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and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
1. Q. How long shall our Saviour Christ continue to sit and intercede for us, at God s right hand?
A. Till the end of the world: which being come, he shall return from thence with glory to Slftlgt both tltf qtttCft anH the Heatl. Acts, xxiii. 21. The heavens must receive him till the times of the restitution of all things. And then, This same Jesus which was taken up into heaven, shall so come in like manner, as he was seen to go into heaven. Acts, i. 11.
Proofs Subjoined.—Matt. xvi. 27. The Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father, with his angels; and then he shall reward every man, according to his works. Acts, x. 42. And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he, which was ordained of God to be the judge of quick and dead. 2 Tim. iv. I. I charge thee therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom Preach the Word. 1 Pet. iv. 5. Who shall give account to him, that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.
2. Q. What do you mean by the phrase, the quick and the dead?
A. By the quick, 1 understand those who shall be found alive on the earth at the day of Judgment. 1 Cor. xv. 51,52. Behold, I shew 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 dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. I Th ess. iv. 15. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord, shall not prevent them which are asleep.
By the dead, those who have before departed out of this life. And I make mention of both to shew, that all men shall be judged, and that aChrist shall be the Judge of all. Acts, x. 42. And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead. 2 Cor. v. 10. For we must all appear before the Judgment-seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in the body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. 2 Tim. iv. 1. I charge thee, therefore, before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom, Preach the word. 1 Pet. iv. 5. Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.
Proofs Subjoined.—aActs, 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. Rom. xiv. 9. For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.
3. Q. Do you then believe that there shall be a general day of Judgment to the whole world?
A. I do believe there shall be such a day, and that most solemn and terrible. Matt. x. 15. Verily, J say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land
of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment, for you. xi. 22. But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you. And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shall be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee. xii. 36. But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
John, v. 22, 25. For the Father judge th no man, but hath committed all judgment to the Son. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. 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. Rom. ii. 5, &c. But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest thou up unto 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 Pet. ii. 9. The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished. iii. 7. But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment, and perdition of ungodly men. Heb. vi. 2. Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. ix. 27. It is appointed unto men once to die, hut after that the judgment. 1 John, iv. 17. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment. Jude, G. 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,
aWherein, first, the angels shall sound the trumpet; at the voice of which, all that are in the graves shall arise, and come forth, and be gathered together into one certain place: b then our Saviour shall come down in the clouds of heaven, with power, and great glory; and the books shall be opened and the judgment sit; and every man be judged out of the things which are written in those books, according to his works. See Matt. xxv. 31, &c. 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 him shall be gathered all nations.
Proofs Subjoined.—aMatt. xxiv. 31. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
1 Thess. iv. 16. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first.
b Dan. vii. 9, 10. I beheld, till the thrones were cast down, and the ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire. A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousands, thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment tvas set, and the books were opened. John, v. 27, 28, 29. The father hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man. 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 hare done good unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. Acts, i. 11. Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like maimer, as ye have seen him go into heaven. x. 42. And he commanded us to preach unto the people. and to testify that it is he, which was ordained of God to be the judge of quick and dead. 2 Tim. iv. 1, 0. / charge thee, therefore, before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; preach the word. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day. 1 Peter, iv. 5. Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead. Rev. xx. 4, 11, 1 2. And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, (Did which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands. And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven, fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the. books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the