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Man Sin entred into the World, and Death by Sin, and to Death passed upon all Men, for that all have finned. Q. 2. What is the first Privilege of their Bodies there?
A. 'Tis the Privilege of their Bodies to be there in Union with Christ, 1 Thef. iv. 14. Them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
Q. 3. What is their second Privilege?
A. Their Graves are Places of Reft; not Prisons, but Beds of Reft, Isa. lvii. 2. He shall enter into Peace, they shall reff in their Beds, each one walking in his Uprightness.
Q. 4. What is the first Evil they rest from?
A. All the Toils, and Troubles, and Affli&tions of this Life, Rev. xiv. 13. They may rest from their Labours, and their Works do follow them.
Q. 5. What is the second Evil they rest from?
A. They rest from all Persecutions from Men, Job iii. 17. There the wicked cease from troubling, and there the weary be at reft.
Q. 6. What is the third Evil they rest from?
A. They rest from Sin, never to feel Temptation or Inclination to Sin, Heb. xii. 23. And to the Spirits of juft Men made perfect
R. 7. How long shall the Bodies rest in the Grave?
A. Not for ever, but till the Day of the Resurrection, Job xix. 26. For though after my Skin Worms destroy this Body, yet in my Flesh shall I see God.
Q. 8. What is the first Inference from hence?
A. That Union with Christ redounds to the fingular Advantage of the Body as well as the Soul, Rom. viii. 11. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the Dead, dwell in you, be that raised up Chrif from the Dead, shall also quicken your mortal Bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
Q. 9. What is the second Inference ?
A. That Death diffolves not the Union betwixt Christ and the Souls or Bodies of his, Mat. xxii. 32. I am the God of Abraham, the God of Ifaac, and the God of Jacob; God is not the God of the Dead, but of the Living.
Q. 10. What is the third Inference ?
A. That seeing our Bodies are to have so long and so sweet rest in the Grave, we should not fpare them in God's Ser
vice now, 2 Pet. i. 13, 14. Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this Tabernacle, to jtir you up, by putting jou in Remembrance, knowing that shorily I must put off this my Tabernacl', even as our Lord Jejus Christ hath mowed me.
Q. 11. What is the fourth Inference ?
A. That Christians should neither too much fear their own, nor sorrow for others Death, Rom. viii. 38. For I am persuaded, that neither Death, nor Life, nor Angels, nor Principalities, nor Powers, -nor any other Creature fall be able to separate us from the Love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord, i Thes. iv. 13. I would not have you to be ignorant cokcerning them which are afleep, that ye forrow not even as others which have no Hope.
Of the Resurrection.
Quest. 1. Sthe Resurrection a credible Doctrine ?
A. Yes, it is, Acts xxvi. 8. Why should it be thought a Thing incredible with you, that God jould raise the Dead?
R: 2. Why then doth it feem incredible to Man?
A. Because they err, not knowing the Scriptures, and the Power of God, Mark xii. 24. Do ye not therefore érr, because ye know not the Scriptures, neither the Power of God? The Power of God assures us it may be fo, and the Word of God tells us it must be so.
Q: 3. Is it finful to doubt of the Doctrine of the Resurre&tion?
A. 'Tis not only a Sin to doubt it, but an Heresy to deny it, it being a fundamental Article, Heb. vi. 2. And of the Resurrection of the Dead, 1 Cor. xv. 13, 14. But if there be .no Resurrection of the Dead, then is Chrisi not risen; and if Chriji be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your Faith is also vain.
Q. 4. Who must rise again at the Refurrection ?
A. All Men, good and bad, must rise again, A&s xxiv. 15. And bave Hope towards God, which they themselves also allow, that there hall be a Resurrection of the Dead, both of the Just and the Unjust, Rev. xx. 12, 13, 14. And I saw the Dead small and great, stand before God, &c.
Q. 5: What is the first Difference betwixt the Resurrection of the Just and the Unjuft?
A. Saints sile by virtue of their Union with Christ, Rom. viii. 11. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jefus from the Dead dwell in you; be that raised up Cbrist from the Dead, shall also quicken your mortal Bodies by his Spirit ihat dwelleth in jólk'. But the Wicked by his Pouer.
Q. 6. What is the second Difference?
A. The second and main Difference will be in the contrary Ends to which they rise, some to Life, and fome to Condemnation, Dan. xii. 2. And many of thein that sleep in the Duft of the Earth shall awake, fome to everlasting Life, and Jome to Shame, and everlasting Contempt.
Q: 7: What is the Glory to which Saints Bedies shall be railed ?
A. In the Likeness of Christ's glorious Body, Phil. iii. 21. W'ho fall change our vile Body, ikat it may be fashioned like to his glorious Body.
Q. 8. What is the first Inference from hence ? A. That every Man should strive to the uttermoft to attain to the Resurrection of the juft, Phil, iii. 10, 11. That I may know him, and the Power of his Resurrection, and the Fillowship of the Sufferings, being made conformable unto bis Death, if by any Means I might attain to the Resurrection of the Dead.
Q. 9. What is the second Inference ?
A, Comfort to them that now groan under manifold Diltempers, and Deformities of Body; they being made equal to Angels, Mark xii. 25. For when they fall rise from the Dead, they neither marry, nor are given in Marriage, but are as the Angels which are in Heaven.
Q. 10. What is the third Inference?
A. Get Union with Christ by Faith, as you expect a joyful Resurrection, John xi. 25. Jesus said unto her, I am the Resurrection, and ihe Life ; be ibat believeth in me, though be quere dead, yet shall be live.
Q. 11. What is the fourth Inference ?
A. Saints should not fear Death, Gen. xlvi. 3. Fear not to go down into Egypt,
Q. 12. What is the last Inference?
Of Christ's acknowledging Believers.
HAT Benefits do Believers receive from Questo 38. WHAT Behefredor Believers receive from
A. At the Resurrection Believers being raised up in Glory, shall be openly acknowledged, and acquitted in the Day of Judgment, and made perfectly blessed in the full enjoynient of God to all Eternity.
Q. 1. What is it to be acknowledged by Christ?
A. It is Christ's owning of the special Relation betwixt him and them, Mat. xxv. 34. Come je blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for jou from :le Foundation of the World.
Q. 2. Whom will Christ acknowledge for his ?
A. Such as confefs Christ now, Mat. x. 32. Whosoever therefore shall confess me before Men, bim will I confefs also before my Father which is in Heaven:
Q. 3. Before whom will Christ confess them?
A. Before his Father, Angels, and Men, Rev. iii. 5. He that overcometh, the fame Ball be cloathed in white Raiment, and I will not blot out his Name out of the Book of Life, but I will confefs bis Name before my Father, and before Angels.
Q. 4. Who shall be denied by Christ in that Day?
A. All that now deny Chriit, thall be denied by him, 2 Tim. ji. 12. If we deny him, he also will deny us.
Q. 5. Why will Chriit openly acknowledge them ?
A. To wipe off all Aspersions and Censures that now are cast upon them, Isa. lxvi. 5. Your Brethren that hated you, that cat jou out for my Name's sake, said, Let the Lord be glorified; but he shall appear to your Joy, and they shall be ashamed.
Q. 6. What will be the Effect of Christ's Acknowledge ment?
A. It will put a full End to all Doubts, Fears, and Jealoufies of themselves, 1 Cor. iv. 3, 4. But with me it is a very small Thing that I lhould be judged of you, or of Man's Judgment ; pea, I judge not my own felf, for I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby jullified, but be that judgeth me is the Lord.
Q. 7. What other Effect will it produce in them?
A. Joy unspeakable and transcendent: hence called time of refreshing, Acts iii. 19. When the time of refreshing Jhall come from the Presence of the Lord.
Q. 8. Is this the only time Christ acknowledgeth them?
A. No, he acknowledgeth them by his Spirit's Testimony now; but that's private in their Bosoms, Rom. viii. 16. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our Spirits, that we are the Children of God.
Q. 9. What is the first Inference from hence ?
A. To warn all how they pass rash Censures on Chrift's Servants, Psal. lxxiii. 15. If I say, I will speak thus, Behold I pould offend against the Generation of thy Children.
Q. 10. What is the second Inference ?
A. Let none be afraid or ashamed to confess 'the Person, Office, or any Truth of Christ, for any Loss or Danger, that may threaten them, Luke xii, 8, 9. Also I say unto you, Whosoever fall confefs me before Men, bim fall the Son of Man also confess before the Angels of God. But he that denieth me before Men, shall be denied before the Angels of God.
Q. 11. What is the third Inference ?
A. Let Christians abound in good Works. Every A&t of Charity for Christ, hall be acknowledged by him in the Day of Judgment, Mat. xxv. 35. For I was an hungred, and ye gave me Meat; I was thirsity, and ye gave me Drink; I was a Stranger, and ye took me in.
Q. 12. What is the last Inference ?
A. Let all Christians love and long for the Day of Christ's appearing, 2 Tim. iv. 8. Henceforth there is laid up for-me a Crown of Righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge Jhall give me at that Day, and not to me only, but unto them also that love his appearing.
Of Christ's acquitting Believers.
A. It is to be discharged and cleared from all the Guilt of Sin, and Punishment due to it by the Law, upon the Account of Christ's Righteousness imputed by God, and received' by Faith, Rom, v. 1. Therefore being juftified by Faith, we have Peace with God, throngh our Lord Jesus Chrijl,