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CHAP. XXXI.

Of the State of Man after Death and of the Resurrection of the Dead.

1. The Bodies of Men after Death return to dust, 476476Gen. 3.19. Act. 13.36.and see corruption; but their Souls (which neither die nor sleep) having an immortal subsistence, immediately 477477Eccles. 12.7.return to God who gave them: the Souls of the Righteous being then made perfect in holyness, are received into paradise where they are with Christ, and behold the face of God, in light 478478Luk. 23.43. 2 Cor. 5.1,6,8. Phil. 1.23. Heb. 12.23.and glory; waiting for the full Redemption of their Bodies; and the souls of the wicked, are cast into hell; where they remain in torment and utter darkness, reserved to 479479 Jud. 6,7. 1 Pet. 3.19. Luk. 16.23,24.the judgement of the great day; besides these two places for Souls separated from their bodies, the Scripture acknowledgeth none.

2. At the last day such of the Saints as are found alive shall not sleep but be 4804801 Cor. 15: 51,52. 1 Thes. 4.17.changed; and all the dead shall be raised up with the self same bodies, and 481481Job 19.26,27.none other; although with different 4824821 Cor. 15.42,43.qualities, which shall be united again to their Souls for ever.

3. The bodies of the unjust shall by the power of Christ, be raised to dishonour; the bodies of the just by his spirit unto honour, 483483 Act. 24.15. Joh. 5.28,29. Phil. 3.21.and be made conformable to his own glorious Body.


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