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the coming of the day of God; wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we according to his pron:ise look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. (II. Pet. 3. 7, 10 to 13.)
10. What is after death?
It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment. (9 Heb. 27.)
11. Shall we all stand before the judgment seat?
We shall all stand before the judgment-seat of Christ. Every one of us shall give account of himself to God. (14 Ro. 10, 12.)
12. For what purpose must we appear there?
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. (II. Cor. 5. 10.)
13. Are the rebel angels reserved by God till the day of judgment?
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. (Jd, 6.)
14. How did Christ warn those cities in which he performed many mighty works of the day of judgment?
Wo unto thee, Chorazin; wo unto thee, Bethsaida: for if the mighty works which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 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, shalt 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. (11 Mt. 21 to 24.)
15. Does abused mercy peculiarly aggravate the sinner's guilt and punishment?
Despisest thou the riches of his goodness, and forbearance, and long-suffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? But after thy hardness and impenitent heart, treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath, and revelation of the righteous judgment of God. (2 Ro. 4, 5.)
16. How will God fix the state of the righteous and the wicked, in the day of judgment?
Who will render to every man according to his deeds. To them, who by patient continuance in well-doing, seek for glory, and honor, and immortality, eternal life: but unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath; tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil.-There is no respect of persons with God. (2 Ro. 6, 7, 8, 9, 11.)
17. Will all deeds of darkness be then discovered?
Who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts. (I. Cor. 4, 5.) 18. Will our characters on earth decide our state then?
Be not deceived; God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. (6 Gal. 7.)
19. What punishment awaits the sinful?
A certain fearful looking for of judgment, and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries,- Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompence, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. (10 Heb. 27, 30, 31.) 20. How did the Apostle rejoice in looking forward to the day of judgment?
Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord the righteous Judge shall give me at that day; and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. (II. Tim. 4 8.)
Its nature and employments-Its happiness-Promises of-Connexion with Christ.
1. Docs Christ exhort us to fix our treasures and our hearts in heaven?
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (6 Mt. 19 to 21.)
2. How did Christ refer to his appearing again?
Then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven, and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn; and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory; 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. (24 Mt. 30, 31.)
3. What are the exalted hopes of true Christians?
Our conversation is in heaven, from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, 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. (3 Phi. 20, 21.)
4. How does St. Peter express his gratitude to God for the hope of heaven?
Blessed be the God, and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy, hath begotten us again unto a lively hope, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you. (I. Pet. 1. 3, 4.)
5. Will the Saints be made like to Christ?
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. (I. Jn. 3. 2.)
6. How do pure and blessed Spirits in heaven express their praises?
Worthy is the Lamb that was slain, to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing. Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb, for ever and ever. (5 Rev. 12, 13.)
7. Will great numbers be employed in praising God and the Lamb?
Lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands, and cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. (7 Rev. 9, 10.)
8. Are complete and ceaseless enjoyments to be found with God?
In thy presence is fulness of joy: at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. (16 P. 11.)
9. When Christ shall sit on the throne of his glory, how will he address his Saints?
Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. (25 Mt. 34.)
10. How did St. Paul exult in the hope of heaven? For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.-Having a desire to depart and to be with Christ, which is far better. (1 Phi. 21, 23.)
11. Will the joys of heaven present a striking contrast to the troubles of this life?
These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb; therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple, and he that sitteth on the throne, shall dwell among them: they shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more, neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat: for the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters, and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. (7 Rev. 14 to 17.)
12. Will the presence of God be the glory and joy of the Saints?
Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people; and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying; neither shall there be any more pain, for the former things are passed away. (21 Rev. 3, 4.)
13. Will the happiness of heaven infinitely exceed the purest earthly enjoyments?
I saw no temple therein, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. And the city hath no need of the sun, neither of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it, and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honor into it; and the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day, for there shall be no night there; and they shall bring the glory and honor of the nations into it; and there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie, but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life. (21 Rev. 22 to 27.)