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16. How did the Psalmist exult in God when his strength declined ?
Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that 'I desire beside thee. My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. (73 P. 24 to 26.)
17. What is the difference between the death of the wicked and the righteous ?
The wicked is driven away in his wickedness; but the righteous hath hope in his death. (14 Pr. 32.)
18. Has God promised to ransom his people from death?
I will ransom them from the power of the grave: I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues ; O grave, I will be thy destruction. (13 Hosea 14.)
19. What is the last enemy? The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. (I. Cor. 15. 26.)
20. How did the Apostle Paul triumph over death?
We know that, if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. That mortality might be swallowed up of life.Whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord. We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. (II. Cor. 5. 1, 4, 6, 8.)
21. Does God bless his saints in their death?
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. (116 P. 15.)
Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord, from henceforth: yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. (14 Rev. 13.)
22. How did Christ declare his power over death and the unseen world?
I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. (1 Rev. 18.)
23. To whom are we indebted for life and immortality ?
Our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and bath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. (II. Tim. 1. 10.)
24. Should the death of Christ deliver his saints from the fear of dying?
Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; and deliver them who through fear of death were all their life-time subject to bondage. (2 Heb. 14, 15.)
25. Was St. Paul constantly mindful of Christ's death ?
Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. (II. Cor. 4. 10.)
26. What was Stephen's dying prayer?
Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. (2 Rev. 10.)
28. Are true Christians very anxious to glorify God both in life and death?
'Whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord : whether we live therefore or die, we are the Lord's: for to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living. (14 Rom. 8, 9.)
XXXVII. THE RESURRECTION.
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1. How did Moses prove that there would be a resurrection of the dead a
That the dead are raised, even Moses shewed at the bush, when he called the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob; for he is not a God of the dead, but of the living; for all live unto him. (20 Lk. 37, 38.)
2. How did Job rejoice in the resurrection ?
I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earthTM: and though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my fesh shall I see God. (19 Job, 25, 26.)
3. How does Daniel refer to the resurrection ?
And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake; some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness, as the stars for ever and ever. (12 Dan. 2, 3.) 4. What did St. Paul assert before Felix ?
There shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust. (24 Acts 15.)
5. Will every one of the human race be interested in this solemn event?
The hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. (5 Jn. 28, 29.)
6. How does Christ allude to the resurrection of the children of God?
They which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage. Neither can they die any more; for they are equal unto the angels, and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection. (20 Lk. 35, 36.)
7. What will take place at the time of the resurrection ?
We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed: for this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immor. tality. (1. Cor. 15. 51, 52, 53.)
8. What did Christ say to encourage every believer in him?
I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. (11 John 25.)
9. Did any of the saints arise from their graves after the resurrection of Christ ?
Many bodies of the saints which slept arose, and came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. (27 Mt. 52, 53.)
10. How did St. Peter and the other Apostles announce the resurrection of Christ to the Jews ?
The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him. (5 Acts 30, 31, 32.)
11. How does St. Paul refer to Christ's resurrection ?
How that Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures ; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day, according to the Scriptures. (I. Cor. 15. 3, 4.)
12. Who were the witnesses of Christ's resurrection ?
He was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve : after that he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once. (I. Cor. 15, 5, 6.)
13. Is the resurrection of Christ a pledge of our rising again?
Now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. (I. Cor. 15. 20.)
14. Will the saints of Christ be blessed at the resurrection ?
If we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.-The Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we which are alive, and remain, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air : and so shall we ever be with the Lord. (I. Thes. 4. 14, 16, 17.)
15. What contrast will there be between the body of the saint when committed to the grave, and when it is raised from the dead?
It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption': it is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power : it is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. (I. Cor. 15. 42, 43, 44.)
16. Will death be then abolished?
When this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. (I. Cor. 15. 54.)
17. How do Christians triumph over death and the grave? O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law: but thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1. Cor. 15. 55, 56, 57.)