Of the Last Judgement.
1. God hath appointed a Day wherein he will judge
the world in Righteousness, by (a)
Jesus Christ; to whom all power and judgement is given of the Father; in
which Day not only the (b) Apostate
Angels shall be judged; but likewise all persons that have lived upon the
Earth, shall appear before the Tribunal of Christ; (c)
to give an account of their Thoughts, Words, and Deeds, and to receive
according to what they have done in the body, whether good or evil.
a Act. 17.31. Joh. 5.22. 27.
2. The end of Gods appointing this Day, is for
the manifestation of the glory of his Mercy, in the Eternal Salvation of
the Elect; (d) and of his Justice
in the Eternal damnation of the Reprobate, who are wicked and disobedient;
for then shall the Righteous go into Everlasting Life, and receive that
fulness of Joy, and Glory, with everlasting reward, in the presence (e)
of the Lord: but the wicked who know not God, and obey not the Gospel of
Jesus Christ, shall be cast into Eternal torments, and (f)
punished with everlasting destruction, from the presence of the Lord, and
from the glory of his power.
d Rom, 9.22,23.
3. As Christ would have us to be certainly perswaded
that there shall be a Day of judgement, both (g)
to deter all men from sin, and for the greater (h)
consolation of the godly, in their adversity; so will he have that day
unknown to Men, that they may shake off all carnal security, and be always
watchful, because they know not at what hour, the (i)
Lord will come; and may ever be prepared to say, (k)
Come Lord Jesus, Come quickly, Amen.
g 2 Cor. 5.10,11.