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- at one and the fame thing, namely, the lothromney's of the wicked, at
The resurrection. They will be lothrome in the eyes of one another. The unclean wretches were never so lovely to each other, as then they will be lothsoine: dear companions in sin will then be an abhor. ring, each one to his fellow : and the wicked, great and honourable men, shall be no more regarded by their wicked subjects, their servants, their slaves; than the mire in the streets...
Use 1. Or comfort to the people of God. The doctrine of the resurrection is a spring of confolation and joy unto you. Think on it. O believers, when ye are in the houie of mourning, for the lofs of your godiy relations or friends, that ye forrow not, even as others, which huve no hope; for ye, will meet again, 1 Thess. iv. 13, 14. They are bui lain down, to rest in their beds for a little while, (Il, lvii 2.) but in the morning of the relurrection they will awake again, and come forth of their graves. The veffel of honour was bút coarse, it had much alloy of bale metel in it; it was too weak, too dim and inglorious, for ibe upper bouse, whatever lustre it had ini the low:r one. It was crackt, it was, polluted; and therefore it behoved to be melted down that it may be refired and fashioned 1 more gloriously. Do but wait a while, and you shall lee it come forth out of the furnace of earth, vying with the stars in brightness; nay, as the fun when he goeth forth in his night. Have you laid your infant children in the grave? You will see them again. Your God calls himself the God of your feed; which, according to our Saviour's exposition, secures the glorious resurrection of the body. Where.
fore let the covenant you embraced, for yourself, and your babes * now in the dust, comfort your hearts, in the joyful expectation,
that, by virtue thereof, they ihall be raised up in glory; and that, as being no more infants of days, but brought to a full and perfect Itacure, as is generally supposed. Be not discouraged by reason of a weak and fickly budy; there is a day coming, when thot: Malt be every whit whole. At the resurrection, Timothy shall be no more liable to his often infirmities; his body, that was weak and fickly, even in youth, shall be raised in power: Lazarus shall be beal and found, his body being raised incorruptible. And although, perhaps, thy weakness will not allow thee, now, to go one furlong to mees the Lord in publick ordinarices; yet the day cometh, when shy body shall be no more a clog to thee, but thou shalt meet the Lord in the air, í Theff. iv. 17. It will be with the saints coming up from the grave, as with the Israelites, when they came out of Egypt, Psal. cv. 37 There was not one feeble perfon among their tribes. Halt thou an uncomely, or deformed. body? There is a glory within, which will then fét all righe without; according to all the delire of thine heart. It shall rise a glorious, beautiful, handsome, and well proportioned body. Its únicomeliness, or deformities may go with it to the grave, but they hall not come back with it. 0, that ihese, who are now lo defirous.co be beautiful and handfome, would not
long home, it with a friends there, bued thither with mourna
be too balty to effect it with their foolish and sinful arts; but wait and Nudy the heavenly art of beautifying the body, by endeavour.
ing now to become all glorious within, with the graces of God's -: Spirit!" this would at length make them admirable and everlasting . beauties. Thou must indeed, O believer, grapple with death, and - fhale get the first fall: but thou shalt rise again, and come off vic
torious at last. Thou must go down to the grave, but though it , be thy long home, it will not be thine everlasting home. Thou wilt
not hear the voice of thy friends there; but thou shalt hear the - voice of Christ there. Thou mayest be carried thither with mourn. - ing, but thou shalt come up from it rejoicing, Thy friends indeed
will leave thee there, but thy God will not. What God said to Jacob concerning his going down to Egypt, (Gen. xlvi. 3, 4.) he says" to thee, anent thy going down to the grave, “Fear not to go * down I will go down with thee and I will surely bring thee 6 up again." O folid comfort! O glorious hopes! Wherefore com
fort yourselves, and one another with these words, 1 Theft. iv. 18. - Use II. Of terror to all unregenerate men. Ye who are yet in - your natural state, look at this piece of the eternal state; and con
lider what will be your part in it, if ye be not in time brought into :: the state of grace. Think, O finner, on that day, when the trum
per shall sound, at the voice of which, the bars of the pit laall be broken asynder, the doors of the grave shall fly open, the devour. ing depths of the sea shall throw up their dead, the earth cast forth . hers; and death every where in the excess of astonishment, shall let go its prisoners; and thy wretched foul and body shall be re-united, to be filled before the tribunal of God. Then, if thou hadít a thou. . fand worlds at thy disposal, thou wouldigladly give them all away, upon condition thou mightest ly fill in thy grave, with the hunde sedih part of that ease, where with thou hast fometimes lain at home, on the Lord's day: 'or (if that cannot be obtained) that thou might eft be but a spectator of the transactions of that day; as thou hart been at some folemn occasions, and rich gospel feasts: or (if even that is not to be purchased) that a mountain or a rock might fall on thee, and cover thee from the face of the Lamb. Ah! how are men bewitched, thus to crifle away the precious time of life, ia (almost) as little concern about death, as if they were like the beasts' ihat perish! some will be telling where their corpse must be laid; while yet they have not seriously considered, whether their graves Mall be their beds, where they fall awake with joy in the morning of the resurrection; or their prisons, out of which they shall be brought to receive the fearful sentence. Remember, now is your feed-time; and as ye sow, ye shall reap. God's feed-time begins at death; and at the resurrection, the bodies of the wickedon that were fown full of Jins, that ly down with them in the dust, (Job XX. 11.) Thall spring up again, finful, wretched, and vile. Your bo. dies, which are now instruments of sin, the Lord will lay aside for
66 Why hast thou shaken me out, while I lay still, and was at rest? “ Cursed Soul wherefore didst thou not abide in thy place, wrapt up “ in flames of fire? Wherefore art thou come back to take me allo “ down to the bars, of the pit? Thou madft me an instrument of “6 unrighteousness; and now I must be thrown into the fire. This «« tongue was by thee employed in mocking at religion, cursing, swear" ing, lying, backbiting, and boasting; and with-held from glorifying « God: and now it must not have so much as a drop of water to “ cool it in the flames. Thou didst withdraw mine ears from hear. « ing the sermons which gave warning of this day. Thou foundeft " ways and means to stop them from attending to seasonable exhor«« tations, admonitions and reproofs. But why didst thou not stop " them from hearing the found of this dreadful trumper? Why dost« thou not now rove and fly away on the wings of imagination, “ thereby, as it were, transporting me during these frightful tranf. " actions, as thou was wont to do, when I was set down at sermons, " communions, prayers, and godly conferences: that I might now 66 have as little sense of the one, as I formerly had of the other? But “ ah! I must burn for ever, for thy love to thy lufts, thy profanity,
thy sensuality, thy unbelief and hypocrisy.!!
But may not the foul answer? “Wretched and vile carcase, am I 66 now driven back into thee! O that thou hadít lain for ever rotting .66 in thy grave! Had I not torment enough before? Must I be knit 6 to thec again, that being joined together as two dry, sticks for the “ fire, the wrath of God may the more keenly burn us up? It was by « caring for you, I lost myself. It was your back and your belly,.. “ and the gratifying of your senses, which ruineid me. How often " was I ensnared by your ears? How often betrayed by your eyes? “ It was to spare you, that I neglected opportunities of making peace “ with God, loitered away fabbaths, lived in the neglect of prayer,' ! ~ went to the house of mirth, rather than to the house of mourning; " and that I chused to deny Christ, and forsake his cause and interests " in the world ; and so am fallen a sacrifice to your cursed ease. " When at any time my conscience began to awake, and I was fett. ki ing myself to think of my sins, and the misery I have fel: since we
“ partes, and now feel; it was you that diverted me from these .66 thoughts, and drew me off to make provision for thee, O wretched
flell By your wilken cords of fleshly lusts I was drawn to deftruc.« tion, over the belly of my light and conscience: but now they are
«s turned into iron chains, with which I am to be held under wrath ' " for evermore. Ah! wretched profits! ah! cursed pleasures! for 66 which I muit ly for ever in utter, darkness. But no complaints will then avail. O that men were wife; that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end! !
As to the Qualities with which the bodies of the saints shall be endowed at the resurrection: the Apostle tells us, they shall be raised incorruptible; glorious, powerful, and spiritual, 1 Cor. xv. 42;43, 44.
« It is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. It is Cown in :dishonour, it is raised in glory: 'It is sown in weakness, it is raised “ in power. It is fown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body."
First, The bodies of the faints shall be raised incorruptible. They are now, as the ba lies of others, a very mass of corruption, full of the feeds of diseases and death, and when dead, become so nauseous, even to their dearest friends, that they must be buried out of their fight, in a grave, there to rot and be confuned: yea lothsome sores and diseases make some of them very unfightly, even while alive. But at the resurrection they leave all the feeds of corruption behind them, in the grave; and rise incorruptible, incapable of the least in. difpofition, fickness, or fort; and much more of dying. External violences and inward causes of pain shall for ever cease : they shall feel it no more: yea, they shall have an everlasting youth and vigour; being no more subject to the decays which age produced in this life.
Secondly, They thall be glorious bodies; not only beautiful, comely, and well proportioned, but full of Iplendor and brightness. The most beautiful face, and best proportioned body that now appears in the world is not to be named in comparison with the body of the meanest saint at the resurrection; for then Aball the righteous shine forth as the fun, Matth. xiii. 43. If there was a dazzling glory on Mofis's face, when he came down from the mount; and if Stephen's face was as it had been the face of an angel, when he flood before the council, how much more thall the faces of the saints be beautified and glorious, full of sweet agreeable majesty, when they have put off all corruption, and shine as the fun? But observe, this beauty of the faints is not restricted to their faces, but diffuses itself through their whole bodies; for the whole body is raised in glory, and shall be falhi.' oned like unto their Lord and Saviour's glorious body: in whose transfiguration not only did his face.shine as the fun, but also his raid' ment was white as the light, Matth. xvii. 2. Whatever defects or deformities the bodies of the saints had, when laid in the grave, occasioned by accidents in life, or arising from secret causes of their formation in the womb, they shall rise out of the grave free of all
theft. But suppose the marks of the Lord Jesus, the scars or prints of 'the wounds and bruises some of the saints received while on earth,
for his sake, should remain in their bodies after the resurrection; likeas the print of the nails remained in the Lord Jesus's body, after his resurrection; these marks will rather be, badges of distinction, and add to their glory', than detract from their beauty. But howsoever
that be, surely Ifaac's eyes shall not then be dim. nor will Jacob halt; - Leah shall not be tender eyed, nor Mephibosheth lame of his legs. For
as the goldsmith melts down the old crazy vesel, and casts it over · again into a new mold, bringing it forth with a new lustre; fo fhall the vile body which lay diffolved in the grave, come forth at the resurrection in perfect beauty and comely proportion.
ubile majesty', werve, this beautygh their
Thirdly, They shall be powerful and strong bodies. The strongest men on earth being frail and mortal, may justly be reckoned weak and fecble: in regard their strength, howsoever great, is quickly worn out and consuned. Many of thę saints now have bodies weaker than others; bilt “ the feeble among them, (to allude to Zech. xii. 8.) at that day, shall be as David, and the houfe of David shall be as God." A grave divine says, that one thall be stronger at the refurrection, than an hundred, yea, than thousands are now. Certainly great, and vaftly great, mult the strength of glorified bodies be, feeing they fhall bear up under an exceding und eternal weight of glory. The mortal body is not at all adapted to such a state. Do transports of joy occa. fion death, as well as exceilive grief woes? And can it bear up under a weight of glory? Can it sublist in union with a soal filed with heaven's raptures? Surely no. The mortal body would sink under that load, and such a fill would make the earthen pitcher to fly all in pieces. The Scripture has plainly told us, that flesh and blood, (namely) in their present frail state, though it were the flesh and blood of a giant, cannot inherit the kingdom of God, 1 Cor. xv. 50. How strong
just the bodily eyes be, which, to the soul's eternal comfort, fhall behold the dazzling glory and splendor of the new Jerusalem; and ftedfastly look at the transcendent glory and brightness of the Man CHRIST, the Lamb, who is the light of that city, the inhabitants whereof shall shine as the fun? The Lord of heaven doth now, in mercy, “ hold back the face of his throne, and spreadeth his cloud " upon it;" that mortals may not be confounded with the rays of glory, which line forth from it, Job xxvi 9. But then the vail shall be removed, and they made able to behold it, to their unspeakable joy. How firong must their bodies be, who lhall not rest night nor day; but be without intermission for ever employed in the heavenly temple, to sing and proclain the praises of God, without wearinels, which is a weakness incident to the frail mortal, but incompetent to the glorified body! .
Loftly, They shall be fpiritual bodies. Not, that they shall be changed into Spirits; but they (hall be spiritual, in respect of their fpirit.like qualities and endowments. The body shall be, abfolutely, subfervient to the soul, subject to it, and influenced by it; and therefore, no more a clog to its aciivity, nor the animal appetites a snare to it. There will be no need to beat it down, nor to drag it to the service of God. The foul, in this life, is so much influenced by the body, that, in Scripture-style, it is said to be carnal: but then, the
body shall be spiritual, readily serving the soul in the business of o heavenr; and in that only, as if it had no more relation of earth, than
a fpirit. It will have no further need of the now necessary supports - of life, namely, food and raiment, and the like : " They shall hunger
bo no more, neither thirst any more, Rev, vii. 16. For in the relur**i rećtion, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as " the angels of God in heaven.)? Then shall the saints be strong