Table of Contents

Full Text – Westminster Confession of Faith

  1. Chapter 1. Of the Holy Scripture
  2. Chapter 2. Of God, and of the Holy Trinity
  3. Chapter 3. Of God’s Eternal Decree
  4. Chapter 4. Of Creation
  5. Chapter 5. Of Providence
  6. Chapter 6. Of the Fall of Man, of Sin, and of the Punishment thereof.
  7. Chapter 7. Of God’s Covenant with Man
  8. Chapter 8. Of Christ the Mediator
  9. Chapter 9. Of Free Will
  10. Chapter 10. Of Effectual Calling
  11. Chapter 11. Of Justification
  12. Chapter 12. Of Adoption
  13. Chapter 13. Of Sanctification
  14. Chapter 14. Of Saving Faith
  15. Chapter 15. Of Repentance unto Life
  16. Chapter 16. Of Good Works
  17. Chapter 17. Of the Perseverance of the Saints
  18. Chapter 18. Of the Assurance of Grace and Salvation
  19. Chapter 19. Of the Law of God
  20. Chapter 20. Of Christian Liberty, and Liberty of Conscience.
  21. Chapter 21. Of Religious Worship and the Sabbath-day
  22. Chapter 22. Of Lawful Oaths and Vows
  23. Chapter 23. Of the Civil Magistrate
  24. Chapter 24. Of Marriage and Divorce
  25. Chapter 25. Of the Church
  26. Chapter 26. Of the Communion of the Saints
  27. Chapter 27. Of the Sacraments
  28. Chapter 28. Of Baptism
  29. Chapter 29. Of the Lord’s Supper
  30. Chapter 30. Of Church Censures
  31. Chapter 31. Of Synods and Councils
  32. Chapter 32. Of the State of Man After Death, and of the Resurrection of the Dead.
  33. Chapter 33. Of the Last Judgment

32. Of the State of Man After Death, and of the Resurrection of the Dead.

1. The bodies of men, after death, return to dust and see corruption: (1)  but their souls (which neither die nor sleep) having an immortal subsistence, immediately return to God who gave them: (2)  the souls of the righteous, being then made perfect in holiness, are received into the highest heavens, where they behold the face of God, in light and glory, waiting for the full redemption of their bodies. (3)  And the souls of the wicked are cast into hell, where they remain in torments and utter darkness, reserved to the judgment of the great day. Beside these two places, for souls separated from their bodies, the Scripture acknowledgeth none. (4) 

^ (1) Gen. 3:19; Acts 13:36
^ (2) Luke 23:43; Eccles. 12:7
^ (3) Heb. 12:23; II Cor. 5:1, 6, 8; Phil. 1:23, with Acts 3:21 & Eph. 4:10
^ (4) Luke 16:23, 24; Acts 1:25; Jude ver. 6, 7; I Pet. 3:19

2. At the last day, such as are found alive shall not die, but be changed: (5)  and all the dead shall be raised up, with the selfsame bodies, and none other, although with different qualities, which shall be united again to their souls for ever. (6) 

^ (5) I Thess. 4:17; I Cor. 15:51, 52
^ (6) Job 19:26, 27; I Cor. 15:42, 43, 44

3. The bodies of the unjust shall, by the power of Christ, be raised to dishonour: the bodies of the just, by His Spirit, unto honour; and be made conformable to His own glorious body. (7) 

^ (7) Acts 24:15; John 5:28, 29; I Cor. 15:43; Phil. 3:21

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