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world. 41. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; 42. And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father.
Matt. xxv. 31. When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory. 32. And before him shall be gathered all nations; and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth the sheep from the goats: 33. And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. 34. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 41. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels. 46. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into life eternal.
John v. 26. For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; 28. Marvel not at this : for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, 29. And shall come forth, they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.
Matt. xi. 21. 'Wo unto thee, Chorazin! wo unto thee Bethsaida! for if the mighty works which were done in you, had been done in 'Tyre and Sidon they would have repented long ago in dust and ashes. 22. But I say unto you, it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment than for you.
2 Peter iii. 3. There shall come in the last days scoffers walking after their own lusts, 4. And saying, where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. 5. For this they willingly
are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water, and in the water. 6. Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water perished. 7. But the heavens and the carth which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment, and perdition of ungodly men. 8. But beloved, be not iguorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand
years as one day. 11. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 12. Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat: 13. Nevertheless we, according to his promiso, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelloth righteousness. See Acts i. 11. i Thess, ir, 14-18.
See also the Proofs to the 51st Answer,
79th Q.-What is the nature of the worship which God requires of man ?
A.-It is spiritual : God requires us to worship him in spirit and in truth; and this may be without limitation to time or place, for worship, being an act of the soul towards God who is a Spirit, does not necessarily require the intervention of bodily exercise to make it acceptable to him.
John iv. 21. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem worship the Father. 23. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24. God is a Spirit, and they that worship him, must wore ship him in spirit and in truth.
Phil. iii. 3. For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.
80th Q.-Though worship is not limited to time or place, is it not our duty to meet together at certain times publicly, to worship God?
A.-It is incumbent on us to meet together for public worship, as a testimony of our duty to God, and of our dependance on him for a renewal of our spiritual strength, as also to hold forth the nature of the true worship to others.
Psalm xcvi. 7. Give unto the Lord, O ye kindreds of the people, 8. The glory due unto his name: bring an offering and come into his courts. 9. O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness ; fear before him all the earth.
Psalm lxxxvi. 9. All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord: and shall glorify thy name.
Rom. xii. 1. I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Heb. x. 24. And let us consider one another, to provoke unto love, and to good works: 25. Not for. saking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is.
Rev. xv. 4. Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee.
81st Q.—What is our duty when thus assembled together?
A.--To wait upon the Lord in silence, and endeavour to preserve the mind from dwelling on thoughts which arise from the activity of the imagination; that the life and power of Christ may be felt to calm the soul, to bring every thought into subjection, to produce a real inward silence, and afford a true sense of its state; when even a single sigh, arising from such a sense, will be acceptable to God, because of his own begetting; for it is only his own works that can praise him.
Psal. xxvii. 14. Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.
Psal. Ixii. 5. My soul, wait thou only upon God: fer my expectation is from him. 6. He only is my rock and my salvation.
Psal. xlvi. 10. Be still, and know that I am God.
Isaiah xli. 1. Keep silence before me, O islands, and let the people renew their strength.
Isaiah xl. 28. Hąst thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the creator of the ends of the earth fainteth not, neither is weary?, there is no searching of his understanding. 29. Ile giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. 30. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men utterly fall. 31. But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint.
Isaiah li. 5. The isles shall wait upon me, and on my arm shall they trust.
Rom. viii. 26. Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our + infirmities; for we know not what we should pray for
as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.