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a presence and support of the Spirit of God, as keeps them from sinking into utter despair v.
Q. 82. What'is the communion in glory, which the members of the invisible church have with Christ?
A. The communion in glory, which the members of the invisible church have with Christ, is in this lifew, immediately after death x, and at last perfected at the resurrection and day of judgmenty.
Q. 83. it is the voice of my beloved that thus: behold, I should offend against knocketh, saying, Open to me, my the generation of thy children. v. filter, my love, my dove, my unde- 23. Nevertheless, I am continually filed: for my head is filled with dew, with thee: thou hast holden me by and
my locks with the drops of the my right hand. Ifa. liv. 7. For a night. v. 3. I have put off my coat, small moment have I forsaken thee, how thall I pụt it on? I have wash, but with great mercies will I gather ed my feet, how shall I defile them? thee. v. 8. In a little wrath I hid v. 6. I opened to my beloved, but my face from thee for a moment; my beloved had withdrawn himself, but with everlasting kindness will I and was gone: my soul failed when have mercy on thee, faith the Lord be fpake: I fought him, but I could thy redeemer. v. 9. For this is as not find him; I called him, but he the waters of Noah unto me: for gave me no answer. Pfal.li. 8. Make as I have fworn that the waters of me to hear joy and gladness: that Noah should no more go over the the bones which thou hast broken, earth; so have I sworn that I would may rejoice. v. 12. Restore unto me not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke the joy of thy
falvation, and uphold thee, v. 10. For the mountains shall me with thy free Spirit. Pfal. xxxi. depart, and the hills shall be remov22. For I said in my haste, I am cut ed, but my kindness shall not depart off from before thine eyes: never from thee, neither shall the covenant theless thou heardst the voice of my of my peace be removed, faith the fupplications, when I cried' unto Lord that hath mercy on thee. thee. Pfal. xxii. 1. My God, my 82. w 2 Cor. iii. 18. But we all God, why hast thou forsaken me? with open face beholding as in a why art thou so far from helping glass, the glory of the Lord, are me, and from the words of my roar. changed into the fame image, from ing?
glory to glory, even as by the Spivi John iii.9. Whosoever is born rit of the Lord. of God, doth not commit fin; for his * Luke xxiii. 43. And Jesus said feed remaineth in him: and he can unto him, Verily I say unto thee, not fin, because he is born of God. To day shalt thou be with me in paJob xiii. 15. Though he flay me, radise. yet will I trust in him: but I will y i Thess. iv. 17. Then we who maintain minc own ways before him. are alive, and remain, shall be caught Pfal. lxxiii. 15. If I fay, I will speak up together with them in the clouds,
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 poffeffed of z; and, as an earnest thereof, enjoy the sense of God's lovea, 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 the torments, which they shall endure afier death c.
Q. 84. Shall all men die.
A. Death being threatened as the wages of sind, it is appointed unto all men once to diee: for that all have sinned f.
to meet the Lord in the air: and fo and joy in the Holy Ghost
. Thall we ever be with the Lord. cGen.iv. 13. And Cain said unto
23. 2 Eph. ii. 5. Even when we the Lord, My punishment is greatwere dead in fins, hath quickened us er than I can bear. Mat. xxvii. 4. together with Christ, (by grace ye Saying, I have finncd, in that I have are saved.) v. 6. And hath raised us betrayed the innocent blood. And up together, and made us fit tage- they said, What is that to us? see ther in heavenly places, in Christ thou to that. Heb.x. 27.
But a cer• Jeius.
tain fearful looking for of judgment, a Rom. v. 5. And hope maketh and fiery indignation, which shall not aihamed, because the love of devour the adversaries. Rom. ii. 9. God is thed abroad in our hearts, Tribulation and anguish upon eveby the Holy Ghost which is given ry soul of man that doth evil, of the unto us. Compared with 2 Cor. i. Jew first, and also of the Gentile. 22. Who al.o hath sealed us, and Markiz. 44. Where their worm digiven the earnest of the Spirit in our eth not, and the fire is not quenchbu?rts.
b Rom.v. 1. Therefore beingjuf 84.d Rom. vi. 23. For the wages tified hy faith, we have peace with of fin is death; but the gift of God God, thro' our Lord Jesus Christ. is eternal life through Jesus Christ Ey whom also we have access
our Lord. by faith into this grace
wherein we Heb. ix. 27. And as it is apstand, and rejoice in hope of the glo- pointed unto men once to die, but ry of God. Rom. xiv. 17. For the after this the judgment, kingdom of God is not meat and f Rom. v. 12. Wherefore, as by drink, tutrighteousness, and peace, one man sin entered into the world,
R. 85. Death being the wages of fin, why are not the righteous delivered from death, seeing all their fins 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 itg, so that, although they die, yet it is out of God's love h, to free them perfectly from fin 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 holinessl, and re
and death by sin; and so death pas. thered into thy grave
and sed upon all men, for that all have thine eyes shall not see all the evil finned.
which I will bring upon this place. 85.& 1 Cor. xv. 26. The last e i Rev. xiv. 13. And I heard a nemy that shall be destroyed, is voice from heaven, saying unto me, death.-. 55. O death, where is Write, Blessed are the dead who thy sting? O grave where is thy die in the Lord, from hencefarth: victory? v. 56. The sting of death Yea, faith the Spirit, that they may is fin, and the ftrength of fin is the rest from their labo'ırs; and their law. v. 57. But thanks be to God, works do follow them. Eph. v. 27. who giveth us the victory, through That he might present it to himour Lord Jesus Christ. Heb ii. 15. felf a glorious church, not having And deliver them who through fear spot or wrinkle, or any such thing, of death, were all their life-time but that it lhould be holy, and with. fubje&t to bondage.
out blemish. 6 Ifa. lvii. 1. The righteous pe k Luke xxii. 43. And Jesus faid risheth, and no man layeth it to unto him, Verily I fay unto thee, heart; and merciful men are taken Today shalt thou be with me in away, none considering that the paradise. Phil. i. 23. For I am in a righteous are taken away from the Irait betwixt two, having a desire evil to come. y. 2. He shall enter to depart, and to be with Chrift; into peace, they shall rest in their which is far better. beds, each one walking in his up 86.1 Heb. xii. 23. To the
gene. rightness. 2 Kings xxii. 20. Behold, ral assembly and church of the firsttherefore, I will gather thee unto born which are written in heaven, thy fathers, and thou shalt be ga- and to God the judge of all, and to
ceived into the highest heavens m, where they behold the face of God in light and glory n; waiting for the full redemption of their bodies o, which even in death continue united to Christ p, and rest in their graves as in their bedsq, 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, until the resurrection and judgment of the great days.
O. 87. What the spirits of just men made perfcet. o Rom. viii. 23. And not only
m 2 Cor.v. 1. For we know, that they, but ourselves also, who have ‘if our earthly house of this taber- the first-fruits of the Spirit, even we nacle were dissolved, we have a build our felves groan within our selves, ing of God, an house not made with waiting for the adoption, to wit, hands, eternal in the heavens, v. 6. the redemption of our body. Pfal. Therefore we are always confident, xvi. 9. Therefore my heart is glad, knowing that whilst we are at home and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh in the body, we are absent from the also shall rest in hope. Lord, v. 8. We are confident, I say, pi Thelf. iv, 14. For if we beand willing rather to be absent from lieve that Jesus died, and rose athe body, and to be present with the gain, even fo them also who sleep Lord. Phil. i. 23. For I am in a in Jesus will God bring with him. ftrait betwixt two, having a desire q Isa. 57. 2. He shall enter into to depart, and to be with Christ; peace: they shall rest in their beds, which is far better. Compared with each one walking in his uprightnefs. Acts iii. 21. Whom the heaven must Job xix. 26. And though after receive, until the times of restituti- my skin, worms destroy this body, on of all things, which God hath yet in my flesh shall I fee God: v. spoken by the mouth of all his holy 27. Whom I shall see for myself, prophets, since the world began. and mine eyes shall behold, and not And with Eph. iy. 10. He that de- another; though my reins be confcended, is the same ulfo that a fumed within me. scended up far above all heavens, SLuke xvi. 23. And in hell he lift that he might fill all things. up his eyes, being in torments, and
1 John iii. 2. Beloved, now are feeth Abraham afar off, and Laza. we the sons of God, and it doth not rus in his bosom. v. 24. And he cri. yet appear what we shall be: but ed and said, Father Abraham, have we know, that when' he shall ap- mercy on me, and send Lazarus, pear we shall be like him; for we that he may dip the tip of his finThall see him as he is. i Cor. xiii. ger in water and cool my tongue; 12. For now we see through a glass, for I am tormented in this flame. darkly; but then face to face: Now Ads i. 25. That he may take part I know in part; but then shall I of this ministry and apolleship, know even as also I am known. from which Judas by tranfgreffion
R. 87. What are we to believe concerning the resurrecti
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-fame bodics 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 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 fell, that he might go to his own shall not prevent them who are a. place. Jude 6. And the angels who sleep. v. 16. For the Lord himself kept not their first estate, but left fhall descend from heaven with a their own habitation, he hath re. fhout, with the voice of the archanserved in everlasting chains under gel, and with the trump of God, darkness, unto the judgment of the and the dead in Christ Thall rise first: great day. v. 7. Even as Sodom y. 17. Then we who are alive, and and Gomorrha, and the cities aboul remain, shall be caught up together them, in like manner giving them with them in the clouds, to meet selves over to fornication, and go- the Lord in the air: and so shall we ing after strange flesh, are set forth ever be with the Lord. John v. 28. for an example, suffering the ven- Marvel not at this; for the hour is geance of eternal fire.
coming, in the which all that are in 87. : Acts xxiv. 15. And have the graves shall hear his voice, v. 29. hope towards God, which they And shall come forth, they that have themselves also allow, that there done good, unto the resurrection of Thall be a refurrection of the 'dead, life; and they that have done evil, both of the just and unjust. unto the resurrection of damnati
v i Cor. iv. 51. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, w 1 Cor. xv. 21 For since by man but we shall all be changed. v.52, camc death, by man came also the In a moment, in the twinkling of resurrection of the dead. v. 22. For an eye, at the last trump (for the as in Adam all die, even fo in Chrift trumpet shall found) and the dead Thall all be made alive. v. 23. But shall be raised incorruptible, and we every man in his own order: Chrift shall be changed, v. 53. For this the first-fruits, afterwards they that corruptible must put on incorrupti- are Christ's, at his coming. v. 42. on, and this mortal must put on im- So also is the resurrection of the mortality. 1 Theff. iv, 15. For this dead. It is fown in corruption, it is we say unto you by the word of the raised in incorruption: v. 43. It ię Lord, that we who are alive and re- sown in dishonour, it is raised in glo. main unto the coming of the Lord, ry: it is sown in weakness, it is rai.