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and there openly acknowledged and acquitted', shall join with him in the jud ing of reprobate angels and men",
and shall be received into heaven", where they shall be .
fully and for ever freed from all sin and misery"; filled With inconceivable joys", made perfectly holy and happy both in body and soul, in the company of innumerable ints and holy angels", but especially in the immediate
Vision and fruition of God the Father, of our Lord Jesus
Christ, and of the Holy is the
Spirit, to all eternity". And this * Perfect and full communion, which the members of “invisible church shall enjoy with Christ in glory, at the
*urrection and day of judgment.
saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. k Psal. xvi. 11. Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy, at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. | Heb. xii. 22. But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, Ver. 23. To the
general assembly and church of the
first-born, which are written in heaven, and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of just men
made perfect. m 1 John iii. 2. Beloved, now are we the sons of God; and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 1 Cor. xiii. 12. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face : now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 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 L 3 eyer
Having seen what the Scriptures principally teach us to believe concerning God, it follows to consider what they require as the Duty of Man.
. 91. What is the duty which God requireth of man? A. The duty which God requireth of man, is obedi.
ence to his revealed will".
Q.92. What did God at first reveal unto man as the rule of
his obedience 2
A. The rule of obedience revealed to Adam in the estate of innocence, and to all mankind in him, besides a special command not to eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, was the moral law”.
. 93. What is the moral law 3
mankind, directing and binding every one to personal, per
ever be with the Lord, Ver. 18. ‘Wherefore comfort one another with these words. 91. n Rom. xii. 1. I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable wnto God, which is your reasonable service. Ver. 2. And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God. , Micah vi. 8. He hath shewed thee, O rman, what is good ; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God 1 Sam. xv. 22. And Sanuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt-offerings and sacrifices, as in bbeying the voice of the Lord * Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice; and to hearken than the fat of rams. -
ion of the will of Goito ect,
fe erpetual conformity and obedience thereunto, in the frame and disposition of the whole man, soul and body",
and in performance of all those duties of holiness and righteousness which he oweth to God and man": promising: life upon the fulfilling, and threatening death upon the
breach of it".
Q. 94. Is there any use of the moral law to man since the
A. Although no man, since the fall, can attain to righ
teousness and life by the moral law"; yet there is great use thereof, .
all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth
not in all things which are written in , the book of the law to do them. . 1 Thess. v. 23. And the very God
of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blame
less unto the coming of our Lord
Jesus Christ. q Luke i. 75. In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life. Acts xxiv. 16. An herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men. r Rom. x. 5. For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by themGal. iii. 10. For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse : for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them: ver. 12. And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. 94. Sfoom. viii. 3. For what the law could not do, in that * was weak through the flesh, God ‘-- L 4 sending
Gal. iii, 10. For as many.
thereof, as well common to all men, as peculiar either to
their disability to keep it,
and of the sinful pollution of
their nature, hearts, and lives*TOTumble them in the sense
of their sin and misery", and thereby help them to a clearer
works of the law shall no flesh be justified. t 1 Tim. i. 8. But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully. 95. "Lev. xi, 44. For I am the Lord your God : ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. Ver. 45. For I am the Lord that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God : ye shall therefore be holy ; for I am holy. Lev. xx. 7. Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy ; for I ann the Lord your God. Ver. 8. And ye shall keep my statutes, and do them : I am the Lord which sanctify you. Rom. vii. 12. Wherefore the law is holy ; and - the commandment holy, and just, and good.
w Micah vi. 8. He hath shewed thee, o man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? James ii. 10. For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, is guilty of all. Ver, 11. For he
that said, Do not commit adultery, s:
said also, Do not kill. Now, is thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law. * Psal. xix. 11. Moreover, ly them is thy servant warned : and in keeping of them there is great re. ward. Ver. 12. Who can understand his errors 2 cleanse thou me from secret faults. Rom. iii. 20. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight : for by the law is the knowledge of sin, Rom. vii. 7. What shall we say then Is the law sin God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin but by the law : for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet. W. Rom. iii. 9. What then are we better than they No, in no
wise : for we have before proved
both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin. Ver, 23. For all have
fight of the need they have of Christ', and of the perfec
tion of his obedience.
Q. 96, What particular use is there of the moral law to un-.
regenerate men 2
A. The moral law is of use to unregenerate men, to *Won their consciences to flee from wrath to come °, and
to drive them to Christs:
; or, upon their continuance in
the estate and way of sin, toièay; them inexcusable", and
under the curse thereofe,
Q. 97. What special use is there of the moral law to the re
generate? 4. Althou
gh they that are regenerate and believe in
hrist, be delivered from the moral law as a covenant of
* inned, and come short glory of God." of the **.iii. 21. Is the law then * the promises of God? God orbid; for if ther had been a law ... which could have given if, Moy, righteousness should ho €en by the law. Ver. 22. But the *Pture hath concluded all un** Sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to * that believe. o: *: 4. For Christ is the of the law for righteousness to *Very one that believeth. o Tim. i. 9. Knowing this, t * law is not made for . righ* man, but for the lawless and
f fathers, and murderers of mothers,
oholy and profane, for
d Rom. , i. 20. For the invisible. things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without Compared with Rom. ii. 15. Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their consience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing. or else excusing one another.
* Gal. iii, 10. For as many as are: of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things- which are written in the book of the law. to do them.
97. f Rom. vi. 14. For sin shall not have dominion over you : for ye are not under the law, but under grace. Rom. vii. 4. Where. fore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto
God. Ver, 6. But now we are
delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held : J. R. that