XXXI. Of the State of Man after Death and of the Resurrection of the Dead

1. The Bodies of Men after Death return to dust, aand see corruption; but their Souls (which neither die nor sleep) having an immortal subsistence, immediately breturn to God who gave them: the Souls of the Righteous being then made perfect in holiness, are received into paradise where they are with Christ, and behold the face of God, in light cand glory; waiting for the full Redemption of their Bodies; and the souls of the wicked, are cast into hell; where they remain in torment and utter darkness, reserved to dthe judgment of the great day; besides these two places for Souls separated from their bodies, the Scripture acknowledgeth none.

aGen. 3:19; Acts 13:36 bEccles. 12:7 cLuke 23:43; 2 Cor. 5:1, 6, 8; Phil. 1:23; Heb. 12:23 dJude 6–7; 1 Pet. 3:19; Luke 16:23–24

2. At the last day such of the Saints as are found alive shall not sleep but be achanged; and all the dead shall be raised up with the self same bodies, and bnone other; although with different cqualities, which shall be united again to their Souls forever.

a1 Cor. 15:51–52; 1 Thess. 4:17 bJob 19:26–27 c1 Cor. 15:42–43

3. The bodies of the unjust shall by the power of Christ, be raised to dishonor; the bodies of the just by his spirit unto honor, aand be made conformable to his own glorious Body.

aActs 24:15; John 5:28–29; Phil. 3:21