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cat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot, they did eat, they drank, they bought, they fold, they planted, they builded : even thus

Thail it be in the day when the Son of man is « revealed. Maith. xxiv. 40. 41. ' Then shall two

be in the field ; the one shall be taken, and the • other left. Two women shall be grinding at the

mill; 'the one fall be taken, and the other left.' The Parties that shall be judged, are, Men and Devils: 2 Cor. v. 10. " We must all

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before ! the judgment-seat of Christ. Jude 6." And the

angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in ever. lasting chains under darkness, unto the judgment

of the great day.'. The Summons will be given to the Quick and the Dead, by the Sound of the last Trumpet, i Thel. iv. 16. 17. forecited. The Effect of that will be, that the Dead shall be raised, and those that are alive changed, 1 Cor. xv. 52. forecited. They will be gathered from all Airths, ụnto the Place of the Judgment, by the Ministry of Angels ; Mark xiii. 27. . And then shall he send & his angels, and shall gather together his elect

from the four winds, from the uttermost part of

the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.' Matth. xiii. 40. 41. 'As therefore the tares are

gathered, and burnt in the fire; so fhall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity' The Righteous will meet the Lord Christ the Judge in the Air, 1 Thef. iv. 17. forecited. And he will feat himself for the Judgment, on a glo

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215 rious Throne : Matth. xxv. 31. When the Son of

man fhall come in his glory, and all the holy • angels with him, then shall he fit upon the throne

of his.glory. The Parties will be placed before him; the Righteous on his right Hand, in the Air ; the Wicked on his Left, upon the Earth : Matth. Xxv. 33. ' And the Son of man shall set the sheep

on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Com. pared with 1 Thell. iv. 17. We which are alive

and remain, hall be caught up together with ' them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air.' And Matth. xxiv. 40. "Then shall two, be in the

field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.' What Men must give an Account of then, is, their Thoughts, Words, and Deeds done in the Body: I Cor. iv. 5. ' Judge nothing before the time, un« til the Lord come, who both will bring to light • the hidden things of darkness, and will make mani* feft the counsels of the hearts.' Matth. xii. 36. 37.

But I say unto you, that every idle word that men • shall speak, they shall give account thereof in • the day of judgment. For by thy words thou

fhalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.' Ecclef. xii. 14. 'God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret

thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.' And Judgment will be given on Men, according to their Works good or bad: Rev. XX. 12. "The • dead were judged out of those things which were

written in the books, according to their works.' 2 Cor. v. 'We must all appear before the

judgment- seat of Christ; that every one may re' ceive the things done in his body, according to • that he hath donte, whether it be good or bad.' Howbeit, the good Works of the Righteous will

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not be considered in the Judgment, as the Ground of their Right to Heaven; but as the Evidences of it: Eph. ii

. 8. 9. 'By grace are ye saved, through < faith; and that not of yourselves : it is the gift of • God: not of works, lest any man should boast.' Rev. xxii.

14. Blessed are they that do his com• mandments, that they may have right to the « tree of life, and may enter in through the gates

into the city. Compared with Mark iv. 25.

He that hath, to him shall be given : and he that • hath not, from him shall be taken even that - which he hath. And Matth. v. 45. ' That ye may be the children of

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Father which is in <heaven.' But the ill Works of the Unrighteous will be considered in it, as the juft Grounds of their Damnation : Gal. iii. 10. For as many as are § of the works of the law, are under the curse : $ for it is written, Cursed is every one that con

tinueth not in all things which are written in the

book of the law to do them.' Compared with Matth. XXV. 41. ' Then shall he say also unto them

on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, • into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and ? his angels.' Sentence will be pronounced on the Righteous first : Matth. xxv. 33. 34. And he shall

let the fheep on his right band, but the goats on & the left. Then shall the King say unto them on

his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, ( inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the { foundation of the world.'

The Benefit of Christ's Purchase they shall re. ceive in the Judgment, is, that they shall be openly acknowledged and acquittéd. They will be acknowledged and acquitted by Jesus Christ the Judge: Matth. x. 32. Whosoever therefore Thall confess

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me before men, him will I confess also before my • Father which is in heaven.' Chap. XXV. 34. above cited. He will acknowledge them to be his faithful Servants, and the Persons whose Names are written in his Book of Life, for whom he died : Matth. xxv. 23.

His Lord said unto him, Well . done, good and faithful servant ; thou hast been • faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler

over many things : enter thou into the joy of thy ! lord.' Rev. XX. 12. 'And another book was • opened, which is the book of life.' Compared with Chap. iii, 5. He that overcometh, the same « Mall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not $ blot out his name out of the book of life, but I

will confess his name before my Father, and bea • fore his angels.' And he will acquit them from the Guilt of all their Sins : Acts ii. 19. 'Repent

ye therefore, and be converted, that your fins

may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing ? Thall come from the presence of the Lord.' They are really so acknowledged and acquitted by him already : John xvii. 9. 19. I pray for them : I pray

not for the world, but for them which thou hart given me, for they are thine.

And all mine are I thine, and thine are mine, and I am glorified in ' them. Rom. viii. 33. 34. Who shall lay any I thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God , that juftifieth: 'who is he that condemneth ? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who

also maketh intercession for us.' But they will be acknowledged and acquitted by him, in that Day, openly ; namely, before his Father, Angels and Men : And he will do it, by a Sentence pronounced and published, with his own Mouth, from the

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Throne: Rev. iii. 5. forecited. Matth. xxv. 31.

of in ry, and all the holy angels with him, then thall She fit upon the throne of his glory.' And before

him mall be gathered all nations; and he shall "separate them one from another, as a shepherd <divideth his sheep from the goats. verf. 34. The Ser nce wilt be, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the king dom prepared for you from the foun. dation of the world, Matth. xxv. 34. The Ground on which they will be openly acquitted in the Day of Judgment, will be the very fame on which they are acquitted now, to wit, the Righteousness of Chrift upon them : Philip. iii. 9. ' And be found

in him, not having mine own righteousness, which sis of the law, but that which is through the faith

of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by 6 faith. Rom. v. 21. ' That as fin hath reigned un

to death, even so might grace reign through "righteousnefs unto eternal life, by Jesus Christ our • Lord... Chap. vi. 22. 23. ' But now being made < free from fin, and become servants to God, ye " have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death : but

the gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus • Chriít our Lord.' He will so acknowledge and acquit them openly, to wipe off the Aspersions now cast on them by the Men of the World: If. Ixvi. 5. ' Hear the word of the Lord, ye that tremble at • his word, Your brethren that hated you, that caft

you out for my name's sake, said, Let the Lord be glorified : but he shall appear to your joy, and

they shall be afhained.' The Honour to be put upon them, immediately after that Acknowledg. nient and Acquittance, is, that they shall join with

Christ,

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