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The Final Judgment.

The Final Judgment.

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For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that ercry one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he bath done, whether H be good or bad.— 9 CoaurniiAic* v. 10. *

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that ercry one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he bath done, whether H be good or bad.— 9 CoaurniiAic* v. 10. *

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Jul 13, 2013
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THE FIAL JUDGMET.REV. EDWARD PAYSO, D. D.For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that ercryone may receive the things done in his body, according to that he bathdone, whether H be good or bad.— 9 CoaurniiAic* v. 10. *To a mind that looks beyond present appearances, to futurerealities; and with the eye of faith, sees things which are not, asthough they were, how solemn, how interesting is the scene be-fore us* In this assembly, we behold an assembly of immortals,an assembly of candidates for eternity ; a part of that Vast as-sembly, which will one day .stand exulting in triumph, orsinking in despair, before the tribunal of an avenging God. Inevery individual here present, we contemplate an heir of gloryor a child of perdition ; a future inhabitant of heaven, or a pris-oner of hell; an embryo angel, or an infant fiend. Whateverdiversity there may be in other respects, how different soevermay be your character, pursuits and situations in life, to one of these classes, my friends, you all belong; for you must all ap-pear before the judgment seat, to receive according to the deedsdone in the body ; and after the irrevocable sentence is pro-nounced, must each of you depart accursed into everlasting fire,or enter blessed into life eternal.As there is no middle character between the righteous and thewicked in this world, so there will be no intermediate state be*582 THE FIAL JUDGMET.tween heaven and hell in the next; but one of these is diehabitation finally appointed for all living.
And do you feel no anxiety, do yon consider it a matter of noconsequence, my friends, to know which of these will be yourlot? You are usually sufficiently fond of looking forward be-yond the present hour, and anticipating the future scenes of life; especially when any important event is before you. Withanxious eagerness and curiosity, you look forward from child-hood to youth, from youth to manhood, and from manhood toage; and perhaps not a single hour arrives, which has not beenthe subject of frequent anticipation. Come then, and exercisefor a few moments, an employment of which you are so fond.Let not your thoughts be ever cpniiped to tbis narrow circle of three score years and ten ; but for once take a bolder range andanticipate scenes equally certain, far more instructive and infi-nitely more important, than any which this life affords. Comeand look forward to the final consummation of all things, whenChrist shall be revealed in flaming fire, to take vengeance onthose who know not God, and 1 who are disobedient to the truth ;when the heavens shall pass away with a great noise ; and theelements shall melt with fervent heat; 'and the earth, with theworks thereof, shall be burnt up. Come and look forward tothat tremendous day, far more terrible to the self-condemnedsinner, than all the horrors of dissolving nature, and a world onfire; which will unalterably determine our final destinies ; andbestow on each of us an eternal weight of glory, or consign usover to the mansions of despair.But the subject is too yaat to be grasped at once by any finiteintelligence. To assist our feeble faculties, let us consider itseparately under the following particulars. The certainty of afuture judgment ; the Judge who will preside ; the persons whowill be judged; the things for which they will be called to anaccount, and the design of the whole transaction.I. We are to inquire iaty the certainty of a future judgment,before which we all must appear, as the apostle asserts.Of this, my friends, we shall soon see there is no room tor.doubt o proposition of natural or revealed religion, not erenthat which regards the existence <rf a Clod, is accompanied withmore convincing evidence than this. Tliey are indeed truths
necessarily and inseparably connected; for it is evident almostT&K FIAL JUDGMET. .that he who created most govern, and that hewho governs must judge the work). We cannot possibly sup-pose, that an infinitely wise being would create man, and thenkav* him to himself; or to the sport of blind accident o, hemust have had some suitable design in his creation ; and theonly design of a being infinitely holy, just, and good, of whichwe can form any conception, is his own glory as connected withthe greatest possible happiness of his ereaturea To accomplishthis design, oertakt taws and regulations are necessary ; and if Ids creature* disobey these regulations, all his perfections join in requiring that they should be restrained and punished.Experience however, abundantly shows that, in this world, noadequate punishment is inflicted} that there is little or no appa-sent distinction between the bad and the good ; but that aHthings come alike to all ; that there is one event to the right-eous and to die wicked, to him that serveth God and himthat serveth him not. Hence it appears, that there must be afuture day of recompense and retribution, when God will vindi-cate bis own character, reward bis faithful friends, and convincethe assembled world that his righteous laws are not to be viola*led with impunity.Omitting the arguments which might be deduced from thepeesent bfe^ as being a state of probation, and others equally co-gent, we may observe, secondly, that the existence of naturaloenseeience also proves the certainty of a future judgmentWherever* we see inferior courts and subordinate officers, wenaturally conclude there is some superior power from whomtheir authority is derived, and by whom their proceedings willbe ratified and sanctioned. In the same manner, when we seeconscience summoning us to her bar and passing sentence on ev-ery thought, word and action, we cannot avoid concluding, that hewha placed this monitor in our breasts, and from whom its powerand authority are derived, will at some future period confirm

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