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Mat. 22. 21,
18 to 20.
Render therefore to all their dues ; tribute to whom tribute is due, custom to whom custom, fear to whom fear, honour to whom honour. ,
Then saith he unto them, Render there. fore unto Cæfar the things which are Cæsar's; and unto Goding the things that are God's.
Q. Are we obliged to obey magistrates in fuch things as we are perfuaded in our minds
are contrary to the commands of Christ? Ads 4.
A. And they called them, and cominanded them not to speak at all, nor teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the right of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but fpeak the things which
we have seen and heard. 27, 28, Ch. s. And when they had brought them, they 40. set them before the council, and the high
priest asked them, saying, Did not we ftraitly command yé, that ye should not - teach in this name? And behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us. Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
Q. What ought to be magifirates behaviour in such cases, according to the counsel of wise Gamaliel Ž
- A. Then stood there up one in the council, Aas 3. a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the 34, 35. law, had in reputation among all the people, and commanded to put the apostles forth a little space; and said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves, what ye intend to do, as touching these men. And now I say unto you, Refrain from 5.38.39 these men, and let them alone; for if this counsel, or this work, be of men, it will come to nought; but if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it: lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.
Q. What command giveth Christ to his people under the gospel, in relation to this matter? How doth he hold forth their duty under the parable of the tares ?
A. So the servants of the housholder Mat.13.... came, and faid unto him, Sir, didst not thou 20: fow good feed in thy field ? From whence then hath it tares? He faid unto them, An -enemy hath done this. The servants faid unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them np? But he said, Nay; left while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also' the wheat with them.
Q. Doth be explain these tares of the wicked, whom the goldly must not take upon them to cut off, left through mistake they hurt the good, but leave it to God, to do it by his angels. ' .
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Mat.13. A. The field is the world; the good feed
are the children of the kingdom; but the
CHA P. XIV.
- A. And have hope towards God, which · 34. 15.
they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.
-Q. To what different end shall the good be raised from the bad; and how are they there.
unto reserved? . Johns. A. Marvel not at this, for the hour is 28, 29.
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 condemnation.
But the heavens and the earth, which are 2 Pets now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judg. ment, and perdition of ungodly men.
Q. What must be answered to fuch as ask, How the dead are raised, and with what body? A. Thou fool, that which thou sowest is 1 Cor;
15. 36, not quickened except it die. And that to 44. which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain; but God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body. All flesh is not the same flesh; but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial; but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one. star differeth from another star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption; it is sown in dishonour, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power;
it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. ..
Q. The apofile seems to be very positive, that it is not that natural body, which we now
have, that mall rise; but a spiritual body. 1 Cor.
A. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh 15.? and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of 10 55.
God; neither doth corruption inherit in. corruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we Ahall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumper shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immor. tality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal Iball have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the faying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave! where is thy victory?