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Any number of believers, duly associated, constitute a church of Christ, whose special ordinances are baptism and the Lord's supper. Adult believers and their children are, proper subjects of baptism, and all who are truly penitent for sin and vitally united to Christ in faith and love are proper candi. dates for the Lord's supper.
And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican. Mat. 18. 17.' And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. Acts 2. 47. As for Saul, he made havoc of the church. Acts 8. 3. Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. And he killed James, the brother of John, with the sword. Acts 12. 1. And he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the churches. Acts 15. 41. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. Rev. 2. 7.
Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Mat. 28. 19.
And he took bread and gave thanks and brake it and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of
Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood which is shed for you. Luke 22. 19, 20. When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's supper. For I have received of the Lord that which I also delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus, the same night in which he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he brake it and said, Take, eat, this is my body which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come. I Cor. 11. 20, 23–26.
And the eunuch said, See here is water; What doth hinder me to be baptized. And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. Acts 8. 36. Then they that gladly received his word were baptized ; and the same day there were added to them about 3000 souls. Acts 2. 41. And was baptized, he and all his, straightway. Acts 16. 33. She was baptized and her household. Acts 16. 15. And I baptized also the household of Stephanas. I Cor. 1. 16.
Whosoever shall eat this bread and drink this cup of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of th bread and drin of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. I Cor. 11. 27–29. Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness ? and what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath
he that believeth with an infidel? and what agreement hath the temple of God with idols ? for ye are the temple of the living God: as God hath said, I will dwell in them and walk in them; and I will be their God and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you and be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. II Cor. 6. 14-18.
There will be a resurrection of the dead, both just and unjust.
Marvel not at this : for 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. John 5. 28, 29. Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you that God should raise the dead? Acts 26. 8. 1 have hope towards God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust. Acts 24. 15. Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection ; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith towards God, of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. Heb. 6. 1, 2. They that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. Dan. 12. 2.-I Cor. 15. 12-57.
At the end of the world, there will be a general judgment, when the Lord Jesus Christ will assemble all intelligent creatures together and make retributions just and final: the righteous will be received to heaven and the wicked banished to hell.
We must all appear before the-judgment seat of Christ, that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men. II Cor. 5. 10. He hath appointed a day, in the which he. will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained, Acts 17. 31. For as the Father raiseth up the dead and quickeneth them ; even so the Son quickoneth whom he will. For the Father judgeth no
man; but hath committed all judgment unto the Son, that all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. John 5. 21–23. Whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed when he cometh in the glory of his father with the holy angels. Mark 8. 38. 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; and shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Mat. 13. 40---43.
The angels which kept not their first estate but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousand of his saints, to execute judgment upon all and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. Jude 6, 15. For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness to be reserved unto judgment ;-the Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished. II Pet. 2. 4, 9.
God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good or whether it be evil. Eccles. 12. 14. We are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth, against them which commit such things. And thinkest thou this, () man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God? Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and long suffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance ? But after thy hardness and impenitent heart, treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; who will render to every man according to his deeds: to them who, by patient continuance in well-doing, seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life ; but unto them that are contentious and do not obey the truth but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, tribulation and an: guish upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first and also of the gentile ; but glory, honour and peace to every man that worketh good to the Jew first and also to the gentile : for there is no respect of persons with God. For as many as have sinned without law, shall also perish without law; and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law, in the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ. Rom. 2. 2-12, 16. Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you ; and to you who are troubled, rest with God, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in fiaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his power; when he shall come to be glorified in his saints and to be admired in all them that believe in that day. Il Thess. 1. 6—10. Father, I will that they whom thou hast given me be with me where
John 17.24. So shall we ever be with the Lord. I Thess. 4. 17. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Heb. 10. 31. The fearful and unbelieving and the abominable and murderers and whoremongers and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone : which is the second death. Rev. 21. 8. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God: and the books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written irr the books according to their works. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. Rev. 20. 12, 15. When the Son of man shall come in his glory and all the holy angels
with him, then shall he it upon the throne of his glory: And before hiin shall be gathered all nations ; and he shall separate them one from another, even as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat : I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink : I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me : I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer, and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, yo cursed, into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels : For 1 was an hungered, and ye gave no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink : I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not : sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not, Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?-Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into life eternal. Alat. 25. 31-46.