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in connection with the profession of the faith. Their theory of being conceived, quickened and born of the spirit in an instant of time, will not allow of giving account. They are satisfied with nothing short of an instantaneous and sudden bound from the dust, somewhat after the manner of a rocket skyward through the air! They do not seem to have any respect for figures, or analogies; and, I am sorry to say, some of them manifest as little deference for the plain and direct testimony of the Word.

Moses and Paul both testify that "Jehovah shall judge His people" (Deut. xxxii. 36; Heb. x. 30). And Solomon says, "The Elohim shall judge the righteous and the Wicked" (Eccl. iii. 17). This Elohistic Judge is the Father and the Son in flesh-manifestation, justified by spirit (1 Tim. iii. 16). "The Father hath committed all judgment to the Son, and hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of Man" (Jno. v. 22, 27). "As I hear," adds Jesus, "I judge; and my judgment is just." "The word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day" (Jno. xii. 48). "The Lord will not condemn the righteous when he is judged" (Ps. xxxvii. 33). "He shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil" (Eccl. xii. 14). "Every injurious word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in a day of judgment" (not merely when they confess in prayer): "for by thy words," saith Jesus, "thou shaft be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned" (Matt. xii. 36–37). Paul teaches that "men treasure up for themselves wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of Deity: who will render to every man according to his deeds: to them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and incorruptibility, eternal life; but unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, 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 Deity. 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 law, in the day when Deity shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel" (Rom. ii. 5–12,16).

No teaching can be plainer than this. There is a day styled "the last day," which is "a day of judgment"; specified by John as "the time of the dead that they should be judged" (Rev. xi. 18). In that day, "a great white throne" is set; and "the dead, small and great,