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interesting on account of the momentous truths which it discloses. ...And it is rendered peculiarly impressive by the solemn and af. fe&ing nature of the occasions on which it is publicly employed." It is a portion of Scripture which we have frequently heard pronounced over the lifeless bodies of our friends. "It is one which others within no distant period shall hear pronounced over our own. The Church to which we belong has wisely and piously endeavoured to render the interment of the dead a source of edification to the living. When pride is humbled and the heart fostened by afflićtion; when the coffin slowly-borne to the house of God, pausing there awhile on its way towards the grave, or placed within its narrow mansion and receiving the last looks of surviving 'anguish, proclaims with a voice which cannot be misunderstood, the speedy and inevitable end of all earthly possessions and enjoyments: the mourner is taught to look to Chriss the Redeemer, the Refurreàion and the Life, in whom whosoever believeth, though he were 'dead, yet shall he live. He is taught that, if the Lord has taken away; He has taken only what He gave. He is taught that, though shah walketh in a vain shadow; yet his hope is truly in the Lord. He is taught that, if ** 22:13:2 o + 2. o God

God turneth man to destruction; agaifi He sjtUb, t." Come again, yc children. of men<" JE^Je is taught so to number his days, thathe may apply his heart unto wisdom- He .fe taught that a voice from Heaven hath pro-* claimed, " Blejfed are the dead, -which die- iff "the Lord: even so, faith the Spirit y for they .**relffrom their labours" He is taught, npt to sorrow as men without hope, fqr.,them who sleep in Christ. He is taught that .-the fouls of the faithful, after they are,;deljv$?e4 from ;the burden of the flesh, are, with,.phtifr. in joy and felicity. He is taught that though earth be committed to earth, ashes to ashes, dust>to dust: it is in sure and certain ho|le of the resurrection of the just to eternal Use, through our Lord Jesus Christ, who ,iha)l change our vile body that it may beilijs^ ur^to His glorious body, according the, wqrfcjiag ;whereby He is able to subdue all thjngs, ;tp Himself^ and shall then pronounce that b«* nedictionto all that love and fear God, Come ye blessed children of my Father, receive tfye kingdom prepared for you from the beginning of the world.. In the passage from, the first Epistle to the Corinthians appointed to;form a part of.the funeral ieryjce, this fundamental ^doctrine, of our faith, :tbis glorious and inestimable hope,, this to the :... rj, . * / C c 4 righteous

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-Hence' among the early Christians, whether of Jewish or, ot" Gentile race, there was found a favourable opening for false teachers, who were adventurous enough to undermine and oppose the hope of a future life. Two here*tical declaimers of this description, Hymeneus and Philetus, are specified by St. Paul in his second Epistle to Timothy as having erred concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection impost'already: affirming the.promised insurrection to be of a figurative nature; a resur-r#®ftHi-to"-"be 'accomplished in the present woJ-ld; a resurrection, as they probably ex'pMned' themselves, from a state of vice to a state of virtue. Though Hymeneus, according to the positive declaration of the fame apostle, had, in this fundamental point made JMp'wreck concerning faith, because he had first put away a good- conscience: though both these corrupters of the truth as it is in fesusy having emancipated themselves from the th:ead of a judgement to come, would naturally plunge with little restraint into flagitiousoefs, and might thus have been expected to bring general discredit on their opinions even in the eyes of common observers: yet their word did eat as doth a canker, and overthrew the faith of some. Teachers infected tfcith the fame senseless and pernicious priu.-., .-il ciples


ciples had insinuated themselves and acquired influence am«mg th£ Christians of Corinth* "Wei L a ware that the adrniffion of such principles in any degree tended in an equal degree to ,uproot Christianity from its foundations, iitb© apostle .strenuously advances. forward to contend for the genuine faith jike faith originally delivered to the.faints. He recalls. tQ the remembrance of his converts thrat gospel vyhich he had preached to them at, ,^hfi beginning; .that gospel which< they had embraced j that gospel by which they w#re to be saved; a gospel, built on ishe ground^wk °s Christ's resurrection from thei de-ad j and establishing by infallible proofs his repeated appearances after his return from the grave, separately to St. Peter, afterwards. to St. James, more than once to ajlthe apostles collected together, then to an assembly^ of;above five hundred disciples, most of whora were still alive, and, last of all, to St. Paul himself. He warns them that. the reality of the resurrection of Christ was, .inseparably connected with the assurance,; of their own future,resurrection; that if, she dead were not. to rise, Christ was po[ risen; that if Christ were notirisen, the apostles whp -had . promulgated a gospel proclaiming His resurrection had testified concerning i-1 4 God;

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