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S E R M. proved by undeniable reasonings: But that X- the body should be again formed out of the dust, and reunited to the Soul, from which it was separated by Death, was a - Doctrine, which as it could not be proved merely by reason and argument, so the Philosophers, who pretended to be the great masters of reason, looked upon it as the most impossible thing in nature. Some of them reckoned it among those things, which they thought were not in the power even of their Gods themselves to effect; and we read of certain Philosophers, AB. xvii. 18. who incountered St Paul, and when they heard of the resurrection, they mock'd him, saying, that he seemed to be a setter forth of jlrange Gods, because he preached unto them Jesus and the Resurrection. Yet is there nothing in any wiie impossible, or contrary to reason, in this great Mystery: For whyftould it be thought a thing impossible that God foould raise the dead? Why should it be more impossible for God to gather together the dispersed parts of a corrupted body, and reunite them to their former Soul, than to

create create matter at first out of nothing, and S E R M.' then form it into a humane body, and X. breath into it the breath of life? Why^yn-j should any man be so weak as to imagine, that he, who at the creation separated the confused mass of matter into so many different sorts of bodies, cannot with the fame ease at the general Resurrection separate again the same confused matter, and assign to each particular body its own parts? If it is not difficult for him to number the Stars of Heaven and call them all by their names; it can be no difficulty to him to keep an exact account of all our scattered parts; and to recollect and reunite them when he pleases. 'Twas not therefore because the thing is in itself at all impossible, but only because the manner of it is a mystery not discoverable barely by the light of nature, that the Heathen World was utterly ignorant of the Resurrection from the dead. The proof therefore of this great truth must be founded in Revelation, and sought for only in the Holy Scriptures. And here it must be confessed, that the Jews had not

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S E R M. a clear and express revelation of this matX- ter: Yet were they by no means wholly

t~r*sJ ignorant of it; there being several passages in the Old Testament, from whence the hope of a Resurrection might very reasonably be collected. The translation of Enoch and Elijah into Heaven with their bodies, was an earnest of what might finally be expected, by those who should follow their example in pleasing God; and the strict command that "Jacob and Joseph gave, not to be buried in Egypt, but to have their bones carried up into the land of Canaan and laid in the Sepulchres of their Fathers; was to many of the antient Jews an argument or type of their hope of a Resurrection. That the thing was not in itself impossible, the instances of such as were actually raised from the dead by the Prophets, was a signal proof. And Isaiah xxvi. 19. 'Thy dead men /hall live, together with my dead body Jhall they arise: awake and sing, ye that dwell in dujl: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall caft out the . dead. And the vision of Ezekiel, set down


in the 3 jth Chapter of his Prophecy, tho'SE Rm. it signified indeed primarily the Restau- xration of Israel to their own land, yet in all probability, considering the peculiar Emphasis and particularity of the description, it was intended remotely to point at a greater and more general Reftauration; Behold a valley full of dry bones, and there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, boiie to his bone, the f news and the fejh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above, and their breath came into them, and they lived and stood upon their feet, and behold a great multitude. But that passage in the Prophet Daniel, tho' by some it be, with great violence to the Words, otherwise interpreted; is most express, and by the ancient Jews understood of the Resurrection; Dan. xii. 2 and 3. Many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth Jhall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt; and they that be wise, Jhall shine- as the brightness oj the firmament, and they that turn many to righteousness,



Sirm.æj the stars for ever and ever, and thou '*, Jhall rest and stand in thy lot at the end of the days, Dan. xii. 13. Lastly, that solemn Prophecy of Job, ch. xix ver. 23. Oh that my Words were now written! Oh that they were printed in a book! 'That they were graven with an iron pen and lead, in the rock for ever! For I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that he Jhall stand at the latter Day upon the earth: And tho' after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh Jhall I Jet God: These words, I fay, tho' by many of the antient sews they were interpreted concerning a future State without respect in particular to the Resurrection of the body, and by some later Interpreters are understood only of his restitution to his temporal greatness; yet because of their being introduced with so very solemn and weighty a preface, as containing somewhat of the highest moment and importance; they are by others not without great reason thought to be spoken concerning the Resurrection of the body. And that the Jews did believe, that the


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