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That the trial of your faith, &c. Abide in him; that when he shall might be found unto praise, and appear, we may have confidence, and honour, and glory, at the appearing not be ashamed before him at his of Jesus Christ, &c. The Father, coming.-1 John ii. 28. who, without respect of persons, That we may have boldness in the judgeth according unto every man's day of judgment; because as he is, works.—1 Pet.i.7.13.17. Ps.Ixii. 12. so are we.—1 John iv. 17.
Who shall give account to him The angels, which kept not their that is ready to judge the quick and first estate, he hath reserved in everthe dead? &c. The end of all things lasting chains, under darkness, unto is at hand: be ye therefore sober, the judgment of the great day, &c. and watch unto prayer, &c. The Behold, the Lord cometh with ten time is come that judgment must thousands of his saints, to execute begin at the house of God: and if it judgment upon all, &c.-Jude 6.14,15. begin first at us, what shall the end Behold, he cometh with clouds, be of them that obey not the gospel and every eye shall see him; and of God? And if the righteous scarcely they also which pierced him, &c. be saved, where shall the ungodly Rev. i. 7. and the sinner appear?-1 Pet. iv. 5. I will give to every one of you ac7.17, 18.
cording to your works.-Rev. ii. 23. When the chief Shepherd shall And the heavens departed as a appear, ye shall receive a crown of scroll, &c. And the kings of the glory.—1 Pet. v. 4.
earth, and the great men, and the If God spared not the angels that rich men, and the chief captains, and sinned, but cast them down, &c. to mighty men, &c. hid themselves in be reserved unto judgment, &c. The the dens, and in the rocks of the Lord knoweth how to deliver the mountains, and said to the mountains godly out of temptation, and to re- and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us serve the unjust unto the day of from the face of him that sitteth on judgment, to be punished.—2 Pet. the throne, and from the wrath of ii. 4. 9.
the Lamb; for the great day of his There shall come in the last day, wrath is come; and who shall be scoffers, walking after their own lusts, able to stand ?--Rev. vi. 14-17. and saying, Where is the promise of Mark xiii. 31. his coming? For since the fathers The nations were angry; and thy fell asleep, all things continue as wrath is come, and the time of the they were from the beginning, &c. dead that they should be judged ; The heavens and the earth, which and that thou shouldest give reward are now by the same word, are kept unto thy servants the prophets. in store, reserved unto fire, against Rev. xi. 18. xiv. 7. the day of judgment, and perdition I saw a great white throne, and of ungodly men, &c. One day is him that sat on it; from whose face with the Lord as a thousand years; the earth and the heaven Aled away, and a thousand years as one day, &c. &c. and I saw the dead, small and But the day of the Lord will come as great, stand before God; and the a thief in the night; in which the books were opened, &c. and the dead heavens shall pass away with a great were judged out of those things which noise, &c. Seeing then that all these were written in the books, according things shall be dissolved, what man- to their works.-- Rev. xx. 11, 12, 15. ner of persons ought ye to be? &c. Behold, I come quickly, and my Looking for ayd hastening unto the reward is with me; to give every coming of the day of God.--2 Pet. man according as his work shall be, iii. 3,4,7,8. 10-12. Ps. cii. 25, 26. &c. and the Spirit and the Bride say, Come, &c. He which testified these Lay up for yourselves treasures in things, saith, Surely, I come quickly. heaven; where neither moth nor rust Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!- doth corrupt, and where thieves do Rev. xxii. 12. 17. 20.
not break through nor steal.—Matt. We are sure that the judgment of vi. 20. God is according to truth, against Many shall come from the east them which commit such things.- and west, and shall sit down with Rom. i. 2.
Abraham, &c. in the kingdom of Be not deceived, God is not heaven.—Matt. viii. 11. Luke xvi. mocked; for whatsoever a man sow. 22. 25. eth, that shall he also reap; for he Then shall the righteous shine that soweth to his flesh, shall of the forth as the sun, in the kingdom of flesh reap corruption, &c.-Gal. vi. their Father.-Matt. xiii. 43. 7,8.
Jesus was transfigured before them;
and his face did shine as the sun, and CHAP. XXXV.
his raiment was white as the light.
Matt. xvii. 2, 3. OF THE GLORY PREPARED AND RE
In the resurrection, they neither
I, SERVED FOR BELIEVERS, AT THE
marry nor are given in marriage; but APPEARING OF THE LORD JESUS
us are as the angels of God in heaven. CHRIST.
- Matt. xxii. 30. Men have not heard nor perceived Then shall the King say, &c. Inby the ear, &c. what he hath pre- herit the kingdom prepared for you, pared for him that waiteth for him. &c. The righteous into life eternal. -I'sa. Ixiv. 4. I Cor. ii. 9, 10. —Matt. xxv. 34.46.
Verily there is a reward for the Fear not, little flock, for it is yout righteous.-Ps. lviii. 11.
Father's good pleasure to give you If in this life only we have hope the kingdom.-Luke xii. 32. James in Christ, we are of all men most ii. 5. miserable.-] Cor. xv. 19. 1 Tim. Thou shalt be recompensed at the iv. 8.
resurrection of the just.-Luke xiv. 14. Though after my skin, worms de. And the resurrection, &c. Neither stroy this body, yet in my flesh (or can they die any more; for they are out of my flesh) shall I see God; equal unto the angels, and are the whom I shall see for myself, and children of God.-Luke xx. 36. John mine eyes shall behold, and not ano- v. 29. Isa. xxv. 8. ther.- Job xix. 26, 27.
Lift up your heads, for your reIn thy presence is fulness of joy: demption draweth nigh.-Luke xxi. 28. at thy right hand there are pleasures I appoint unto you a kingdom, as for evermore.- Ps. xvi. 11. xvii. 15. my Father hath appointed to me;
Death shall feed on them, and the that ye may eat and drink at my upright shall have dominion over table, in my kingdom, and sit on them in the morning.–Ps. xlix. 14. thrones, judging the twelve tribes of
Many of them who sleep in the Israel.—Luke xxii. 29, 30. dust of the earth, shall awake: some To-day shalt thou be with me in to everlasting life, some to shame, Paradise.—Luke xxiii. 43. &c. and they that be wise (or teach- I give unto them eternal life; and ers) shall shine as the brightness of they shall never perish.—John X. 28. the firmament: and they that turn Rom. i. 7. many to righteousness, as the stars, Whither I go, thou canst not fol. for ever and ever.—Dan. xii. 2, 3. low me now; but thou shalt follow
Blessed are the pure in heart; for me afterwards. John xiii. 36. they shall see God.-Matt. v. 8. In my Father's house are many
mansions: if it were not so, I would As we have borne the image of the have told you: I go to prepare a earthly, we shall also bear the image place for you, &c. I will come again, of the heavenly, &c. The dead and receive you unto myself; that shall be raised incorruptible, and we where I am, there ye may be also.— shall be changed. For this corrupJohn xiv. 2, 3. 19. xii. 26.
tible must put on incorruption: and I will see you again, and your this mortal must put on immortaheart shall rejoice: and your joy no lity, &c.—] Cor. xv. 49. 52-56. man taketh from you.—John xvi. 22. 2 Cor. v. 4.
The glory which thou gavest me, Our light affliction, which is but I have given them, &c. Father, I for a moment, worketh for us a far will that they also whom thou hast more exceeding and eternal weight given me, be with me where I am; of glory, &c. The things which are that they may behold my glory, not seen, are eternal.--2 Cor. iv. 17, which thou hast given me.-John xvii. 18. Matt. v. 11, 12. 22. 24.
We have a building of God; an Glory, honour, and peace, to every house not made with hands, eternal man that worketh good.-Rom. ii. in the heavens.--2 Cor. v. 1. 7. 10.
Jesus Christ, who shall change We stand and rejoice in the hope our vile body, that it may be fashioned of the glory of God.-Rom. v. 2. like unto his glorious body.—Phil.
The end, everlasting life: for the iii. 20, 21. wages of sin is death, but the gift of For the hope which is laid up for God is eternal life, through Jesus you in heaven.-Col. i. 5. Christ our Lord.—Rom. vi. 22, 23. When Christ, who is our life, Gal. vi. 8. 2 Tim. i. 10.
shall appear, then shall ye also apHeirs of God, and joint heirs with pear with him in glory.-Col. ij. 4. Christ; if so be that we suffer with Then we which are alive and re. him, that we may be also glorified main, shall be caught up together together: for I reckon that the suffer with them in the clouds, to meet the ings of this present time, are not Lord in the air ; and so shall we worthy to be compareth with the ever be with the Lord. Wherefore glory which shall be revealed in us. comfort one another with these For the earnest expectation of the words.—1 Thess. iv, 17, 18. creature waiteth for the manifesta- To you who are troubled, rest tion of the sons of God, &c. We our- with us, when the Lord Jesus shall selves groan within ourselves, wait- be revealed, &c. when he shall come ing for the adoption, the redemption to be glorified in his saints, and to of our body, &c. Whom he justified, be admired in all them that believe. them he also glorified.-Rom. viii. —2 Thess. i. 7. 10. 17-19. 23. 30. Heb. i. 14. ii. 10. He called you by our gospel, to
They do it to obtain a corruptible the obtaining of the glory of the crown: but we, an incorruptible.- Lord Jesus Christ. Thess. 1 Cor. ix. 25.
ii. 14. We know in part, and we prophesy That they may obtain the salvation in part: but when that which is per- which is in Christ Jesus, with eternal fect is come, then that which is in glory--2 Tim. ii. 10. part shall be done away, &c. Now There is laid up for me a crown of we see through a glass, darkly; but righteousness; which the Lord, the then face to face : now I know in righteous judge, shall give me at that part; but then shall I know, even as day: and not to me only, but unto also I am known. -1 Cor. xiii. 9, all them also that love his appearing. 10. 12.
-2 Tim. iv. 8.
There remaineth therefore a rest He that doeth the will of God, to the people of God.—Heb. iv. 9. abideth for ever.- 1 John ii. 17.
Ye took joyfully the spoiling of We know that when he shall apyour goods; knowing in yourselves, pear, we shall be like him; for we that ye have in heaven a better, and shall see him as he is.—1 John iii. 2. an enduring substance: cast not away They shall walk with me in white, therefore your confidence, which hath &c. clothed in white raiment, &c. great recompense of reward.-Heb. will I make a pillar in the temple of X. 34, 35. Prov. viii. 21.
my God: and he shall go no more Abraham looked for a city which out, &c. will I grant to sit with me, hath foundations, whose builder and in my throne; even as I also overmaker is God, &c. They desire a came, and am set down with my better country, that is, an heavenly: Father.-Rev. iii. 4, 5. 12. 21. ii. wherefore God is not ashamed to be 26–28. called their God; for he hath pre- I beheld, and lo, a great multitude, pared for them a city, &c. Others &c. stood before the throne, and be were tortured, not accepting deliver- fore the Lamb, clothed with white ance, that they might obtain a better robes, and palms in their hands, &c. resurrection.-Heb. xi. 10. 16. 35. These are they which came out of xiii. 14.
great tribulation; and have washed Ye are come unto Mount Sion, and their robes, and made them white in unto the city of the living God, the the blood of the Lamb; therefore heavenly Jerusalem; and to an innu- are they before the throne of God, merable company of angels; to the and serve him day and night in his general assembly, &c. and to God, temple: and he that sitteth on the the judge of all, and to the spirits of throne shall dwell among them. They just men made perfect: and to Jesus, shall hunger no more, nor thirst no the Mediator of the new covenant.— more; neither shall the sun light on Heb. xii. 22–24.
them, nor any heat; for the Lamb Blessed be God, &c. which hath which is in the midst of the throne, begotten us again unto a lively hope, shall feed them, &c. And God shall &c. to an inheritance incorruptible, wipe away all tears from their eyes. and undefiled, and that fadeth not - Rev, vii. 9. 13-18. Isa. xxv. 8. away, reserved in heaven for you,&c. The souls of them that were beThe sufferings of Christ, and the headed for the witness of Jesus, and glory that should follow, &c. Hope which had not worshipped the beast, to the end for the grace that is to be &c. nor received his mark upon their brought unto you, at the revelation foreheads.-Rev. xx. 4. of Jesus Christ.—1 Pet. i. 3, 4. ll. The New Jerusalem's glory de13. v. 10.
scribed at large, &c. Behold, the Ye are thereunto called, that ye tabernacle of God is with men; and should inherit a blessing.-1 Pet. he will dwell with them, &c. and üi. 9.
wipe away all tears from their eyes. When the chief Shepherd shall And there shall be no more death; appear, ye shall receive a crown of neither sorrow, nor crying ; neither, glory, which fadeth not away, &c. shall there be any more pain: for the The God of all grace, who hath called former things are passed away. us unto his eternal glory, by Christ Rev. xxi. 1-5. xxii. 1-6. 2 Pet. Jesus, &c.—1 Pet. v. 4. 10. ii. 13. We, according to his promise, look
MBC for new heavens, and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. 2 Pet. iii. 13.
after them, which knew not the Lord,
nor yet the works which he had done OF KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTAND- for Israel.-Judges ü. 10.
ING IN DIVINE THINGS, AND THE Samson said unto his father, Get
not that it was of the Lord, that he When Abimelech had taken Sarah, sought an occasion against the PhiAbraham's wife, though in the in- listines.-Judges xiv. 3, 4. tegrity of his heart, not knowing her The sons of Eli were sons of Beto be Abraham's wife, because he had lial; they knew pot the Lord.--1 Sam. said, she was his sister : yet God ii. 12. said unto him, Behold thou art but a Now Samuel did not yet know the dead man, for the woman which thou Lord, neither was the word of the hast taken; for she is a man's wife. Lord yet revealed unto him.-- 1 Sam. -Gen, xx. 2-10.
iii. 7. Pharaoh said, Who is the Lord, That all the earth may know that that I should obey him ?- Exod. v. 2. there is a God in Israel, &c. and that
And the Egyptians shall know the Lord saveth not with sword and that I am the Lord, when I stretch spear, &c.—1 Sam. xvii. 46, 47. forth my hand upon Egypt, and bring Elijah prays that God will (by an out the children of Israel from among extraordinary means) let it be known them.—Exod. vii. 5. Ezek. vi. 7. this day, that thou art God in Israel, 10. 13. Exod. xiv. 4. 8.
&c. That this people may know According to thy word, that thou that thou art the Lord God.- 1 Kings mayest know that there is none like xviji. 36-38. unto the Lord our God.-Exod. viii. 10. Because the Syrians have said,
I have hardened his heart, and the The Lord is God of the hills, but he heart of his servants, that I might is not God of the valleys: therefore shew these my signs, &c. that ye will I deliver all this great multitude may know how that I am the Lord. — into thine hand, and ye shall know Exod. x. 1, 2. Deut. iv. 35. Exod. that I am the Lord.-i Kings xx. 28. vi. 7.
Solomon asked wisdom and knowJethro said (when Moses had told ledge, and God gave it; and riches him what God had done), Now I also.—2 Chron. i. 9-12. know that the Lord is greater than Nevertheless, they shall be bis all gods; for in the thing wherein servants : that they may know my they dealt proudly, he was above service, and the service of the king. them.—Exod. xviii. 11. 2 Kings v. 15. doms of the countries.-2 Chron.
Under the law, they were to offer xii. 8. sacrifices for sins of ignorance, whe- God left Hezekiah, to try him, ther of a person, or of the congrega- that he might know all that was in tion-Levit. iv. 2-4. 13-15. v. his heart. -2 Chron. xxxii. 31. 1-6.17-19. Numb. xv. 24–26. Canst thou by searching find out
Ye have seen all that the Lord did, God? Canst thou find out the Al&c. Yet the Lord hath not given mighty unto perfection ? &c.-Jobxi. you an heart to perceive, and eyes to 7, 8. 12. xxxvij. 5. Eccles. xi. 5. see, and ears to hear, unto this day, I have understanding as well as Deut. xxix. 2. 4.
you: I am not inferior to you.—Job They sacrificed to devils, not to xii. 3. xiji, 2. God; to gods whom they knew not; Lo, these are parts of his ways: to new gods.-Deut. xxxii. 17. but how little a portion is heard of
There arose another generation him !-Job xxvi. 14.