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mortal bodies, by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.' Compared with Pral. cxxxix. 7._' Whither shall I
go from thy spirit? or whither shall I fee from
thy presence ?' And they are to rest so in their Graves, till the Resurrection : Job xix. 26. 27. • And though after my skin, worms destroy this .body, yet in my flesh shall I fee God: whom I « shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, " and not another; though my reins be consumed 6 within më.'
The Dead will rise again : Acts xxiv. 15. There • shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the * just and unjust.' John v. 28. 29. The hour is
coming, in the which all that are in the graves « shall hear his voice, and shall come forth, they " that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; 6 and they that have done evil, unto the resurrrection of damnation.' And the Resurrection of the Dead will be at the last Day, when Christ comes again to Judgment : 1 Thess: iv. 15. 16. 'For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that
we which are alive and remain unto the coming 6 of the Lord, shall not prevent them which are
asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the arch
angel; and with the trump of God: and the dead ! in Christ shall rise first. Some will be then found alive, as at this Day : 1 Cor. xv. 51. • Behold, I
Thew you a mystery : We shall not all sleep, but
we thall all be changed.' And they shall not die and rise again ;' but instead of dying and rising a. gain, they shall be changed, 1 Cor. xv. 51. above cited. They that shall rise again, are, all the Dead, small and great, just and unjust, John v. 28. forecited. Rev. xx. 12. 'And I saw the dead, small
and great, stand before God.' Aets xxiv. 15. forecited. The Dead will be raised by the Power of God: 1 Cor.vi. 14. And God hath both raised
up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power.' God will not make them new Bodies, but they shall rise again with the self-fame Bodies that were laid in the Grave: 1 Cor. xv, 53. ' This cor
ruptible "must put on incorruption, and this
mortal must put on immortality.' Job xix. 26. forecited. The possibility of such a Resurrection of the Dead appears, from the Omniscience and almighty Power of God: Heb. iv. 13. Neither is
there any creature that is not manifest in his fight : but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes 6 of him with whom we have to do.' Rev. iv. 8.
And the four beasts had each of them fix wings
about him, and they were full of eyes within ; . and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy,
holy, holy, Lord God almighty, which was, and
is, and is to come. The Concern that the Omniscience of God hath in the Resurrection of the Dead, is, to discern every one's Dust from another's, and from the common Dust of the Earth. And that is all the Odds, between the first forming of Man's Body, and the forming it anew at the Resurrection : For Man's Body was originally Duft lying here and there on the Ground
: Gen. ii. 7. * And the Lord God formed man of the dust of
the ground.' Chap. iii. 19. In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken : for dust
thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. The Concern that the almighty Power of God hath in it, is, to bring together all the Dust of the fame Body, form it again into a Body, and reunite the
Soul thereto. The Certainty of such a Resurrection appears, from the Truth and Faithfulness of God, who has said it: John v. 28. 29. forecited. Dan. xii. 2. ' And many of them that sleep in the • dust of the earth, shall awake, fome to everlasting
life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. The railing of the Dead, and the changing of those then alive, will be done in a Moment, at the Sound of the last Trumpet : 1. Cor. xv. 52. 'In a mo
ment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump, (for the trumpet shall soupd); and the dead 'fhall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be
changed. Compared with i Thel. iv. 16. 17. (The Lord himself thall descend from heaven with 'a fhout, with the voice of the archangel, and
with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ
shall rise first: then we which are alive and re'main, shall be caught up together with them in " the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air : and so ( Thall we ever be with the Lord.' And the raised and the changed Bodies will differ from what they were before, during this Life, in their Qualities, though not in their Substance, 1 Cor. xv. 52. 53. forecited.
Quest. 38. What Benefits do Believers receive from Christ at the Resurrection?
Ans. At the Resurrection, Believers being raised up in Glory, shall be openly acknowledged and acquitted in the Day of Judgment, and made perfe&tly blessed in full enjoying of God to all Eternity.
EXPLICATION. Believers, or they that are effectually called, justi fied, adopted, and fanctified in their Life, shall receive or partake of the whole Benefits of Christ's Purchase at the Resurrection : And they shall then re, ceive the whole, by these Degrees ; to wit, some in the Resurrection itself, more in the Judgment, and the completing Benefit after Judgment.
The Benefit of Christ's Purchase they shall receive in the Resurrection itself, is, that they shall be raised up in Glory: 1 Cor. XV. 43. 'It is sown in • dishonour, it is raised in glory.' The Way how they will be raised, is, that Christ will raise them as his own Members, by his Spirit dwelling in them, even as one awaking draws his Limbs to him: Rom. viii. 11. ' If the Spirit of him that raised up
Jefus from the dead, dwell in you ; he that raised
up Christ from the dead, hall also quicken your • mortal bodies, by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.' The Likeness in which their Bodies shall be fa. fhioned anew in the Resurrection, is, the Likeness of the glorious Body of the Second Adam : 1 Cor. XV. 49. ' As we have borne the image of the
earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heaven"ly. Compared with Philip. iii. 21. ' Jesus Chrift • shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned « like unto his glorious body.' They will be raised incorruptible, glorious, strong, and spiritual Bodies : 1 Cor. xv. 42. 43. 44. It is sown in corruption, • it is raised in incorruption: it is sown in disho:
nour, 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.'
But the Wicked shall be raised in Dishonour : And the Way how they will be raised, is by the Power of Christ as an offended Judge : John v. 29. "And shall come forth, they that have done evil,
unto the resurrection of damnation.' Matth. xxv. 33. ' And the Son of man fall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.'
Immediately after the Resurrection will follow the general Judgment : Rev. xx. 13. 'And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death
and hell delivered up the dead which were in • them : and they were judged every man according to their works.'
There will be a Day of general Judgment : AEZs xvii. 31. God hath appointed a day, in the which • he will judge the world in righteousness, by that
man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised
him from the dead.' The Man Christ will be the Judge: Afts xvii. 31. above cited; compared with Rom. xiv. 10. 'We shall all stand before the judg(ment-seat of Christ.' And he will be seen with the bodily Eyes of all : Job xix. 26. 27. And though • after my skin, worms destroy this body, yet in
my flesh shall I see God : whom I shall fee for ( myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not an6 other ; though my reins be consumed within me.' Rev. i. 7. Behold, he cometh with clouds; and
every eye shall see him, and they also which
pierced him.' At his coming to Judgment, the World will be going on in their ordinary Course and Business of Life: Luke xvii. 26. 27. 28. 30. . And as it was in the days of Noe, so thall it be & also in the days of the Son of man. They did