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[John xi. 23.) 16. Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said unto her, I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live; and whosoever liveth and believeth in ine, shall never die.
[2 Timothy i. 8.] But be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God, who hath saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, but is now made manifest by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.
[2 Corinthians iv. 14.] 17. We also believe, and therefore speak; knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus, shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen ; for the things which are seen are temporal, bút the things which are not seen are eternal. For we know that 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.
[1 Corinthians xv. 13.] 18. 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 alive.)
19. But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what 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 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.
20. 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 spirjtual body. And so it is written, " The first man Adam was made a living soul,” the last Adam was made a quickening Spirit. How beit, 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.
21. 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. 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, my 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.
[Revelation vi. 9.] 22. After this, I beheld, and lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; and cried with a loud voice, saying,
Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. And all the angels fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, saying,
Amen! Blessing, and glory, and wisdom,
Be unto our God forever and ever! Amen. 23. And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes ? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said unto me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple; and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb, which is in the midst of the throne, shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters; and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. And I heard a voice from heaven, saying unto me, “Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth. Yea,” saith the Spirit, “ that they may rest from their labors ; and their works do follow them.”
THE HOLY SCRIPTURES.
[2 Peter i. 19.) 1. We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that
shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day-star arise in your hearts; knowing this first, that no prophecy of the Scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man; but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
[Jolin v. 39.) Search the Scriptures ; for in them ye think ye have eternal life ; and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.
[Romans xv. 4.] 2. For whatsoever things were written aforetime, were written for our learning, that we, through patience and comfort of the Scriptures, might have hope.
(Romans xvi. 25.) Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, but now is made manifest, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith, to God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ, forever.
[2 Timothy iii. 14.] 3. But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them, and that from a child thou hast known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness; that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. I charge thee, therefore, before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom, preach the WORD.
(Acts xvii. 10.) 4. And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Bere'a, who, coming thither, went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those of Thessaloni'ca, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the Scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
(Psalm cxix. 9.]
Sweeter also than honey, and the Wherewith shall a young man cleanse honeycomb. his way?
Moreover, by them is thy servant By taking heed thereto according to warned, thy word.
And in keeping of them there is great Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, reward. And a light unto my path.
(Psalm i. 1.] (Psalm xix. 7.]
6. Blessed is the man 5. The law of the Lord is perfect, That walketh not in the counsel of the Converting the soul :
ungodly, The testimony of the Lord is sure,
Nor standeth in the way of sinners, Making wise the simple.
Nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful: The statutes of the Lord are right, But his delight is in the law of the Rejoicing the heart :
Lord; The commandment of the Lord is pure, And in his law doth he meditate day Enlightening the eyes.
and night. The fear of the Lord is clean,
And he shall be like a tree planted by Enduring forever.
the rivers of water, The judgments of the Lord are true That bringeth forth his fruit in his And righteous altogether.
season; More to be desired are they than gold, His leaf also shall not wither; yea, than much fine gold;
And whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
(John xii. 44.] 7. Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me believeth not on me, but on Him that sent me. And he that seeth me seeth Him that sent me. I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness. And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not; for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him ; THE WORD THAT I HAVE SPOKEN, the same shall judge him in the last day. For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.
(Revelation xiv. 6.] And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and_kindred, and tongue, and people, saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him, for the hour of his judgment is come; and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea. and the fountains of waters.