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Q. 84. Shall all men die ?

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Q. 86. What adversaries. Rom. ii. 9. Tribulation and merciful men are taken away, and anguish upon every soul of man none considering that the righteous that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and is taken away from the evil to come. also of the Gentile. Mark ix. 44. Ver. 2. He shall enter into peace, Where their worm dieth not, and they shall rest in their beds, each the fire is not quenched.

one walking in his uprightness

. 84. d Rom. vi. 23. For the wages of sin is death: but the gift of God I will gather thee unto thy fathers, is eternal life, through Jesus Christ and thou shalt be gathered into

thy grave in peace, and thine eyes e Heb. ix. 27. And as it is ap shall not see all the evil which I pointed unto men once to die, but will bring upon this place. after this the judgment.

i Rev. xiv. 13. And I heard a f Rom. v. 12. Wherefore, as by voice from heaven, saying unto one man sin entered into the world, me, Write, Blessed are the dead and death by sin; and so death which die in the Lord, from passed upon all men, for that all henceforth : Yea, saith the Spirit, have sinned.

85. & 1 Cor. xv. 26. The last labours ; and enemy that shall be destroyed is follow them. Eph. v. 27. That death. * Ver. 55. O death! where he might present it to himself a is thy sting? O grave! where is thy glorious church, not having spot, victory? Ver. 56. The sting of death or wrinkle, or any such thing; but is sin; and the strength of sin is the that it should be holy, and without law. Ver. 57. But thanks be to blemish. God, which giveth us the victory, k Luke xxiii. 43. And Jesus said through our Lord Jesus Christ. unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Heh. ii. 15. And deliver them who To day shalt thou be with me in through fear of death were all their paradise. Phil. i, 23. For I am in lifetime subject to bondage.

a strait betwixt two, having a de. h Isa. lvii. 1. The righteous perish sire to depart, and to be wich eth, and no man layeth. it to heart; Christ; which is far better

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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', and received into the highest heavens m, where they behold the face of God in light and glory", waiting for the full redemption of their bodies which even in death continue united to Christ, and rest in their graves as in their beds?, till at the last day they be again united to their souls".

Whereas 86. ! Heb. xii. 23. To the general doth not yet appear what we shall assembly and church of the first be: but we know that, when he born, which are written in heaven, shall appear, we shall be like him; and to God the judge of all, and to

for we shall see him as he is. the spirits of just men made perfect. 1 Cor. xiii. 12. For now we see

m.2. Cor. v. 1. For we know, through a glass, darkly; but then that

, if our earthly house of this face to face: now I know in part; tabernacle were dissolved, we have but then shall I know even as also a building of God, an house not

I am known. made with hands, eternal in the o Rom. viii. 23. And not only heavens. Ver. 6. Therefore

they, but ourselves also, which have are always confident, knowing that the first-fruits of the Spirit, even whilst we are at honie in the body,

we ourselves groan within ourselves, are absent from the Lord. waiting for the adoption, to wit, Ver. 8. We are confident, I say,

the redemption of our body. Psal. and willing rather to be absent xvi. 9. Therefore my heart is glad, from the body, and to be present

and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh with the Lord. Phil. i. 23. For also shall rest in hope. I am in a strait betwixt two,

P 1 Thess. iv. 14. For if we be. a desire to depart, and to

lieve that Jesus died, and rose again, be with Christ; which is far better.

even so them also which sleep in Compared with Acts ïïi. 21. Whom Jesus will God bring with him. the heaven must receive until the

9 Isa, lvii. 2. He shall enter in. times of restitution of all things,

to peace; they shall rest in their

beds, each one walking in his up. mouth of all his holy prophets rightness. since the world began.' And with

I Job xix. 26. And though after Eph. iv. 10. He that descended

my skin worms destroy this body, is the same also that ascended up

yet in my flesh shall I see God: far above all heavens, that he might

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U1 Cor. xv. 51, Behold, I shew phin Christ shall you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, Ver. 23. But but we shall all be changed, Ver. 52. coder; Christ the eye, at the last trump: (for the Ver42, shall be changed. Ver. 53. For this. 43. It is s remain unto the coming of the Lord, fly, that it has up together with them in the clouds, flutning, in the

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Whereas the souls of the wicked are at their death cast into bike, spiritual. ir hell, where they remain in torments and utter darkness, a body and : till the resurrection and judgment of the great day,

Q. 87. What are we to believe concerning the resurrection?

Å. We are to believe, that at the last day there shall be feel and finali a general resurrection of the dead, both of the just and thereof mo unjust ' : 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 of what they ebay Christų. The bodies of the just, by the Spirit of Christ, and

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his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. Ver. 24. In a moment, in the twinkling of an And he cried, and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send

trumpet shall sound,) and the dead Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of shall be raised incorruptible, and we his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this

corruptible

must put on incorruption is based fame. Acts i. 25. That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, mortality. 1 Thess. iv. 15. For this from which Judas by transgression

we say unto you by the word of the fell, that he might go to his own Lo that we which are alive, and place. Jude, Ver. 6. And the angels which kept not their first shall not prevent them which are estate, but left their own habita

asleep. Ver. 16. For the Lord tion, he hath reserved in everlast himself shall descend from heaven ing chains, under darkness, unto with a shout, with the voice of the the judgment of the great day. archangel, and with the trump

of Ver. 7. Even as Sodom and Go God; and the dead in Christ shall morrha, and the cities about them, rise first : Ver. 17. Then we which in like manner giving themselves are alive and remain shall be caught

over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an

to meet the Lord in the air: and example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

John v. 28. Marvel not at this; 87. { Acts xxiv. 15. And have for the hour is coming, in the hope towards God, which they which all that are in the graves themselves also allow, that there

shall hear his voice, Ver. 29. And shall be a resurrection of the dead, shall come forth; they that have both of the just and unjust. done good, unto the resurrection

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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'; 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 of life; and they that have done 88. Y 2 Pet. ii. 4. For if God evil

, unto the resurrection of damna. spared not the angels that sinned, tion.

but cast them down to hell, and 1 Cor. xv. 21. For since by delivered them into chains of darkman came death, by man

ness, to be reserved unto judgment. also the resurrection of the dead. Jude, Ver. 6. And the argels Ver

. 22. For as in Adam all die, which kepi nòt their first estate, even 50 in Christ shall all be made but left their own habitation, he alive. Ver. 23. But every man in

hath reserved in everlasting chains, his own order; Christ the first-fruits, under darkness, unto the judgment afterward they that are Christ's at

of the great day : Ver. 7. Even his coming. 'Ver. 42. So also is the Sodom and Gomorrha, and resurrection of the dead. It is sown

the cities about theni, in like in corruption, it is raised in incorrup- manner giving themselves over to tion : Ver

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, it is raised in glory: it is flesh, are set forth for an example, sown in weakness, it is raised in suffering the vengeance of eternal power: Ver. 44. It is sown a natural fire. Ver. 14. And Enoch also, body, it is raised a spiritual body. the seventh from Adam, prophesied Phil. iii. 21. Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned

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Q. 89. What shall be done to the wicked at the day of de gala judgment ? but 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

i tre soul, with the devil and his angels for ever". judgment ?

X. At the day of judgment, the righteous, being caught up to Christ in the clouds, shall be set on his right hand,

and Therefore be ye also ready: for in For I was an hungered, and ye such an hour as ye think not the gave me no meat : I was thirsty, Son of man cometh. Luke xxi. 35.

and ye gave me no drink : Ver. 43. For as a snare shall it come on all

I was a stranger, and ye took me them that dwell on the face of not in: naked, and ye clothed me the whole earth. Ver. 36. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, visited me not. that ye may be accounted worthy Luke xvi. 26. And besides all to escape all these things that shall this, between us and you there come to pass, and to stand before

is a great gulf fixed the Son of nian,

they which would pass from hence 89. a Mat. xxv. 33. And he shall

to you cannot ; neither can they set the sheep on his right hand, pass to us that would come from but the goats on the left.

thence. 2 Thess. i. 8. In flaming b Roni. ii, 15. Which shew fire, taking vengeance on them the work of the law written in

that know not God, and that their hearts, their conscience also obey not the gospel of our bearing witness, and their thoughts Lord Jesus Christ: Ver. 9. Who the mean while accusing or else excusing one another, Ver. 16. In ing destruction from the presence the day when God shall judge of the Lord, and from the glory the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel.

90. 1 Thess, iv. 17. Then we Mat. xxv. 41. Then shall he which are alive and remain shall say also unto them on the left be caught up together with them hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, in the clouds, to meet the Lord into everlasting, fire, prepared for in the air; and 50 shall we ever the devil and his angelsVer. 42. be with the Lord.

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