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O. 3. What is the second reason for it ?

A. Because at death they are as ready for heaven as ever they shall be ; John ix. Hi I must work the work of him that sent me, while it is day; the night cometh, when no man can work.

0. 4. What is the third reason for it?

A. Because death else could not be gain, as it is, Phil. i. 21. For to me to live is Christ; and to die, is gain.

Q. 5. What is the fourth reason for it?

A. Because there is the same reason for all, as for any one : But some are immediately glorified; Luke xxiii. 43. Ío day shalt thou be with me in Paradise.

Q. 6. What is the fifth reason for it?

A. Because Christ longs for their coming to him, and they for his enjoyment; and these longings are in vain, if not satisfied ; Rev. xxii: 17, 20. And the Spirit, and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth, say, Come. And let him that is athirst, come: And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. He which testifierh these things, faith,

Q. 7. What is the first instruction from hence ?

A. That the apparitions of departed saints ordinarily are hut fables: They wander not ; Rev. iii. 12. Him that overcometh, will. I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he thall go no more out:

0.8. What is the second inference ? !

A That Purgatory is a groundless fable, and invention of men, and the scriptures alledged to countenance it, grofly abused; 1 Pet. iii. 19. By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison.

Q. Q. What is the third inference ?

A. That heaven must needs be à marvellous surprize to. believers, how long foever they have conversed with it here.

Qi to. What is the fourth inference ?

A. The confideration of this should provoke faints to work hard to finish all they have to do on earth ; Ecclef. ix. 10. Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might ; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goeft.

11. What is the fifth inference ? A. That there is no reason to grieve excessively for departed saints; 1 Thes, iv. 14. Even so them also which sleep in Jesus, will God bring with him.


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Q. 12. What is the last inference ?

A. That Chriftlefs ones are immediately in hell; Luke xvi. 22, 23. The rich man also died, and was buried; and in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments.

Of Rest in the Grave.
Queft. 1. U THY must believers come to the grave ?

V A. Because where sin has been, death by the law must follow ; Rom. v. 12. Wherefore, as by one man fin entred into the world, and death by fin; and so death paffed upon all men, for that all have sinned. Rom. viii. 10. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spi-sit is life, because of righteousnefs. : *

Q. 2. What is the first privilege of their bodies there?

A. It is the privilege of their bodies to be there in union with Christ; 1 Thef. iv. 14. Them also which fleep in Jesus, will God bring with him..

Q. 3. What is their second privilege? "

A. Their graves are places of reft; not prisons, but beds of rest; Isa. Ivii. 2. He shall enter into peace; they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightnefs.

O. 4. What is the first evil they rest from ?

A. All the toils, and troubles; and afflictions, of this life, Rev. xiv. 13. They may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.,

Q. 5. What is the second evil they rest from?

There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be at reft. .. to . .

Q. 6. What is the third evil they reft from?

A. They rest from fin, never to feel temptation or inclination to fin; Heb. xii. 23. And to the spirits of juft men made perfect.

0.7. How long shall the bodies rest in the grave ?

A. Not for ever, but till the day of the resurrection; Job xix. 26. And though after my fkin, worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I fee God. . .

0.8. What is the firft inference from hence ?

A. That union with Christ redounds to the singular advart. tage of the body, as well as the soul; Rom. viii. 11. But if the Spirit of him that raised up. Jesus from the dead, dwell in you ; he that raised up Chrift from the dead, shall also quicker your mortal bodies, by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. .

Q. 9. What is the second inference ?

*** A. That death diffolves not the union betwixt Christ and the souls or bodies of his; Matth. xxii. 32. I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob; God is not the God of the dead, but of the living. . . ,

Q. 10. What is the third inference? .

A. That feeing our bodies are to have so long and so sweet rest in the grave, we should not spare them in God's service now ; 2 Pet. i. 13, 14. Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up, by putting you in remembrance: Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me.

Q. 11. What is the fourth inference?. .

A. That Christians should neither too much fear their own, nor sorrow for others death; Rom. viii. 38, 39. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers ------ nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. i Thef. iv. 13. But I would not have you to be igno. rant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye forrow not, even as others which have no hope.

C. . Of the Resurrection. Queft. 1. TS the resurrection a cre<lible doctrine ? ;

I A. Yes, it is; Acts xxvi. 8. Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead? · Q. 2. Why then doth it seem incredible ro-man?,

A. Because they err, not knowing the scriptures and the power of God; Mark xii. 24. Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, nor the power of God? The power of God assures us it may be fo, and the word of God tells · it must be fo.

Q. 3. Is it sinful to doubt of the doctrine of the resurrection ?

Ą. It is not only a fin to doubt it, but an heresy to deny it, it being a fundamental article; Heb. vi. 2. And of the resurrection of the dead. I Cor. xv. 13, 14. But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen ; and if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.

Q. 4. Who must rise again at the resurrection ?

A. All men, good and bad, must rise again ; Acts xxiv. 15. And have hope towards God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust. Rev. xx. 12, 13, 14. And I saw the dead, {mall and great, stand before God, &c.'

Q. 5. What is the first difference betwixt the resurrection of the just and unjust?

A. Saints rise by virtue of their union with Chrift; Rom, yiii. 11. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead, dwell in you; he that raised up Christ from the dead, shall also quicken your mortal bodies, by his Spirit that dwelleth in you : But the wicked by his power. . Q. 6. What is the second difference ?

A. The second and main difference will be in the contrary. ends to which they rise; fome to life, and some to condemna ţion; Dan. xii. 2. And many of them that seep in the duft of the earth shall awake, fome to everlasting life, and some to {hame, and everlasting contempt. ', . Q. 7. What is the glory to which saints bodies shall be raised? . A. In the likeness of Christ's glorious body; Phil. iii. 21. Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like to his glorious body.

0. 8. What is the first inference from hence ?

A. That every man should strive to the uttermost to attain to the resurrection of the just; Phil. iii. 10, 11. That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death, if by any means I might attain to the resurrection of the dead.

O. 9. What is the second inference ? 'A. Comfort to them that now groan under manifold distempers, and deformities of body; they being made equal to angels Mark xii. 25. For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels which are in heaven.

. ro. What is the third inference ? A. Get union with Christ by faith, as you expect a joyful resurrection ; John xi. 25. Jesus said unto her, I am the re: surrection, and the life, he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.

0. 11. What is the fourth inference ?

A. Saints should not fear death ; Gen. xlvi, 3. Fear not to, go down into Egypt.

Q. 12. What is the last inference.? · A: Employ your bodies for good now.

Of Christ's acknowledging Believers. Queft. 38. W H at benefit do believers receive from Chrift

* W at the resurredion ? A. At the resurrection believers being raised up in glory.small

be openly acknowledged, and acquitted in the day of judgment, and made perfeElly blessed in the full enjoyment of God to all eternity.

Q. 1. What is it to be acknowledged by Chrift?

A. It is Christ's owning of the special relation betwixt him and them; Mat. xxv. 34. Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

Q. 2. Whom will Christ acknowlege for his ?

A. Such as confess Christ now ; Mat. x. 32. Whosoever therefore shall confess me before inen, him will I confefs also before my Father which is in heaven. · Q. 3. Before whom will Christ confess them?

A. Before his Father, angels and men ; Rev. ii. 5. He that overcometh, the same shall be cloathed in white raiment, and

will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

Q. 4. Who shall be denied by Christ in that day?

A. All that now deny Christ, shall be denied by him ; 2 Tim. ii. 12. If we deny him, he also will deny us. Tit. i. 16. They profess that they know God; but in works they depyhim, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.

Q. 5. Why will Chrift openly acknowledge them?

Ą. To wipe off all aspersions and censures that now are cast upon them ; Isaiah lxvi. 5. Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name's fake, said, Let the Lord be glorified ; but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be alhamed.

Q. 6. What will be the effect of Christ's acknowledgment ?

A. It will put a full end to all doubts, fears, and jealousies of themselves ; 1 Cor. iv. 3, 4. But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man's judgment; yea, I judge not my ownself; for I know nothing by myself, yet am I not hereby justified; but he that judgeth me, is the Lord.

Q. 7. What other effect will it produce in them?

A. Joy unspeakable and transcendent: hence called time of refrelhing ; Acts iii. 19. When the time of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.

Q. 8. Is this the only time Chrift acknowledgeth them?

A. No; he acknowledgeth them by his Spirit's testimony now, but that is private in their bosoms; Rom. viii. 16. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our fpirits, that we are the children of God.

R. 9. What is the first inference from hence ?

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