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'and great, stand before God.' Æs xxiv. 15. forecited. The Dead will be raised by the Power of God: 1 Cor. ti. 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-same 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. 7.6. 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 sight:

* but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes

* of him with whom we have to do.' Rev. iv. 8. 'And the four beasts had each of them six 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 Dust I lying here and there on the Ground: Gen. ii. 7

'And the Lord God formed man of the dust 0/; '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, ddR

* 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 ofGod, who has said it:. John v. 28.-29. forecited. Dan. xii. 2. 'And many of them that fleep in the 'dust of the earth, shall awake, some 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, atthe Sound of the last Trumpet: 1 Cor. xv. 52. ' In a mo■ ment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last 'trump, (forjthe trumpet (hall found) ; and the dead 'shall be raifipl incorruptible, and we shall be

• changed.' Compared with 1 Thejs. iv. 16. 17. 'The Lord himself shall descend from heaven with 'a shout, with the voice- of the archangel, and 'with Lee trump of God's: and the dead in Christ '/hall fife 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 fir 'shall 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 Believersreceive from Chri fl at the Kefurre&ion?

Anf. At the Resurrection., Believers beting raised up in Glory, shall be openly acknowledged and acquitted the Day of judgment, and made perfectly blessed in full enjoying of God to all Eternity.

O 2 E X." EXPLICATION. '~r\.

Believers, or they that are effectually called, justified, adop ted, and sanctified in their Life, shall receive or partake of the whole Benefits of Christ's Purchafe at the Relirrection: And they shall then receive the whole, by these Degrees; to wit, some in the Resurrection itself. more in the Judgment, and the competing 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: I Cor. xv. 43. 'It is sown in

* dishonor, 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. Ms the Spirit, of him that raised up 'Jesus from the dead, dwell in you; he that raised 'up Christ from the dead, shall also quicken your 'mortal bodies, by his Spirit that dwelleth in you." The Likeness in which their Bodies shall be fashioned 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 Christ

* 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, r f 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 railed a spiritual body.'

- . • .' • But.

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. Mafth.xxv. 33. 'And the Son of man shall set the sheep on 'his right hand, but the'goats on the left.'

Immediately after the Resurrection w;ll follow the general Judgment : Rev. xx. > 3. ' 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 accord'ing to their works.' . .

There will be a Day of general Judgment: Æs xvii. 3 r. 'God hath appointed a day, in the which

* he will judge the world in righteousness, by that 4 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: Æs xvii. 31. above cited; compared with Rom. xiv. 1 0. ' 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 see for 'myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not an'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 /hall t be

* also in the days of the Son of man. They did

O 3 * eat,


'given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered

* into the ark. likewise also as it was in the days 'of Lot, they did eat, they drank, they bought,

* they sold, they planted, they builded: even thus 'shall it be in the day when the Son of man is 'revealed Maith. xxiv. 40. 41. 'Then shall two

* be in the field; the one (shall be taken, and-the 'other left. Two women shall be grinding at the 'mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.' The Parties that shall be judged, are, Men and Der vils: 2 Cor. v. 1 0. 'We must all appear before 'the judgment-feat of Christ.' Jude 6. ' And the 'angels which kept not their first estate, but left *. their own habitation, he hath reserved in ever'lasting chains under darkness, unto the judgment

to the Quick and the Dead, by the Sound of the last Trumpet, 1 Thejs. iv. 16. 17. forecited. The Effect of that will be, that the Dead shall be raised, and those that are alive changed, 1 Cor. xv. 52. forecited. They will be gathered from all Airths, unto the Place of the Judgment, by the Ministry of Angels: Mark xiil 27. 'And then (hall he fend f his angels, and shall gather together his elect * from the four winds, from the uttermost part of *. the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.' Maith. xiii. 40. 41. * As therefore the tares are f gathered and burnt in the fire; so (shall it be in 'the end of this world. The Son of man shall fend *. forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his 'kingdom all things that offend, and them which f do iniquity.' The Righteous will meet the Lord Christ the. Judge in the Air, 1 Thess. iv. 17. forecitei And he will feat himself for the Judgment,on a glo

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