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"For example, from the stated argument, for these whom manner of life is in the heavens, in a variety of cases, a diverse consolation is able to be supplied:

A. Generally, in every evil, of whatsoever sort and however much it may be, that such persons are free from all evil. For just as those who have been united to Christ live a heavenly manner of life, so also those who live a heavenly manner of life have been united to Christ, and thus are in him; accordingly, in the judgment of Paul, there is now no longer any condemnation upon them (Rom. 8:1).

B. Specifically, in any lack, because, being united to Christ, in him they may receive grace for grace (John 1:14,16) in such a way that they become complete in him (Co1.1:28; 2:10), inasmuch as he is the one who for them is all in all (Co1. 3:11).

C. In the anxieties of sin, because, united with Christ, they have died with him, and their life has been hidden with Christ in God (Col. 3:3), they have been crucified with him, and in him they live free from guilt (Ga1. 2:20).

D. In earthly poverty, insofar as (1) those who live a heavenly manner of life also revere God, and to such a persons there is a promised no want (Ps. 34:9); (2) in any need there is a better substance for them in heaven (Heb. 10:34; Ps. 73:25).

E. In death itself, insofar as (1) not only have those have a manner of life in heaven, and who look not toward visible things but invisible things, been persuaded that when this their earthly tabernacle has been destroyed, they will have a dwelling not made with hands in the heavens (2 Cor. 4:18; 5:1); but also (2) they know that as they have been made like to him with respect to his death, so also they will be made like to him with respect to his resurrection (Rom. 6:5); indeed (3) having manner of life in heaven, from there they look for Jesus Christ, who will glorify their humble bodies (Phil. 3:21)." pg. 19,20 Petrus Van Mastricht Volume 1 'Theoretical-Practical Theology-Prolegomena'

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