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accounted righteous any other way, thanSerm. by that which God has proposed to us in ZZi. his holy Scriptures: Let us consider how great things Christ has done in order to our Salvation; and let us shew forth our thankfulness for what he has done for us, by heartily setting about what he has absolutely required that we should do for ourselves: Let us sincerely endeavour to obey the Will of God as discovered to us in the Gospel j and then we may firmly hope for (and shall certainly obtain) remission, not through the merits of that our Righteousness which is imperfect, but through the redemption purchased by the Blood of Christ, wherein we are by that sincere, though imperfect Righteousness, made capable of having a share.
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How Christ has given us the Victory over Death.
[Preached on Easter-Day^
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The Sting of Death is Sin, and the
Proceed now to the third and S E R M. last Thing I proposed, which X. was to show how Christ gives l-rVNJ us the Victory over Death, which is the last enemy to be de" strayed, 1 Cor. xv. 26. Death is either na
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L/~V^ Death and the Destruction of the Soul In the Old Testament, Death generally signifies that temporalDeath, which is the dissolution of the body; tho' when it is threatened as the punishment of Sin, it præfigures and includes in it eternalDezth. Which is also sometimes expressly threatned even in the Old Testament; thus Ezek. xviii. 26. When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquities, and dieth in them, for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die; the manner of expression is very observable: If he repent not of his iniquity but dieth in it, then for the iniquity that he hath done shall he die. In the New Testament, Death, when 'tis threatened to Sinners, signifies almost always eternal Death; the Gospel containing, as a more clear discovery of life and immortality, so also a more express revelation of the wrath of God from Heaven, against all unrighteousness and ungodliness of men. Now over both these kinds of Death, Death * terntemporal and eternal, Christ gives us theSerm.
victory, or delivers us from the pow
er of them : The power of temporal Death is universal, as the punishment threatened to Adarris transgression was extensive; and the deliverance from it mail be also universal; For as in Adam all die, all are become subject to mortality; even so in Christ Jhall all be made alive, 1 Cor. xv. 22. EternalDeath is the punishment of unrepented Sin, and from This all those who repent and obey the Gospel, shall be delivered by Christ.
I Shall consider ijl the victory that Christ gives us over temporal Death; and for the clearer explaining the nature of this victory, shall indeavour to show ijl, That there shall be a resurrection of the body, and 2dl\\ in what manner the body shall be raised.
ijl,Tn At there (hall be a resurrection of the body. That the soul should survive the dissolution of the body, and be capable of receiving in a future State the rewards or punishments due. to the good or evil it had done in this life, was clearly enough deducible from the light of nature, and
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