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SERM. from the cross descended into the invisible mansions, reXXX. turning into his body,) then evidently our souls are distinct from our bodies, and capable of subsistence by themselves; then are they apt to exist perpetually; then may they be put to render an account for what is acted here, and accordingly may be dealt with. Hence may we fee, that St. Paul discoursed reasonably, when he told (the Aa* xvii. Athenians, that, Now God hath appointed a day, in which 3I' he will judge the world in righteousness, by the man whom he

hath ordained, eriV«v vrapaywv wato-iv, exhibiting an argument most persuasive to all, having raised him from the dead; i Pet. i. a, that St. Peter also might well aver, that God hath regene*' rated us to a lively hope of an incorruptible inheritance, re

served in heaven for us, by the resurreclion osJesus Christ from the dead.

d Particularly the resurrection of our bodies, restoring our perfect manhood to us, (a point wholly new to the world, which no religion had embraced, no reason could defcry,) was hereby so exemplified, that considering it, we can hardly be tempted to doubt of what the Gospel teacheth Rev. i.5. about it; that he, preceding as the first-burn from the , cor. xv. dead, and the first-fruits of them which sleep, as our soreto- ... runner, and the Captain os life; we, iv >8/a) ray/ian, in our T- 31." 'due rank and season, as younger sons of the resurrection, as

Heb. vi. flo. serving; under his command and conduct, in resemblance 1 Cor. xv. °

ai3. and conformity to him, shall follow ; so that, Is the Spirit

Luke xx. 0y ^m t/ia( ra\jea\ up jejUS from the dead dwelleth in us,

Rom. viii. he that raised up Jesus from the dead sliall also quicken

"• our mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth is us; that, If

we have been planted with him in the likeness of his death,

we shall also grow up in the likeness of his resurreclion;

i Cor. xv. that, As we have borne the image of the earthly man,so we

I'co'vi. JhoM a\s° vear the image of the heavenly; so that God,

i*. who raised our Lord, shall also rase us by his power; for

we cannot but allow that consequence to be reasonable,

I Thcs. iv. which St. Paul doth imply, when he faith, If we believe

<• Credentes resurrectionem Christi, in noftram quoque credimns, proptcr quos et tile obiit et resurrexit. Ten. it Pat. 9.

Kesurreffionem carnis per semetipsum primus initiavit. Qyp. Ep. 73.

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that Jefits died and rose again, even so them also which SERM. sleep through Jesus will God bring with him, reducing XXX. them into a state conformable to his, by reunion of their body and soul.

8. Fourthly, It was a designed consequence of our Lord's resurrection, that he thereby mould acquire a just dominion over us; for to this end, faith St. Paul, Christ bothftom. xhr. died, and rose, and revived, that he might be the Lord both 9" os the dead and living: by the obedience of his death he did earn that dominion, as a worthy recompense thereof; He did by his blood purchase us to be his subjects and ser- Acts xx. as. rants: but from his resurrection he began to possess that reward, and to enjoy his purchase; it being the first step of his advancement to that royal dignity and preeminence John xvii. over all flesh; to which, in regard to his sufferings, Godphil - Q did exalt him; concerning which, before his ascension, he laid to his disciples, All power is given me in heaven andMatu earlk.- on so many great accounts was our Lord's resurrection behooveful; so that it is no wonder, if God took such especial care to assure its truth, and recommend its belief to us; appointing so many choice persons by their testimony to assert and inculcate it; to do so being often Acts i. a«. expressed a main part and peculiar design of the office^4' apostolical. Nor is it strange, that to the hearty belief and ingenuous profession of this one article, (it enfolding, or inferring the truth of all other Christian doctrines,) salvation is annexed, according to that assertion of St. Paul; The righteousness of faith faith thus, (or this is the purport Re"' *• 6> of the Christian institution,) That if thou shall confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thy heart that God raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Nor is it much, that a consideration of this point should be so continually present to the minds of the ancient Christians, that whenever they did meet, they should be ready to salute one another with a Xpij-oj avery, Christ is risen; it importing so great benefits, and producing so excellent fruits; in regard whereto St. Paul expressed his so ardent desire and high esteem of knowing Christ, and the power o/Phil. Hi. io> his resurrection, as the most valuable of all knowledges;

SEHM. which having in some measure declared, I come now XXX. briefly to apply.

i. First then; The consideration of our Lord's resurrection should strengthen our faith and quicken our hope in God, causing us firmly to believe his word, and confidently to rely upon his promises, especially those which concern . , our future state. God having thereby, as by a most sensible proof, against all objections of our feeble reason, demonstrated himself able, as by a most sure pledge declared himself willing, to bestow upon us a happy immortality, in gracious reward of our obedience: for seeing by so illustrious an instance God hath manifested that he is thoroughly reconcileable to sinners, that he bountifully rewardeth obedience, that death and hell are vincible, what reason can we have to distrust his fidelity, to doubt of his power, or to despair of his mercy? Surely, he that was so faithful in raising our Lord from the grave, so notably rewarding his obedience and patience, (in advancing him to supreme dignity and glory at his right hand,) will not fail also to confer on us (walking in the footsteps of his piety) the promised inheritance of everlasting life and bliss, the never-fading crown of righteousness and glory. Surely, by this noble experiment we are clearly informed, and should be fully persuaded, that nothing can destroy us, nothing can harm us, nothing can separate us from our God and our happiness; that no force, no fr,aud, no spite of men, or rage of hell, can finally prevail against Usj what then reasonably can be dreadful or discouraging to us, what mould be able to drive us into distrust or despair?

3. This point affordeth matter of great joy, and am obligation thereto. If the news of our Saviour's first birth Luke H. 10. were (as an angel called them) good tidings of great joy to all people, how much more may the news concerning this second nativity of him be hugely gladsome? for in that birth he did but assume our flesh; in this he did advance it: then he began to sustain our infirmities; now he furPhil, ii. a. mounted them: by his incarnation he became subject to s7- ' 'death; by his resurrection death was subdued to him: at that he entered into the field, and set upon the bloody SERM. Conflict with our foes; in this he returned a triumphant XXX. conqueror, having utterly vanquished and quelled them:the fury of the world, the malice of hell, the tyranny of sin, the empire of death, all of them combined to render us.miserable, he did in his resurrection perfectly triumph over: and doth it not then become us to attend his glorious victories with our joyful gratulations? e Is it not extremely comfortable to behold our gallant champion, (the, only champion of our life and welfare,) after all the cruel blows which the infernal powers laid on him, after all the ghastly wounds which human madness did inflict, after he had pasted through the scorching flames of divine wrath and justice, after he had felt the sorest pangs of death, perfectly recovered from all those distresses; standing upright, and trampling on the necks of his proud enemies? Are not most sprightful expressions of gratitude, are not most cheerful acclamations of praise due from us to the invincible Captain of our salvation? Shall we not with . great alacrity of mind contemplate the happy success of that mighty enterprise, wherein no less our welfare than his glory was concerned? Is it not a pleasure to consider ourselves so exempted from that fatal doom, to which all human race was sentenced; to see life and immortality so springing forth upon us; to view ourselves, the children of dust and corruption, from hence in age and dignity so nigh equalled to the first-born sons of the creation?

It is said of the first disciples, that although they saw and felt our Lord risen, yet for joy they could not believe Luke xxiv. it; so incredibly good was the news to them; excess of^1^ love and delight choked, or rather suspended their faith:dunt «niiwe cannot be such infidels from surprise; but let us be asperfidue, feitbful in our joy. s«J a"°"*

Serm. si.

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fUHK S«f &/U* lit riTtlflMt l£«J<V«T».

'H *-«3«>n ui rur&fiH l»{Tii—h Tiu ttynii Inr&ait, n rii *tmi\Xxy*t &$»(• Chrys. tom.v. Or. «.

SERM. 3- Great consolation surely it ought to breed in us, to XXX. consider, that by this event our redemption is completed, 'and we become entirely capable of salvation; that in it a

full discharge is exhibited from the guilt and from the punishment of all our fins, whereof we do truly repent; that God's justice appeareth satisfied, and his anger pacified; that his countenance sliineth out clearly with favour and mercy toward us; that our condemnation is reversed, our ransom is accepted, our (hackles are loosed, and our prison set open; so that with full liberty, security, and hope, we may walk forward in the paths of righteousness, toward our better country, the region of eternal felicity. Farther,

4. This consideration should be a forcible engagement

Rom. xW. upon us to obedience and holy life. Our Lord did by his

* resurrection gain a dominion over us, unto which if we do

not submit, we (hall be very injurious and wicked; unto which if we do not correspond by all humble observance,

Acts m. 96. we (hall be very ingrateful and undutiful; He was raised to lless us, in turning every one of us from onr iniquities; and no less unhappy than unworthy we (hall be, if we defeat that gracious purpose; it is the condition of our obtaining the happy fruits and benefits of his resurrection,

Rom. Tu 4. that we (hould ourselves rife with him unto righteousness and newness of life; by not complying therewith, we (hall render his resurrection unprofitable to us, becoming unworthy and uncapable of any good advantage thereby.

Eph. T. 14. Awake, faith the Apostle, thou thatjleepejl, and arise from the dead, and Christ, shall give thee life; to awake from our spiritual (lumber, to arise from dead works, are the terms on which Christ doth offer that eternal happy life: for as the pains and ignominies of his death will no-wife

Phil. jii. 10. avail those who are not conformable to his death, in dying om. vi. s. (o £n an(j mortifying their lusts; so will not they be concerned in the joys and glories of his resurrection, who are not planted in the likeness thereof by renovation of their

a Cor. v. 15. minds and reformation of their lives; for as de died, so he was also raised for us, that we should not henceforth live to ourselves, but unto him who died and rose again for us:

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