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shall be the majesty of the righteous, when they shine like the fun in the kingdom of their Father: such the glorious change experienced by their natural bodies, when they are transformed by the Lord Jesus into bodies spiritual like His own. For as there is now a natural body; so there is also a spiritual body, in reserve for the children of God. And so it is written: the first man, Adam, when God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life (e), ipas, a made a living foul. , But the last Adam not only became, like the first man, a living foul: hp.% hy his own proper power He possessed life in himself; and He was able also to bestow life on others according to His pleasure. He was a quickening Spirit. For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath He given tn the Son to have Use in himself. As the Father raiseth up the dead and quickenetb them; even so the Son quickenetb whom He will. And all that are in the graves shall bear His voicef and'shallcome forth (f). As every descendent of Adam has by inheritance received a natural' body similar to that of his first parent; so shall every true believer in Christ Jesus receive at the last day by the quickening power of His Redeemer a body spiritualised and glorified like to that of the human nature glorified in

{e) Gen. ii. 7. (/) John, v. 21. z6. 28, 29.

the the person of the Son of God. Howbeit for this his heavenly transfiguration he must wait in patient hope, until his earthly tabernacle shall be dissolved. 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. Adam, our first parent, was formed from the dust of the ground; mortal in his nature, and even in paradise preserved from decay only by the fruit of the tree of life. But the second man Christ Jesus was God manifested in the flesh' the Son of God, by nature a partaker of the Godhead: but for our fakes and for our salvation veiled for a season in a human body, a body first to be subjected to death, then exalted into heaven, incorruptible and immortal. As is the earthy, such are they 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. For his appointed season the child of corruption must bear the body of corruption. Earth must rer turn to earth before it can be clothed with life eternal. But if, while thou art in this tabernacle, thou art renewed in the Spirit of thy mind after the image of the Lord from heaven j Ee 3 when when Christ, who is thy Lord and thy life, (hall appear, then shalt thou also appear with Him in glory. Now this I fay, brethren, that flcjh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God: neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Our bodies, if continued in a state of impure and perishable flesh and blood, would be unfit for the habitations of the blessed, unqualified for the glories of eternity. Behold I I shew you a mystery. I would explain to you through the inspiration of the Spirit of truth the secrets of the world to come, which God alone can reveal. We f3 all not all seep in the grave; kut Hae shall all be changed: all the generations of men who shall have been deposited in the te*mb; and every individual of that concluding generation which Christ, when he cometh to judgement shall find alive; all shall be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump. For the trumpet shall fdund, and the deadfthall be rased incorruptible; and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption; and this mortal must pllt on -immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal foall have put on immortality; when purified for ever from all pollution, disentangled and refined from the seeds of weakness and decay, the glorified frame shall be reunited to the

immortal immortal Spirit: then Jhall be brought to pass the saying that is written. Death is swallowed up in victory; then shall be fully accomplished in its noblest import the prophetic declaration of Isaiah: "The Lord God shall swallow up death in viclory; and shall wipe away tears from off all faces : for the Lord hath spoken it (g). Then shall the redeemed of the Lord exclaim in the triumphant rapture of the apostle; 0 death! where is thy fling? 0 grave ! where is thy viclory? In thai day shall they take up, and apply to themselves, the song of exultation prepared for them by the prophet in the words immediately following that promise, which is now fulfilled in their resurrection to everlasting life : Lo ! this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save us! This is the Lord: we have waited for Him; we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation! From the contemplation of the glories of the world to come, St. Paul as it were for a moment returns to earth, that he may impress on our hearts a deep conviction of the situation with respect to futurity, in which every man, as an inheritor of the mortal and corrupt nature of Adam, and as a sinner against God by wilful transgression, is placed j of the situation in which all men would have

{g) Isaiah, xxv. 8.

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remained^ without hope of deliverance, had not Christ redeemed them by His blood. The

sling jf death tssin: drtd the strength of sn is the law. It is fin which caused death: 'it is sin which maketh death terrible. By" fin death entered into the wOrld: by sin the bed of the dying man is shaken with agony, with pangs of body and horrors 6f 'cdnfcience :•bysin the dungectts of never-ending punrrhrrierit were founded";" hf sin the; bottomless pic was5 unseated for the perdition of the guilty and unregenerate soul. And the strength bfiki'isthe law.: Bin is the "transgression of the law: and the wages of fin is death (h). The" perfect Holiness of that law of God Which sin persuades men to .transgress is tlie very 'weapon from which he derives his strength, his power of Working destruction. The law of God demands perfect obedience.

'The penalty for every instance of disobedience is eternal' death. Cursed is every one who continueth not in all things, which are written in the book of the law, to do them '(/). Sin prevails on every man to breafk the law: and then with triumphant malignity inflicts the penalty upon him, and plunges him into death eternal. 0 wretched man that I dm ! cried St. Paul, pouring forth on another occasion the

(h) 1 John, iii. 4 Kom. vi. 23. (i) Gal. iii. 10.


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