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live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labor: yet what I shall choose I wot not. For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart and to be with Christ, which is far better; nevertheless, to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.
REV. 6: 9. I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and the testimony which they held; and they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them, and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, till their fellow servants also, and their brethren that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.
read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? (Ex. 3: 6.) God is not the God of the dead, but of the living. And when the multitude heard this, they were astonished at his doctrine.
LUKE 14: 14. Thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.
20: 34. The children of this world marry and are given in marriage: but 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.
MAT. 22: 29. Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven. But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not
24: 38. Why do thoughts arise in your hearts? Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I, myself: handle me and see, for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. And when he had thus spok en, he showed them his hands and his feet. And while they yet be lieved not, for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat? And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish and of an honeycomb. And he took it and did eat before them.
T JOHN 20: 27. Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side; and he not faithless, but ber lieving.
MAT, 28: 2. And behold there was a great earthquake, for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow. And for fear of him the keepers did shake and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye; for I know that ye seek Jésus which was crucified. He is not here; for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
JOHN 5; 23. The hour is coming and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God, and they that hear shall live. 28. The
hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and come forth.
ACTS 4: 2. The Apostles taught the people, and preached through Christ the resurrection from the dead.
23: 6. Of the hope of the resurrection of the dead I am called in question.
24: 15. I have hope toward God, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.
26: 6. And now I stand, and am judged for the hope of the promise made of God unto our fathers: unto which promise our twelve tribes, instantly serving God day and night, hope to come. For which hope's sake, king Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews. Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead?
22. Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those, which the prophets and Moses did say should come: that Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should show light unto the people, and to the Gentiles.
ROM. 8: 11. If the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead, shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that 'dwelleth in you. - 18. For I reckon, that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope; because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption, into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth, and travaileth in pain together until
¶ And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, wait
ing for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. For we are saved by hope. But hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
1 COR. 6:14. God both raised up the Lord Jesus, aud will also raise us up by his own power.
15: 3. For I delivered unto you first of all, that which I also re-. ceived, 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: and that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve; after that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the Apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.-12. Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen and if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: and if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first-fruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead, (For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made.)
But every man in his own order: Christ the first-fruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.29. Else what shall they do, which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are
they then baptized for the dead? And why stand we in jeopardy every hour? I protest by your rejoicing, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not let us eat and drink; for tomorrow we die. Be not deceived. Evil communications corrupt good manners. Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.
Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I show you a mystery: 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 immortality. So 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.
¶ But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with wh body do they come? Thou fool! that which thou sowest is not quickened except it die: and that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain; it may chance of wheat or of some other grain: but God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body. All flesh is not the same flesh; but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory. So also is the resurrection of 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. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul, the last Adam was made a quickening Spirit. Howbeit, that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy; and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
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. Therefore, iny beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
2 Cor. 4: 14. He that raised up the Lord Jesus, shall raise up us also, by Jesus, and shall present us with you.
5: 1. If our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
REV. 20: 6. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection; on such the second death shall have no power; but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.13. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and hell delivered up the dead that were in them.
T 1 THES. 4: 13. But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the
coming of the Lord shall not pre-lamps. And the foolish said unto vent them which are asleep. For the wise, Give us of your oil: for the Lord himself shall descend from our lamps are gone out. But the heaven with a shout, with the voice wise answered, saying, Not so; lest of the archangel, and with the trump there be not enough for us and you: of God and the dead in Christ but go ye rather to them that sell, shall rise first: then we which are and buy for yourselves. And while alive and remain shall be caught up they went to buy, the bridegroom together with them in the clouds, to came; and they that were ready, meet the Lord in the air: and so went in with him to the marriage: shall we ever be with the Lord. and the door was shut. Afterward Wherefore, comfort one another came also the other virgins, saying, with these words. Lord, Lord, open to us! But he answered and said, Verily, I say unto you, I know you not. Watch, therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
JOHN 11: 23. Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus saith unto her, I am the resurrection and the life.
¶ For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. Then he that had re
THE FACT DECLARED. -THE JUDGE.
traded with the same, and made
RULE OF JUDGMENT, OR LAW.
Ps. 50: 6. God is judge himself. ECCL. 3: 17. God shall judge the righteous and the wicked.
11: 9. Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth, and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes; but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.
12 14. God will bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
MAT. 25: 1. Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him! Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their
ering where thou hast not strawed: and I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not, shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: and before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: and he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily, I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment but the righteous into life eternal.
Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily, I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was an hungered, and ye gave
T 1 PET. 4: 7. The end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.
2 PET. 3: 7. The heavens and the earth which are now, ... are kept in store reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. - 10. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat: the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burnt up.