For all the dead shall be raised out of the earth, and their souls joined and united with their proper bodies, in which they fonnerly lived. As for those who shall then be living, they shall not die as the others, but be changed in the twinkling of an eye, and from corruptible, become incorruptible. Then the books (that is to say the consciences) shall be opened, and the dead judged according to what they shall have done in this world, whether it be good or evil. Nay, all men shall give an account of every idle word they have spoken, which the world only counts amusement and jest: and then the secrets and hypocrisy of men shall be disclosed and laid open before all. And therefore the consideration of this judgment, is justly terrible and dreadful to the wicked and ungodly, but most
desirable and comfortable to the righteous and elect: because then their full deliverance shall be perfected, and there they shall receive the fruits of their labor and trouble which they have borne. Their innocence shall be known to all, and they shall see the terrible vengeance which God
shall execute on the wicked, who most cruelly persecuted, oppressed and tonnented them in this world; and who shall be convicted by the testimony of their own consciences, and being immortal, shall be tonnented in that everlasting fire, which is prepared for the devil and his angels. But on the contrary, the faithful and elect shall be crowned with glory and honor; and the Son of God will confess their names before God His Father, and His elect angels; all tears shall be wiped from their eyes; and their cause which is now condemned by many judges and magistrates, as heretical and impious, will then be known to be the cause of the Son of God. And for a gracious reward, the Lord will cause them to possess such a glory, as never entered into the heart of man to conceive. Therefore we expect that great day with a most ardent desire to the end that we may fully enjoy the promises of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. AMEN.
"Even so, come, Lord Jesus" (Rev. 22:20).
The Heidelberg Catechism
Questions and Answers 57 and 58
Q. 57. What comfort doth the "resurrection of the
body" afford thee?
A. That not only my soul after this life shall be immediately taken up to Christ its head; but also, that this ~ my body, being raised by the power of Christ, shall be reunited with my soul, and made like unto the glorious body of Christ.
Q. 57. What comfort takest thou from the article of "life everlasting"
A. hat since I now feel in my heart the beginning of eternal joy, after this life, I shall inherit perfect salvation, which "eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath it entered into the heart of man" to conceive, and that, to praise God therein forever.