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hour whereof no man knoweth, that all may watch and pray, and be ever ready for the coming of the Lord z.
Q. 89. What shall be done to the wicked at the day of judgment.?
Ă. At the day of judgment, the wicked shall be set on Christ's left hand a, and upon clear evidence, and full conviction of their consciences b, shall have the fearful but just sentence of condemnation pronounced again themc; and thereupon shall be cast out from the favourable presence of God, and the glorious fellowship with Christ, his laints, and all his holy angles, into hell, to be punished with unspeakable torments both of body and soul, with the devil and his angel sfor ever de ness,untothe judgment of thegreat things that shall come to pass, and day. 74, 7. Even as Sodom and Go. to stand before the Son of man. morrha, and the cities about them
89.a Mat. 25:33. And he shall set in like inanner giving themselves the sheep on his right hand, but over to furnication,
and going af- the goats on the left. ter (trange flesh,are set forth for 'an b Rom, 2, 15, Which shew the example, suffering the vengeance work of the law written in their of eternal fire, v. 14. And Enoch hearts, their conscience also bear. allo the seventhfrom Adam, pro- ing witness and their thoughts the phesied of these, saying, Behold, mean whilc accusing, or elleexcụ. he Lordcomethwithten thousands lang one another, v. 16. In the of his saints, v.15. To execute day when God shall judge the sejudgment upon all,and to convincecrets of men ly Jesus Christ, acall that are ungodly among them, cording to my gospel. of all their ungodly deeds which Mat. 25.41. Then shall he say theyhaveungodly committed, and also unto them on the left hand, of all their hardspeeches, whichun- Depart from me, ye cursed, into godly sinners have spoken against everlasting fire, prepared for the him. Mat. 25.46. And these shall devil and his angels. v. 42. For I go away into everlasting punishe was an hungred, and ye gave me ment: but the righteous into life no meat:I was thirtty,and ye gave @ternal.
me no drink: 7.43, I was a stranz Mat. 24. 36. But of that day ger andye took me not in: naked, and hour knoweth no man,no,not and ye clothed me not: fick, and the angels of heaven, but my fa- in prison, and ye visited me not, ther only. V.42. Watch therefore d Luke 16. 26. And belides all for ye know not what hour your this, between us and you there is Lorddoth come. v. 44. Therefore a great gulf fixed: so that they be ye also ready : for in such an which would pass from hence to hour as ye think not, the son of you,cannot; neither can they pass man commeth. Luke 21.35.For as to us,that wouldcomefrom thence.' a Inare shall it come on all them 2 Theff. 8. 8. In flamingfire taking that dwell on the face of thewhole vengeanceon them that know not earth. 7', 36. Watch ye therefore, God, and that obey not the gospel and pray always, that ye may be of our Lord Jesus Christ: v.9. Who accountedworthy toescapeallthele shall be punished with everlasting
Q. 90. What shall be done to the righteous at the day of Judgment?
Ā. At the day of judgment, the righteous, being caught up to Christ in the clouds e, shall be set on his right hand, and there openly acknowledged and acquitted f,fall join with him in the judging of reprobate angels and men g: And shall be received into heaven h, where they shall be fully and for cver freed from all sin and misery i; filled with inconceivable joys k; made perfectly holy and happy both in body and soul, in the company of innumerable saints and angels l, but especially in the immediate vision and fruition of God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and of the holy Spirit to all eternity m. And this is the perfect and full communion, which the members of the invisible church shall enjoy with Christ in glory, at the resurrection and day of judgment.
destruction from the presence of i Eph 5.27. That he might prethe Lord, and from the glory of sent it to himself aglorious church.
not having spot or wrinkle, or any 90. e 1 Thefl. 4. 16. Then we fuch thing; but that it should be which are alive, and remain, thall holy and without blemish. Rev.14. be caught up together with them 13. And I heard a voice from heain the clouds, to meet the Lord in ven, saying unto me, Write, blefthe air: and so shall we ever be fed are the dead which die in the With the Lord.
Lord, from henceforth: yea, faith f Mat, 25. 33. And he shall fet the spirit, that they may rest from the sheep on his right hand, butthe their labours and their works do goats on the left. Mat. io, 32. follow them. Wholoever therefore shall confess k Pfal. 16. 11. Thou wilt shew me before men,him will I confess me the path of life: in thy prefence also before my father which is in is fulness of joy,at thy right hand heaven.
there are pleasures for evermore. g i Cor. 6. 2. Do ye not know THeb. 12.22.Butye arecome unthat the saints(halljudge theworld to mount Sion, and unto the city And if the world shall be judged of the living God, the heavenly leby you, are ye unworthy to judge rusalem, and to an innumerable the smallest matters? v.3. Know ye company of angels, v. 23. To the not that we shall judge angels? general assembly, & church of the how much more then the things first-born which are written inheathat pertain to this life?
ven, and to God the judge of all, h Mat. 25. 34. Then shall the and to the spiritsof justs nen made King say unto them on his right perfect. hand, Come, ye blessed of my Fa mi John3. 2. Beloved,nów are ther, inherit the kingdom prepared we the Sons of God, and it doth not for you from the foundation of the yet appear what we shall be : but world, 7'. 46. And these shall go a-., we know that when he shall appear way into everlasting punishment:' we shall be like him ; for we shall but the righteous into life etergal, Lee bim aş lie is. I Cor. 13.21. For
Having seen what the scriptures principally teach
us to believe concerning God, it follows to con
fider what they require as the duty of man. Q. 91.
THAT is the duty which God requireth of man? WHAT
A. The duty which God requireth of man is obedience to his revealed will n.
Q. 92. What did God at first reveal unto man as the rule of his obedience ?
A. The rule of obedience revealed to Adam in the estate of innocence, and to all mankind in him, beside a special command, not to eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, was the moral law o.
Q. 93. What is the moral law ?
Now we see through a glass darkly, than sacrifice, and to hearken, but then face to face: now I know than the fat of rams. in part, but then shall I know even 92.0 Gen. 1. 26. AndGod said, as I am known, iTheff.4.17. Then let us make man in our image, afwe which are alive, and remain, ter our likeness : and let themhave shall be caught up together with dominion over the fish of the sea, them in the clouds, to meet the end over the fowl of the air, and Lord in the air; and so fhall we over the cattle,, and over all the ever be with the Lord. v. 18. earth,& over everycreeping thing Wherefore, comfort ope another that creepeth upon the earth.v.27. with these words.
So God created man in his own in 91. n Rom. 12, 1, 1 beseech you mage: in the image of God created therefore, brethren, by the mercies he him, male and female created of God, that ye present yourbodies he them. Rom. 2. 14. For when a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable the Gentiles which have not the unto God, which is your reasonable law, do by nature the things conservice, v. 2. And be not confor- tained in the law, these having, not med to this world; but be ye trans- the law,are a law unto themselves: formed by the renewing of your 7.15. Which shew the work of the mind, that ye may prove what is, law written in their hearts, their that good, and acceptable, and per- conscience alsobearingwitnels and fect will of God. Micah 6. 8. He their thoughts the mean while acbath shewed thee, Oman, what is cusing,orelleexculingoneanother. good; and what doth the Lord re. Rom. 10. 5. For Moles describcth quire of thec, but to do juftly, and the righteousness which is of the to love mercy,and to walk humbly law, that the man which doththofe with thy God? 1 Sam. 15.22, And things, halllivebythem. Gen.2.17, Samuel said, hath the Lord as great But of the tree of the knowledgeof delight in burnt-offerings & lacri- good and evil,thou shalt not eat of fices,as in obeying the voice of the it: for in the day that thou eatest Lord ? behold, to obey, is better thercof, thou shalt surely die.
99. p Deut.
to mankind,directing and binding every one to personal, pero fect and perpetual conformity and obedience thereunto,in the frame and disposition of the whole man, soul and body p, and in performance of all those duties of holiness and righteousness which he oweth to God and man q : promising life upon the fullfilling,&threatning death upon the breach of it r.
0.94. Is there any use of the moral law to man since the fall?
A. Altho' no man, since the fall, can attain to righteoulness and life by the moral law S, yet there is great use thereof,as well common to all men, as peculiar either to the
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93. Deut.5.1. And Moses cal- very God of peace fanctify you led all Ifrael, and faid unto them, wholly:and I prayGod, yourwhole Hear, o Israel, the statutes and spirit and soul and body be preser. judgments which I speak in your ved blamelels unto the coming of ears this day, that ye may learn, our Lord Jesus Christ. them, and keep, and do them. v. qLuke1.75.In holinessandrigh. 2. The LordourGodmade a coven- teousness before him all the days ant with us in Horeb. v. 3. The of our life. Acts 24.16. And herein Lord made not this covenant with do I exercise myself to have always our fathers, but with us, even us, a conscience void of offence both who are all of us here alive this toward (iod and toward men. day. v. 31. But as for thee, stand rRom.10.5.For Mofesdefcribeth thou here by me,and I will speak the righteousness which is of the unto thee all the commandments, law, that the man which doththose and the statutes, and the judg- things,shall live bythem.Gal. 3.10. ments which thou shaltteach them, For as many as are of the works of that they may do them in the land the law,are under the curse; for it which I give them to posless it. is written,cur sedis every one that v. 33. You shall walk in all the continueth not in all thingswhich wayswhich the Lordyour Godhath are written in the book of the law commanded you, that ye may live, to do them. v. 12. And the law is and that it may be well with you, not of faith : but, the man that & that yemay prolong your days doth them thall live by them. in the land which ye shall posseis. 94 [Rom.8.3. For what the law Luke 10.26. Hefaiduntohim; What could not do, in that it was weak is written in the law? how readest thro' the flesh, God sending his thou? v.27.And he answering, faid own Son, in the likeness of linful Thou shalt love the Lord thy God felh, and for fin condemned sin in with all thy heart and with all thy the flesh. Gal. 2.16.Knowing that foul, and with all thy strength and a man is not justified by the works with all thy mind; and thy neigh- of the law,but by the faith of Jesus bour as thyself. Gal. 3. 10. For as Christ, even we have believedin Jemany as are of the works of the lus Christ, that we might be justifilaw, are under the curse : for it is ed by the faith of Christ, and not written, Cursed is every one that by the works of the law : for by continueth not in all things which the works of the law shall no Acik are written in the book of thc law be justified. Bu do them.] Thell.5. 23. And the
unregenerate, or the tegenerate to
Q. 95. Of what use is the woral law to all men ?
Ã. The moral law is of use to all men, to inform them of the holy nature and will of God v, and of their duty, binding them to walk accordingly w; to convince them of their disability to keep it, and of the sinful pollution of their nature, hearts and lives x; to humble them in the sense of their sin and misery y, and thereby help them to a clearer sight of the need they have of Christ z, and of the perfection of his obedience a.
Q. 96. What particular use is there of the moral law to unregenerate men?
°A. The moral law is of use to unregenerate men, to awaken their consciences to flee from wrath to come b, and to
ti Tim, 1. 8. But we know that x Plal. 19.11. Moreoverby them the law is good, if a man use it is thy servant warned;and in keepJawfully.
ing ofthem there is great reward. 95. v Lev. 11. 44. For I am the v. 12. Who can understand his erLord yourGod: ye shall therefore rors? cleanse thou me from secret fanctify your felves, and ye shallbe faults.Rom-3.20. Therefore by the holy; for I am holy: neither shall deads of the law there shallno flesh ye dekle your felves with anyman- be justified in his light: for by the her of creeping thing that creepeth law is the knowledge of fin, Rom. upon the earth. v.145.For I am the 7.7. What thall we lay then? is the Lord that bringeih you up out of law lin:God forbid. Nay, I had 1100 the land of Egypt,to be your God: known fin, but by the law: for I ye fall therefore be holy, for I am had not known luft, except the law holy.Lev. 20.7.Sanctify yourselves had laid, Thou shall not covet. therefore, and be ye holy: for Iam y Rom.3. 9. What then are we the Lord your God, v, 8. And ye better than they? No, in no ways: Thall keep my statutes, & do them: for we have before proved botn I am the Lord which fanctify you. Jews and Gentiles, that theyare all Rom.7. 12. Wherefore the law is under fin, vi 23. For all have linboly; and the coinmandment ho- ned, and come short of the glory ly, and just and good.
of God. w Mic. 6.8. He hath shewed thee zGal.3.21. Is the lawthen against O man, what is good; and what the promises of God? God forbid: doth the Lord require of thee, but for if there had been a law given to do justly, and to love mercy, & which could have given life, veritowalkhumbly with thyGod? Jam. ly righteousness should have been 2.10. For whofoever hall keep the by. thelaw.v.22. But the scripture wholelaw, and yet offend in one hath concluded all under sin, that point, he is guilty of all. v. 11. For the promise by faith of JelusChrift he that said, do not commit aduls might be given to themthat believe. tery, faid also, do not kill, Now a Rom.10.4. For Christ is the end it thou commit no adultery, yet if of the law for righteousness to eve.' thou kill, thou art become a trans ry one that believeth, grellor of the law.