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all appear before the judgment feat of Christ, that every one way receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath dose, whether it be good or bad. Christ shall therefore appear in the proper form and condition of a Fudge , ficting upon a Throne of judicature.

4. There will be a personal uppearance of all men before that feat of judicature',. spor which Chriftshall fit. For we must all appear, and we Thall all stand before thác judgmenc-seat, Rev. 20.12. And I saw the dead small and great stand before God, &c. Mar. 35. 32. And before him Shall be gathered all Nations, and be shall separate them one from another, as a {bepherd divideth his fheep from the goats.

s. When those who are to be judged are bronght * before the judgment feat of Christ, all their actè1 ons shall appear, 1. Cor.4.5. Tberefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkneffe, and will make manifeft the counsels of the hearts. Ecclef. 12.14. For God shall bring every work into judgment with every fecret thing, whether.it be good, or whether it be evil. To this end

in the vision of Daniel when the judgment was 6 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.

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599 Divines speak of a threefold book trd balion, approving and magnifying Christ's just

Sentence on devils and wicked men; giving some then be opened.

1. The book of Statutes ; or the built a le aprobarion ( in probability ) as the of the Word, wherein the Law and Gopel arem Angel, Rev.16.5. Thou art righteous O Lord, with all the duties commanded and fires ter which art, and w.ft, and halt be, because th:# den in them both.

2. The book of Gods Omniscience and mean Judges : But fome of them more eminently as brance, Mal.3. 16. And a book of rakettiAfeffors with Christ, as is incimaced concerning

3. The book of Conscience, which lesen welve Thrones, judging the twelve Tribes of If.. with the point of a Diamond; it spoon on will be, which fail paß upon the Godly. The

fin of Fudah is written with a pen u hra, oue : We have showed whac che sentence of absolutie on the Table of their heart, Men will them on intence of condemnation followes, that will pasie wakened to purpose, and all their has, son upon the wicked; which we find recorded, their Consciences, Hidden things foullbeh. It band, depart from me ye curled into everlaston all their persons, according to their foncth the execution, and feading of the persons she Judge will pronounce his definitive feway 7. After the promulgation of the sentence, folo The sentence of absolntion upon the God's. Indged to their everlasting State, as it is written, these words, Come geblessed of my Father, is Mat.25.46. And these joill go away into everlastthe Kingdom prepared for you from the forest 3. punishment; but the righteous into life ctern and the elect will first be acquitted, before the We have seen what wil be the fudiciary projoyn with chrift in judging the world; accars, 4. le now followes in the fourth and last place

Mat.25.41. Then shall be say also unto them ontle

aggravations of them will be ser inte

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to light in that day, 1 Cor.4.5.0,

6. After the manifeftation of all their angels,

of the world, M1. 25. 34. The Saints of Gale godly are condemned, chat they may aftur

, Saints shalljudge the world, sic band and to chat in the i.Cor.6.2. Where 'cis laid, 4

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bation, approving and magnifying Christ's just fentence on devils and wick:d men; giving some such approbarion fin probability) as that of the Angels Rev.16.5. Thou art righteous O Lord, which art, and wast, and lialt be, because th:u hast judged thus. And thus all the Saints thul be JudgesBut fome of them more eminently as Afleffors with Christ, as is incimated concerning the Apollles, Mat.19. 28. Te alfo Mall sit upon twelve Thrones, ' judging the twelve Tribes of ifrael.

'We have shewed what the femtence of abfolutie in 'will be, which fhail paß upon the Godly. The entence of condemnation followes, that will passe ipon the wicked; which we find recorded, Mat.25.41. Then shall he say also unto them on the ft hand, depart from me ye curled into everlast13 fire, prepared for the Devil and his Aixels.

7. After the promulgation of the sentence , fol. weth the execution, and ferading of the persons

dged to their everlasting state, as it is written, lat.25.46. And these lisill go away into everlast3 punishment ; but the rightcous into life cierT.

We have seen what will be che Fudiciary prodings of this great day.

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1. Christs resigning up his Kingdom, ( not his essential, but that which he administers as Media! or ) to the Father ; having fubdued sin and at death, and

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all his enemies under his feet, Cor, 15.21. Then cometh the end, whia be Mhill 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 laft enemiy 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 did put all things under him. V.28. And when a things shall be fubdued unto him, then shall tbe fos also himself be fubject unto him that put allihing under him, that God may be all in all.

* 2. The burning of the world, of which we res 2 Pe'.c. 3. v. 13. Looking for, and haftning the coming of the day of God, wherein the Heart being on fire shall be diffolved, and the Eleme: Jhall melt with fervent heat. By this fire 'cis pou buble the world will not be consim'd, but riba ed, clarified and purged. For 'cis compar'd co mn?lting fire, V.io.

The Elements ball wilh fervent heat. — And the Apostle 12: elsewhere, The Creature shall be delivered to the bondage of corruption, Rom. 8. 25. 133 everlasting face God will have all things ar even che world it self. The use of this remer

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for an habitation for the just, or that it may remain as a standing monument of Gods wisdom and power.

Thus we have seen r. That there will certainly 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 Cons«quents thereof.

What now remaines, but that we carefully i provide for this great and not able day of the Lord,

(as 'cis call'd Acts 2.20.) By breaking off onr

fons by true and ferions repentance, and making з our peace with God, in ard by Chrif. O lec us la

bour to secure our interest in Christ, and our union with him. He is the Fredge : If he be our Advocate, we need fear nothing. There is no condem. nation to them that are in Christ Fesus, Rom.8.1. The Head will not condemn his own Mem. bers.

3. 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 with 42,43. Christ hach cold us aforehand what queNions 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 Scriprures concerning the last Judg. menc in che firit part of this Treatise, pag. 74, &c.

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