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all appear before the judgment feat of Christ, that every one 18 ay, receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath dosr, whether it be good or bad. Christ Mall therefore appear in the proper form and condition of 4 Fudge , ficting upon a Throne of judicature. 4.
There will be a personal appearance of all men before that feat of judicature',. supor which Chriftshall set. For we must all appear, and we Thall all ftand before thác judgmenc- seat, Rev. 20.12. And I saw the dead small and great stand before God, &c. Màt. 35. 32. And before him hall be gathered all Nations, and be shallfeparate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his fheep from the goats.
so when ihose who are to be judged are bronght before the judgment.feat of Christ, all their actiens shall appear, 1. Cor.4.5. Therefore judgewothing before the time, watil the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkneffe, and will make manifeft the counsels of the hearts. Eccles, 120 14. For God shall bring every work into judgment with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. To this end in the vision of Daniel when the judgment was see, the books were opened, Dan.7.9. And in that of St. Fohn, The books were opened, and the dead were judged out of the things that were written in the books, according to their works , Rev. 20.12.
Divines speak of a threefold book that will then be opened.
1. The book of Statutes ; or the book of Gods Word, wherein the Law and Gospel are written, with all the duties commanded and fins forbid. den in them both.
3. The book of Gods Omniscience and remembrance, Mal.3. 16. And a book of remembrance was written before him, &c.
3. The book of. Conscience, which God maintains as a Register in every mans breast, Jer.17.1. The fin of Fudah is written with a pen of iron, and with the point of a Diamond; it is graven ap on the Table of their heart. Men will then ber wakened to purpose, and all their fors, with the aggravations ut çhem will be ser in the view of their Consciences. Hidders things shall be brougis to light in that day, I Cor.4.5.&c.
6. After the manifeftation of all their actions the Fudge will pronounce his definitive sentence on all their persons, according to their actions
. The sentence of abfolution upon the Godly, in these words, Come geblessed of my Father, inbers the Kingdom prepared for you from the fouædation of the world, Mic, 25. 34. The Saints of God and the ele&t will first be acquitted, before the e godly are condemned, that they may afterward joyn with thrift in judging the world; according co that in the 1 Cor.6... Where 'cis said, the Saints shall judge the world, 3.6. by way of apps
balion, approving and magnifying Christ's just sentence on devils and wick:d men; giving some such approbarion ( in probability) as that of the Angel, Rev.16.5. Thou art righteous O Lord, which art, and w.st
, and fivalt be, becanse th:u haft judged thus. And thus all the Saints íhul be Judges : But fome of them more eminently as Aflefforswith Christ, as is incimated concerning the Apolles, Mat. 19. 29. re also shall fit upon twelve Thrones, ' judging the twelve Tribes of ifrael.
We have showed what the sentence of absolutio in 'will be, which fhail paß upon the Godly. The Entence of condemnation followes, that will palle ipon the wicked; which we find recorded, Mat.25.41. Then shall he say also unto them on the ft hand, depart from me je curled into everlasta 18 fire, prepared for the Devil and his Aisels.
7. After the promulgation of the sentence , folweth the execution, and ferading of the persons
dged to their everlasting state, as it is written, lac.25.46. And these null go away into everlast3 punishment; but the righteous into life ciera Il.
We have seen what will be che Fudiciary prodings of this great day. 14. It now followes in the fourth and last place ac we speak something of the conscque dis ibere
1. Christs resigning up his Kingdom, ( not his effential, but that which he administers as Mediat or ) to the Father ; having fubdued sin and death ,' and put all his enemies under his feet, 1 Cor. 15. 21. Then cometh the end, whia ke shalb have delivered up the Kingdom to God, even the Father, when he shall have put down all rale, and all authority and power. V.25. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet
. V. 26. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. V.27. For he hath put all things under bis feet; but when he faith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which dis put all things under him. V. 28. And when..! things shall be fubdued unto him, then shall tbe for also himself be fubject unto him that put all this under him, that God may be all in all.
* 2. The burning of the world, of which we resi 2 Pe'.c. 3. V. 13. Looking for, and hast ning ss. the coming of the day of God, wherein the Heart being on fire shall be dissolved, and the Elemen Jhall melt with fervent heal. By this fire 'cis f buble the world will not be consum'd, but reme ed, clarified and purged. For 'cis compar'd melting fire, v.io.
The Elements sball wilh fervent heat. - And the Apostle f: elsewhere, The Creature shall be delivered the bondage of corruption, Rom. 8. 21. In everlasting flate God will have all things a: even che world it self. The use of this rem
world may eicher be, for an habitation for the just, or shat it may remain as a standing monument of Gods wisdom and power.
Thus we have seen 1. That there wili certains ly be a day of Fudgment. 2. That Christ will be the fudge. 3. What manner of proceedings there will be in that day. 4. The Confiquents thereof.
Whar now remaines, but that we carefully provide for this great and notable day of the Lord,
( as 'cis call'd Acts 2.20.) By breaking off our : fins by true and ferions repentance, and making our peace with God, in ard by Chris, o lec us laa bour to secure our interest in Christ, and our union with hinz, He is the Indge: It he be our AdvoCate, we need fear nothing. There is no condem. nation to them that are in Chrift Fesus, Rom.8.1. The Head will not condemn his own Mem. bers.
2. Let us do good, and communicate, and be merciful to the poor, while we have ability and opportunity. In the 25 Mat. 35,36. Compar'd wich 42,43. Christ hach cold us aforehand what que fions he will ask when he comech. Have you fed, have you visited, have you cloathed? 'Tis good we should be prepared for an answer.
Seeche Scriptures concerning the last Judgmene in the firlt part of this Treucife, pag. 74, &c.