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by way of humble petition, in cases extraordinary; or by way of advice for satisfaction of conscience, if they
thereunto required by the civil magistrate'.
CHAP. XXXII. Of the State of Men after Death, and of the Resurrection of the Dead.
THE bodies of men after death roto to dust, and see corruption"; but their souls, (which neither die nor sleep,) having an immortal subsistence, immediately retur" to God who gave them 5. The souls of the righteous, being then made perfect in holiness,” received into the highest heavens, where they behold the face of God in light and
glory, waiting for the full redemption of their bodies’; o the
the souls of the wicked are cast into hell, where they remain in torments and utter darkness, reserved to the judgmont of the great day". Besides these two places for souls
*parated from their bodies, the scripture acknowledgeth Ił0ne,
ay, such as are found alive shall not die,
otbe changed"; and all the dead shall be raised up with
III. The bodies o
iome bodies, and none other, although with diffeTualities, which shall be united again to their souls for
f the unjust shall, by the power of
- ist, be raised to dishonour; the bodies of the just, by is Spirit, unto honour, and be made conformable to his
OWn glorious body .
H. * 1 Thess. iv. 17. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we ever be with the Lord. I Cor. xv. 51. Behold, I shew you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, obut we shall all be changed, Ver. 52. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump : for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. f job xix. 26. And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God; Ver. 27. Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another, though my reins be consumed within me. I Cor. xv. 42. So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption: Ver. 43. It is sown in dishonour, it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power: Ver. 44. It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. III. & Acts xxiv. 15. And have o PH 2 hope
CHAP. XXXIII. Of the Last Judgment.
z-NOD hath appointed a day wherein he will judge to
world in righteousness by Jesus Christ", to whom all
power and judgment is given of the Father".
ãay, not only the apostate angels shall be judged', but
likewise all persons that have
lived upon earth shall appear
to fore the tribunal of Christ, to give * account of their
words, and deeds, and to receive according to
what they have done in the body, whether good or evil". II. The end of God's appointing this day is for thema".
festation of the glory of his mercy in the eternal salvationi.
hope towards God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust. John v. 28. Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, ver. 39. 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. 1 Cor. xv. 43. . [Se: i. itter f..] Philip. iii. 21. Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. 1. * Acts xvii. 31. Because he hath appointed a day in the which he will
judge the world in righteousness by
that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. b John v. 22. For the Father judgeth no man; but hath committed all judgment unto the Son : ver, 27. And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man. c 1 Cor. vi. 3. Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much
the elect, and of his justice in the damnation of the reprobate, who are wicked and disobedient. For then shall the righteous go into everlasting life, and receive that fulness of joy and refreshing which shall come from the presence of the Lord; but the wicked, who know not God, and obey not the gospel of Jesus Christ, shall be cast into eternal torments, and be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power".
III. As Christ would haveus to be certainly persuaded that there shall be a day of judgment, both to deter all men from sin, and for the greater consolation of the godly in their ad
versity"; so will he have that day unknown to men, that:
they may shake off all carnal security, and be always watchful, because they know not at what hour the Lord will come; and may be ever prepared to say, Come, Lord Jesus, come quickly. Amen".
waiting for the adoption, to wit,
morning; Ver. 36. Lest coming sud-
yourselves like unto men that wait