on the left. hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, Mat. 10. 32. Whosoerer thereinto everlasting fire, prepared for fore shall confess me before men, the devil and his angels.
him will I confess also before my (!) Luke 16. 26. And besides Father which is in heaven. all this, between us and you there (g) 1 Cor. 6. 2. Do ye not is a great gulph fixed : so that know that the saints shall judge they which would pass from the world ? and if the world shall hence to you, cannot ; neither be judged by you, are ye unwor. can they pass to us, that would thy to judge the smallest matters? come from thence. 2 Thess. 1. Ch) Mat. 25. 34. Then shall 8, 9. In flaming fire, taking ven- the King say unto them on his geance on them that know not right hand, Come, ye blessed of