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II The End of God's appointing this Day, is for the Manifestation of the Glory of his Mercy, in the eternal Salvation of the Elect; and of his Justice, in the Damnation of the Reprobate, who are wicked and disobedient. Forthen Thall the Righteousgo into everlasting Life, and receive that Fulness of Joy and Refreshing, which fhall come from the Presenec of the Lord But the Wicked who know not God, and obey not the Gospel of Jesus Christ, fhall be cast in, to eternal Torments, and be punished with everlafting Destru&ion from the Presence of the Lord, and from the Glory of his Power !")

III. As Christ would have us to be certainly perfwaded that therefhall be a Day of Judgment, both to deter all Men from Sin, and forthe greater Con solation of the Godly in their Adversity : Sowill he

have thou shalt be justified, and by thy blotted out, when the times of refrewords thou shalt becondemned. phing shall come from the presence

II. 'Mat. 25. 31. to the end ) Rom, of the Lord. 2 Tbeff: 1,7,8,9,10. 2. S. But after thy hardness andim ( Seç in the bible. In penitent heart, treasureft up unto thy III. f 2 Pet. 3.11. Seeing then that self wrath against the day of wrath, all these things shall be dissolved, and revelation of the righteous what manner of persons ought yeto judgment of God; v. 6. who will be in all holy conversation and godrender to every man according to liness. v. 14. Wherefore, beloved, his deeds. Rom.9. 22:What if God, seeing that ye look for such things, willing to show his wrath,and to make be diligent that ye may be found of his power known, endured with him in peace, without spot and blemuch long-suffering the vessels of milh. 2 Cor. 5.10. See letter d.] v. 11. wrath fitted to destruction: 7:23. Knowing therefore the terror of the And that he might make known the Lord, we perfwade men ; but we are riches of his glory, on the vessels of made manifest unto God, and I trust mercy, which he had afore prepared also, are made manifest in your unto glory ? Mat.25.21.His lord said consciences. 2 Thell. 1. s. Which is unto him,

Well done, thou good and a manifest token of the righteous faithful servant; thou haft been judgment of God, that ye may be faithful over a few things, I will counted worthy of the kingdom of make thee ruler over many things : God, for which ye also suffer: v.6. enter thou into the joy of thy Lord. Seeing it is a righteous thing with Acts 3.19. Repent ye therefore and God to recompense tribulation to be converted, that your fins may be

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have that Day unknown to Men, that they may shake off all carnal Security, and be always watchfal, because they know not at what Hour the Lord will come; and may be ever prepared to say, Come, Lord Jesus, Come quickly. Amen s. them that trouble you; v.7. And to 'we see not, then dowe with patience you who are troubled; reft with us, wait for it. weated from here you with his migh-the Bible

, Mark 13:43: Watch yra ty angels Inke 28.127. And then therefore, (for ye know not when the Mall they see the son of. man master of the house cometh;atèven, coming in a cloud with power and or at mid-night or at the cock-crowa great glory! t.28. And when these ing, or in the morning) 12:36: Left things begin to cometo pass, then coming suddenly, he find you leeplook and lift up your heads; ing. v. 37. And what I say unto you, for your redemption draweth nigh. I lay unco all, Watch. Liike.12.135. Rom. 8.23: And not only they, but Let your loins be girded about, and our selves also, which have the first your lights burning;, v. 36. And ye fruits of the spirit, even we our your felves like unto men that wait felves groan within our felves, wait- fortheir Lord, when he will return ing for the adoption, to wit, the from the wedding, that when he redemption of our body. , v. 24. cometh and knocketh,, they may For we are faved by hope: but hope open unto him immediately. Rev. that is seen, is not hope: for what 22:20. He which teftifieth these á mán seeth, why doth heyet hope things, faith, Surely I come quiekfor? v. 25. But if we hope for that lý:Amen. Even so,come Lord Jofus.

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THE

Larger CATECHISM,

Agreed upon by the

Assembly of DIVINES

AT

WESTMINSTER,

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COMMISSIONERS

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Church of Scotland,

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Approved Anno 1648, by the GENERAL A SSEMBLY of the CHURCH of Scotland, to be a DIRECTOR Y for Catechising such as have made some Proficiency in the Knowledge of the GROUNDS of RELIGION.

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Larger Catechism, Agreed upon by the Assembly of Divines at Westminster : Examined and Approved Anno 1648, by the GENERAL ASSEMBLY of the Church of SCOTLAND, &c.

HA T is the chief and highest End

of Man? Answer. Man's chief and highest End is to glorify Gods, and fully to enjoy him for ever 5.

2. Quest. How doth it appear that there is a God?

Answ. The very Light of Nature in Man, and the Works of God declare plainly that there is a God : But his Word and Spirit only do sufficiently,

and 1. * Rom. 11. 36. For of him, and good for me to draw nearto God: 1 through him, and to him are all have put my trust in the Lord God, things: to whom be glory for ever. that i may declare all thy works. Amen. 1. Cor. io. 31. Whether John 17. 21. That they all may be therefore ye ear or drink, or what- one, as thon, Father, art in me, and soever ye do, do all to the glory lin thee; that they also may be one of God."

in us: that the world's Pfal. 73. 24. Thou shalt guide that thou hast sent me. v. 22. And 'me with thy counsel, and afterwards the glory which thou gavest me, I receive me to glory. v.25. Whom havegiven them: that they may be have I in heaven but thee and there one, even as we are one. v.23. Iin is none on earth, that I defire be- them and thou in me, that they may fides thee. v. 26. My flesh and my be made perfect in one, and that the heart faileth: but God is the strength world may know that thou hast sent of my heart, and my portion for me, and hast loved them, as thou ever. v. 27. .For lo, they that are haft loved me. far from thee, fhall perish : thou Rom. 1. 19. Because that thalt destroy all them that go a which may be known of God, is whoring from thee. v. 28. But it is

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