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dead shall be raised up with the self-same bodies, and none other, although with different qualities, which shall be united again to their souls for ever. (1)

III. The bodies of the unjust shall, by the power of Christ, be raised to dishonour; the bodies of the just, by his Spirit, unto honour, and be made conformable to his own glorious body. (2)



God hath appointed a day, wherein he will judge the world in righteousness by Jesus

dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

(1) Job xix. 26, 27. And though after my skin, worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me. 1 Cor. xv. 42, 43, 44. So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption: it is sown in dishonour, it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power: it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

(2) III. Acts xxiv. 15. And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust. John v. 28, 29. Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth ; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have

Christ, (1) to whom all power and judgment is given of the Father. (2) In which day, not only the apostate angels shall be judged; (3) but likewise all persons, that have lived upon 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. (4)

done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. Phil. 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) I. 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.

(2) John v. 22, 27. For the Father judgeth no man; but hath committed all judgment unto the Son :- And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.

(3) 1 Cor. vi. 3. Know ye not that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life? Jude, verse 6. And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness, unto the judgment of the great day. 2 Pet. ii. 4. For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment.

(4) 2 Cor. v. 10. For we must all appear before the judgment-seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. Eccl. xii. 14. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. Rom. ii. 16.

cal: and are not to intermeddle with ciri affairs which concern the commonwealth, unless by way of humble petition in cases ex. traordinary; or by way of advice for satisfaction of conscience, if they be thereunto required by the civil magistrate. (1)




The bodies of men, after death, return to dust, and see corruption ; (2) but their souls, (which neither die nor sleep) having an im, mortal subsistence, immediately return to God who gave them. (3) The souls of the righteous,

(1) IV. Luke xii. 13, 14. And one of the company said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me. And he said unto him, Man, who made me a judge, or a divider over you John xviii

. 36. Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.

(2) I. Gen. iii. 19. In the sweat of thy face, shak thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground: for our of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. Acts xiii. 36. For David, after be had served his own generation by the will of God, feli on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw coro ruption.

(3) Luke xxiii. 43. And Jesus said unto him, Verily, I say unto thee, 'To-day shalt thou be with me in Pará dise. Ecci. xii, 7 Then shall the dust return to

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ocing then made perfect in holiness, are received into the highest heavens, where they behold the face of God in light and glory, waiting for the full redemption of their bodies:(1) And the souls of the wicked are cast into hell, where they remain in torments and utter darkness, reserved to the judgment of the great day. (2) Besides these two places for souls separated from their bodies, the Scripture acknowledgeth none.

II. At the last day, such as are found alive shall not die, but be changed : (3) and all the


who gave it.

earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God

(1) Heb. xii. 23. To the general assembly and church ll 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. Phil. i. 23. For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better. i 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. 2 Cor. v. 1, 6, 8.

(2) Luke xvi. 23, 24. And in hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. Jude, verses 6, 7.

(3) II. 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. 1 Cor. xv. 51, 52. Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump; for the trumpet shall sound; and the


II. The end of God's appointing this day, is for the manifestation of the glory of his mercy in the eternal salvation of the elect ;(1) and of his justice in the damnation of the reprobate, who are wicked and disobedient. (2) 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 : (3)

In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel. Rom. xiv. 10, 12. But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at naught thy brother ? for we shall all stand before the judgment-seat of Christ.–So then every one of us shall give account of hiinself to God. Matt. xii. 36, 37. But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

(1) II. Rom. ix. 23. And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory. Matt. xxv. 21. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

(2) Rom. ii. 5, 6. But after thy hardness and impenitent heart, treasurest up to thyself wrath against the day of wrath, and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; who will render to every man according to his deeds. 2 Thess. i. 7, 8. The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire, taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Rom. ix. 22.

(3) Matt. xxv. 31, 32, 33, 34. When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: and before nim shall be gathered all nations; and he shall separate


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