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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 faith he unto them, Render there22. 21. fore unto Cæfar the things which are
Cæsar's ; and unto God, the things that are God's.
Q. Are we obliged to obey magistrates in such things as we are perfuaded in our minds are contrary to the commands of Christ?
A. And they called them, and commanded 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 fight of God to hearken uinto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but fpeak the things which we have seen and heard.
And when they had brought them, they 27, 28,
set them before the council, and the high priest asked them, saying, Did not we ftraitly command ye, 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
Q. What ought to be magifirates behaviour in such cases, according to the counsel of wife Gamaliel ?
A. Then stood there up one in the council, Aas 5. 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: left 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
29. sow good seed in thy field? From whence then hath it tares? He said 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 he 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
Mat.13. A. The field is the world; the good feed 38 to 41.
are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked
one ; the enemy that lowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world, and the . reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so shall 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.
CH A P. XIV.
Concerning the Resurrection.
Aus 34. 15.
Quest.-What faith the scripture of the resurrection of the dead?
A. And have hope towards God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.
-Q. To what different end sall the good be raised from the bad; and how are they there
unto reserved? John 5. 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
resurre&tion of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of condemnation.
But the heavens and the earth, which are 2 Pet. now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment, and perdition of ungodly men.
Q. What must be answered to such as ask, How the dead are raised, and with what body? A. Thou fool, that which thou fowest is 1 Cor,
And that to 44.
15. 36, not quickened except it die. which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, bur 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 aposile seems to be very positive, that it is not that natural body, which we now have, that shall rise ; but a spiritual body.
A. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh 15.50, and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of
God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we fall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall found, 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 thall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in viêtory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave! where is thy victory?