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and there openly acknowledged and acquitted, fhall join with him in the judging of reprobate angels and men; and shall be received into heaven, where they shall be fully and for ever freed from all fin and mifery; filled with inconceivable joys, made perfectly holy and happy both in body and foul, in the company of innumerable faints and holy angels, but especially in the immediate vifion and fruition of God the Father, of our Lord Jefus Chrift, and of the Holy Spirit, to all eternity. And this is the perfect and full communion, which the members of the invifible church fhall enjoy with Christ in glory, at the refurrection and day of judgment.

f Mat. xxv. 33. And he fhall fet the fheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Mat. x. 32. Whofoever, therefore, fhall confefs me before men, him will I confefs alfo before my Father which is in heaven.

81 Cor. vi. 2. Do ye not know that the faints fhall judge the world? and if the world fhall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the fmalleft matters? V. s. Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?

h Mat. xxv. 34. Then fhall the King fay unto them on his right hand, Come, ye bleffed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. V. 46. And thefe fhall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

i Eph. v. 27. That he might prefent it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any fuch thing; but that it should be holy, and without blemish. Rev. xiv. 13. And I heard a voice from heaven, faying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea,


faith the Spirit, that they may reft from their labours; and their works do follow them.

* Pfal. xvi. 11. Thou wilt fhew me the path of life in thy prefence is fulness of joy, at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

1 Heb. xii. 22. But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the hea venly Jerufalem, and to an innu merable company of angels, V.23. To the general affembly and church of the first-born, which are written in heaven, and to God the judge of all, and to the fpirits of juft men made perfect.


1 John iii. 2. Beloved, now are we the fons of God; and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he fhall appear, we fhall be like him; for we fhall fee him as he is. 1 Cor.. xiii. 12. For now we fee through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then fhall I know even as alfo I am known, 1 Theff. iv. 17. Then we which are alive and remain fhall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air; and fo fhall we L 3


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Having feen what the Scriptures principally teach us to believe concerning God, it follows to confider what they require as the Duty of Man.

Q.91. What is the duty which God requireth of man?

A. The duty which God requireth of man, is obedience to his revealed will ".

Q92. What did God at firft 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, befides a fpecial command not to eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, was the moral law.

Q.93. What is the moral law?

A. The moral law is the declaration of the will of God to mankind, directing and binding every one to perfonal, perfect,

ever be with the Lord. V. 18. Wherefore comfort one another with thefe words.

91. Rom. xii. 1. I befeech you, therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye prefent your bodies a living facrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable fervice. V.2. And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God. Micah vi. 8. He hath fhewed thee, O man, what is good, and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do juftly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? 1 Sam. XV. 22. And Samuel faid, Hath the Lord as great delight in burntofferings and facrifices as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than facri. fice; and to hearken than the fat of rams.

92. Gen. 1. 26. And God faid, Let us make man in our image after our likenefs: and let them have dominion over the fifh of the fea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.V. 27. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Rom. ii. 14. For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, thefe, having not the law, are a law unto themfelves: V. is. Which fhew the work of the law written in their hearts, their confcience alfo bearing witnefs, and their thoughts the mean while accuting or elfe excufing one another. Rom. x. 5. For Mofes defcribeth the righteoufnefs which is of the law, That the man which doeth these things fball live by them. Gen. ii. 17.


fect, and perpetual conformity and obedience thereunto, in the frame and difpofition of the whole man, foul and body", and in performance of all thofe duties of holinefs and righ teousness which he oweth to God and mana; promifing life upon the fulfilling, and threatening death upon the breach of it ".

Q.94. Is there any use of the moral law to man fince the fall? A. Although no man, fince the fall, can attain to righteousness and life by the moral law, yet there is great ufe thereof,

But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it; for in the day that thou eateft thereof thou shalt furely die.

: 93. P Deut. v. 1. And Mofes called all Hrael, and faid unto them, Hear, O Ifrael, the ftatutes and judgments which I fpeak in your ears this day, that ye may learn them, and keep, and do them. V. 2. The Lord our God made a covenant with us in Ho, reb. V. 3. The Lord made not this covenant with our fathers, but with us, even us, who are all of us here alive this day. V. 31. But as for thee, ftand thou here by me, and I will speak unto thee all the commandments, and the ftatutes, and thejudgments, which thou fhalt teach them, that they may do them in the land which I give them to poffefs it. V. 33. Ye fhall walk in all the ways which the Lord your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye may prolong your days in the land which ye fhall poffefs. Luke x. 26. He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readeft thou? V. 27. And he, anfwering, faid, Thon fhalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy foul, and with all thy ftrength,

and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. Gal. iii. 10. For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curfe : for it is written, Curfed is every one that continneth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. 1 Theff. v. 23. And the very God of peace fanctify you wholly and I pray God your whole spirit and foul and body be preserved blamelefs unto the coming of our Lord Jefus Chrift.

9 Luke i. 75. In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life. Acts xxiv. 16. And herein do I exercife myself, to have always a confcience void of offence toward God, and toward men.

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Rom. x. 5. For Mofes defcribeth the righteoufnefs which is of the law,That the man which doeth thofe things fhall live by them. Gal. iii. 1o. For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curfe: for it is written, Curfed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. V.12. And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them fhall live in them.

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94. Rom. viii. 3. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God L 4 sending

thereof; as well common to all men, as peculiar either to the unregenerate or the regenerate'.

Q.95. Of what ufe is the moral law to all men?

A. The moral law is of ufe to all men, to inform them of the holy nature and will of God", and of their duty, binding them to walk accordingly"; to convince them of their dif ability to keep it, and of the finful pollution of their nature, hearts, and lives; to humble them in the sense of their fin and mifery, and thereby help them to a clearer sight of

fending his own Son in the likenefs of finful flesh, and for fin condemned in in the flefh. Gal. u. 16. Knowing that a man is not juftified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jefus Chrift; even we have believed in Jefus Chrift, that we might be juftified by the faith of Chrift, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law fhall no flesh be juftified..

'1 Tim. i. 8. But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully.

95. "Lev. xi. 44. For I am the Lord your God: ye fhall, therefore, fanctify yourselves, and ye fhall be holy; for I am holy: neither fhall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, V. 45. For I am the Lord that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God; ye fhall, therefore, be holy; for I am holy. Lev. xx. 7. Sanctify your felves, therefore, and be ye holy; for I am the Lord your God. V. 8. And ye fhall keep my ftatutes, and do them: I am the Lord which fanctify you. Rom. vii. 12. Wherefore the law is holy; and the commandment holy, and juft, and good.

w Micah vi. 8. He hath fhewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? James ii. 10. For whofoever fhall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. V. 11. For he that faid, Do not commit adultery, faid alfo, Do not kill. Now, if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a tranfgreffor of the law.

* Pfal. xix. 11. Moreover, by them is thy fervant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward. V. 12. Who can under. ftand his errors? cleanfe thou me from fecret faults. Rom. iii. 20. Therefore by the deeds of the law there fhall no flesh be justified in his fight: for by the law is the knowledge of fin. Rom. vii. 7. What shall we fay then? Is the law fin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known fin but, by the law: for I had not known luft, except the law had faid, Thou shalt not covet.


y Rom. iii. 9. What then? are we better than they? No, in no wife: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under fin. V. 23. For all


of the need they have of Christ, and of the perfection of his obedience 1.

Q. 96. What particular ufe is there of the moral law to unregenerate men?

A. The moral law is of ufe to unregenerate men, to awaken their confciences to flee from wrath to come », and to drive them to Chrift; or, upon their continuance in the eftate and way of fin, to leave them inexcufable, and under the curfe thereof.

Q97. What specialufe is thereof the moral law to the regenerate? A. Although they that are regenerate and believe in Christ be delivered from the moral law as a covenant of works,

have finned, and come fhort of the glory of God.

2 Gal. iii. 21 Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid : for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. V. 22. But the feripture hath concluded all under fin, that the promise by faith of Jefus Chrift-might be given to them that believe.

* Rom. x. 4. For Chrift is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth

96. 1 Tim. i. 9. Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for finners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers, and murderers of mothers, for man-flayers, V. 10. For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind,formenftealers, for lyars, for perjured perfons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to found doctrine.

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Gal. iii. 24. Wherefore the law was our fehoolmafter to bring us unto Chrift, that we might be juftified by faith.


d'Rom. i. 20. For the invifible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; fo that they are without excuse. Compared with Rom. ii. 15. Which fhew the work of the law written in their hearts, their confcience alfo bearing witness, and their thoughts the meant while accufing or elfeexcufing one another.

Gal. iii. to. For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curfe: for it is written, Curfed is every one that continu--eth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.

97. f Rom. vi. 14. For fin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. Rom. vii. 4. Wherefore, my brethren, ye alfo are become dead to the law by the body of Chrift; that ye fhould be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we fhould bring forth fruit unto God. V. 6. But now we are de-livered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held that

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