« IndietroContinua »
book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
4. Q. After what manner shall this judgment be transacted?
A. The particular manner is unknown to us: yet this we are told, that we shall then he called to an account for all that we have done in the whole conrse of our lives, here on earth. Every evil work; every foolish and wicked word; every secret thought shall be brought to light. Nothing, that we now covet the most to hide, but shall be then disclosed. And we shall be either acquitted or condemned, according to what we shall have done, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. Eccles. xii. 14. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. 1 Cor. iv. 5. Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts. 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. Matt, 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. Rom. ii. 6. Who will render to every man according to his deeds. Rev. xx. 12. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those thi?igs which were written in the books, according to their works.
5. Q. Shall there be any particular method observed in the proceedings of this Judgment?
A. Yes, there shall: for, first, the cjust shall be raised, and judged, and acquitted, and caught up into the air at some convenient distance from the earth, where, with the holy angels, they shall fill up the retinue of our Blessed Saviour. Then the wicked shall be raised, and brought to judgment; "and being condemned, not only by Christ and his saints, but by the sentence of their own consciences, they shall, together with the devils, 'be driven away by the angels thereunto appointed, into their place of torments. Which being done, our Saviour shall, together with all his saints, return trinmphantly to heaven, and there reign in glory at the head of them, for ever and ever. Luke, i. 33. And he .shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever: and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Heb. i. 8. Compare Psalm xlv. 6. But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. Psalm. Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre. Ixxxix. 37. His seed shall endure for ever; and his throne as the sun before me. It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven. Dan. vii. 14, 27. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages should set^ve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed. And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.
Proofs Subjoined.—cl Cor. xv. 20, 23. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. But every man in his own order; Christ the first-fruits; afterward they thal are Christ's at his coming. lThess. iv. 10, 17. 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: then we which are alive and remain, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.
d Matt. xxv. 41. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels. xix. 28. And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me in the regeneration, when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first. Luke, xxii. 30. And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me: that ye may eat and drink at my table, in my kingdom, and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 1 Cor. vi. 2. Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? And if the world be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters ?' Matt. xxv. 40. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
Of the Holy Ghost, his Divine Nature, Personality, and Office.
1. Q. What does the third part of your Creed contain?
A. It contains all that is needful to be known and professed by us, with relation to the fefllj) #!)0st.
2. Q. What do you account needful to be believed concerning him?
A. Not only that there is a Holy Ghost, but that he is the third person in the ever-blessed Trinity; and as such, of the same Divine Nature with the Father and the Son.
3. Q. How does this appear?
A. By the plain testimony of the Holy Scriptures; by which alone we are capable of knowing any thing in these matters. Now those sacred writings evidently speak of him, not only as a. person, but as a Divine Person; and that distinct from the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ.
4. Q. Wherein do the Holy Scriptures speak of this blessed Spirit, as of a person?
A. * They give him the proper names of a person: God. Acts, v. 3, 4. But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back of the price of the land 1 Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? Thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. Lord. 2 Cor. iii. 19. Now the Lord is that spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty. The Spirit. 1 Sam. xvi. 14. But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord troubled him. John, xvi. 13. Howbeit, when he, the Spirit of Truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: Jor he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak; and he ivill shew you things to come. The Comforter. John, xiv. 26. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, tvhatsoever I have said unto you. xvi. 7. Nevertheless I tell you the truth; it is expedient for you that I go away: for, if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart I will send him unto you.
* They ascribe to him the properties of a person: Understanding. lCor.ii.il. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man, which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Will. 1 Cor. xii. II. But all these worketh that one and the selfsame spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. *They represent him as doing Personal Acts: He is Sent; he Cometh; Goeth; Heareth; Teacheth; Matt. iii. 16. And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and lo! the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him. John, xiv. 26. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, xv. 26. But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of Truth, which proceedeth fnpm the Father,