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not only the apostate angels shall be judged c; but likewise all persons that have lived upon the earth, shall appear before the tribunal of Christ, to give an account of their thoughts, words and deeds; and to receive according to what they have done in the body, whether good or evil d.
II. The end of God's appointing this day is for the manifestation of the glory of his mercy, in the 'eternal falvation of the elect: and of his justice, in the damnation of the re. probate, 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 e.
III As Christ would have us to be certainly perswaded that there shall be a day of judgment,both to deter all men from sin
c I Cor. 6. 3. Know ye not that every idle word that men shall
up unto thy self wrath against the d2 Cor.5.10,For we must all ap- day of wrath, and revelation ofthe pear before the judgment-seat of righteous judgment of God; v. 6. Chrilt, that every one mayreceive Who will render to every manacthe thingsdone in his body,accor- cording to his deeds. Rom. 9. 22. ding to that he hath done whether What if God, willing to shew his it be good or bad. Eccl. 12.14.For wrath, and to make his power God Thall bring every work onto known, endured with much long. judgment, with every lecret thing, suffering the veflels of wrath fitted whether it be good, or whether it to deltruction : v. 23. And that he be evil. Rom. 2. 16. In the day might make known the riches of when God hall judge the secrets his glory on the vessels of mercy, of nien by Jelus Christ, according, which he had afore prepared unto to my gospel. Rom. 14. 10. But glory? Mat, 25. 21 His lord said why doit thou judge thy brother?' unto him, Well done, thou good or why dolt thou fet at nought thy and faithful servant;thou hast been brother ? we shall all land before faithful over a few things, I will the judgment-leat of Christ. 7.12, make thee ruler over many things: So then every one of us shall give enter thou intothe joy of thylord. account of himself to God. Mat. A&ts. 3. 19. Repent ye therefore, 12.36. But I say unto you, that and be converted, that your uns
and for the greater consolation of the godly intheir adversity f. So will he have that day unknown tomen: 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 g.
may be blooted out, when the times your redemption draweth niglt. of refreshing shall come from the Rom.8.23. And not only they, but presence of the Lord, 2. Theff. 1.7, ourselves also, which have the first 8, 9, 10. (See įn the Bible.) fruits of the Spirit, even we our
111. f2 Pet. 3. 11. Seeing then selvesgroanwithinourlelves,waitthat all thele things shall be defol- 'ing for the adoption, to wit, the ved, what mannerof persons ought redemption of our body v.24. For ye tobe in all holy conversation & we are saved by hope : but hope godlinels?7.14. Wherefore, belov- that is feen, is not hope : for what ed,seeingthatyelookfürsuch things a man seeth, why doth he yet hope bedeligent that ye may be found of forev. 25. But if we hope for that him in peace,without spotand ble. we see not, then do we with patimilh, 2 Cor.5.10.(Secletterd.)v,11. ence wait for it. Knowingthereforethe terrorofthe g Mat. 24. 36. 42, 43, 44.(See in Lord, we perswade men;but we are the Bible) Mark 13. 35. Watch ye made manifest unto God, and I trust therefore, (for ye know notwhen also are made manifest inyour con- the malter of the house comieth; sciences. 2 Thell. 1. 5. Which is a at even, or at midnight, or at the manifest token of the righteous cock-crowing, or in the morning) judgment of God, that ye may be v.36.Lestcomingsuddently, he find countedworthy of the kingdom of you sleeping., . 37. And what I God, for which ye also suffer; v. 6. layunto you,llay unto all, Watch, Seeing it is a righteous thing with Luke 12. 35.Letyour loinsbegirGud to recompence tribulation to ded about : and your lights burnthem that troubleyou;v.7. And to ing; v. 26. And ye yourlelves like you who aretroubled, rest with us, unto men that wait for their lord, when the Lord Jesus shall berevea- when he will return from the wed led from heaven, with his mighty ding, that when he cometh and angels, Luke 21. 27.Andthen shall knocketh,theymay open unto him they see the son of man coming immediately.Rev.22. 20.He which in a cloud with power and great teltifieth these things, saith, lureglory.v.28.Anywhen these things ly 1 come quickly, Amen. Even begin to come o país, then look to, come, Lord Jelus. up, and lift up your heads; for
Agreed upon by the
part of the covenanted uniformity in religion betwixt the churches of CHRIST in the kingdoms of Scotland, England, and Ireland.
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of Scotland, to be a DIRECTORY for Catechifing such as
With the Proofs from the Scripture.
Printed by JAMES Knox.
Assembly at Edinburgh July 2d. 1648. Sell. 10.
Act approving the Larger Catechism. T.
HE general assembly havingexactly examined and serious
ly considered the LargerCatechism,agreed upon by the afo sembly of divines fitting at Westminster; with affistance of commissioners from this kirk, copies thereof being printed, and sent to presbyteries, for the more exact trial thereof, and public intimation being frequently made in this assembly, that every one that had any doubts or objections upon it,might put them in; Do find,upon due examination thereof, that the said Catechisin is agreeable to the word of God, and in nothing contrary to the received doctrine, worship, discipline and government of this kirk, necesary part of the intended uniformity; in religion, and a rich treasure for increasing knowledge among the people of God; And therefore the assembly as they bless the Lord, that jo excellent
a Catechism is prepared; so they approve the same, As a part of uniformity agreeing, for their part that it be a common Catechism for the three kingdoms, and a directory for Catechising such as have made some proficiency in the knowledge of the grounds of religion,