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Conducts to heaven or hell. 1 S. 20. 3. There is but a step between me and death.
Ec. 9. 12. For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleih suddenly upon them.
139. Does the soul sleep with the body ?
2 K. 2. 11. Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.
Ec. 3. 21. Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?
Ec. 12. 7. Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
Mat. 22. 32. "I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.
Lk. 16. 22. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom, The rich man also died, and was buried; and in hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
Lk. 23. 43. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To-day shalt thou be with me in paradise.
Ac. 7. 59. And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.
2 Cor. 5. 8. We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
Ph. 1. 23. I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better.
Heb. 6. 12. Be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
Heb. 12. 23. The spirits of just men made perfect. Rev. 5. 9. And they sung a new song, saying, Thou
Desirable to the righteous.
art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof.
Rev. 6. 9. And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held.
140. Is death in any sense, desirable to the righteous? Job 7. 16. I would not live always.
Ps. 17. 15. As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.
Ps. 116. 15. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints
Is. 57. 1. The righteous is taken away from the evil to come. He shall enter into peace.
Lk. 16. 22. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom.
1 Cor. 3. 22. Or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours.
1 Cor. 13. 12. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then I shall know even as also I am known.
2 Cor. 5. 1. We know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: 4. Not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. 8. We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
Ph. 1. 21. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labor: yet what I shall choose I wot not. For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better. Nevertheless, to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.
Righteous supported—of the wicked-Peparation for.
Rev. 14. 13. Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: yea saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors: and their works do follow them.
141. Will the righteous be supported in death ?
Ps. 23. 4. Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Pr. 14. 32. The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous hath hope in his death.
1 Cor. 15. 54. Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory, through our Lord Jesus Christ.
142. Is death undesirable to the wicked ?
Job 27. 19. The rich man shall lie down, but he shall not be gathered; he openeth his eyes, and he is not. Terrors take hold on him as waters, a tempest stealeth him away in the night. The east wind carrieth him away, and he departeth: and as a storm hurleth him out of his place. For God shall cast upon him and not spare: he would fain flee out of his hand.
Pr. 11. 7. When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perisheth.
Pr. 14. 32. The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous haih hope in his death.
Is. 14. 9. Hell from beneath is moved for thee, to meet thee at thy coming.
Lk. 16. 22. The rich man also died, and was buried, and in hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torments.
Heb. 10. 31. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
143. Are we warned and exhorted to be prepared for death? Dt. 32. 29. Oh that they were wise, that they
Living in view of—General resurrection. understood this, that they would consider their latter
Pr. 27. 1. Boast not thyself of to-morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.
Ec. 9. 10. Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.
Mat. 24. 44. Be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not, the Son of man cometh.
Lk. 12. 35. Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that, when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching.
1 Pet. 4.7. The end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.
144. Is living in view of death and eternity exemplified ?
2 Cor. 4. 18. We look not at the things which are seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Ph. 3. 20. Our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour.
Heb. 11. 13. These [Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham,] all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.- 16. That is, a heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city. [See 187.]
Death and Resurrection. 145. Will there be a general resurrection of the dead ? Job 14. 14. If a man die, shall he live again?
Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee; thou wilt have a desire to the work of thy hands.
Job 19. 26. And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God.
Hos. 13. 14. I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues, O grave, I will be thy destruction.
Mat. 22. 30. In the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.
Lk. 20. 37. Now that the dead are raised, even Moses showed at the bush, when he calleth the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living. Mat. 22. 31.
Jn. 5. 28. The hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.
Jn. 6. 40. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
Jn. 11. 23. Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection, at the last day.
Ac. 4. 1. The Saducees came upon them, Being grieved that they [the apostles] taught the people, and preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead.
Ac. 24. 15. And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, tbat there shall be a resurrection of the dead both of the just and unjust.
Ac. 26. 8. Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you that God should raise the dead? Rom. 6. 3. Now, if we be dead with Christ, we