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without meat or drink ; warm without cloaths; ever in perfect health - without medicine ; and ever fresh and vigorous, though they shall never sleep, but ferve him night and day in his temple, Rev. vii. 15.
They will need none of these things, more than spirits do. They will be nimble and active as fpirits, and of a moft refined constitution. The body that is now lumpish and heavy, shall then be most sprightly. No such thing at melancholy fhall be found to make the heart heavy, and the spirits flag and sink.:64 Where the carcase is, there hall the « saints, as so many eagles, be gathered together.” I shall not
further dip into this matter : The day will declare it. i · As to the qualities of the bodies of the wicked, at the resurrection,
I find the Scripture speaks but little of them. Whatever they may need, they shall not get a drop of water to cool their tongues, Luke xvi. 24, 25. Whatever may be said of their weakness, it is certain they will be continued for ever in life; that they may be ever dying: they shall bear up, howsoever unwillingly, under the load of God's wrath, and shall not faint away under it. “ The smoak of their 66. torment ascendeth up for ever and ever. And they have no reit «t day nor night.” Surely they shall not partake of the glory and beauty of the saints. All their glory dies with them, and shall never rise again. Daniel tells us, they shall awake to shame, and everlasting contempt, chap. xii. 2. Shume follows sin, as the shadow followeth . the body: but the wicked in this world walk in the dark, and often under a disguise: nevertheless, when the Judge comes in flaining fire, at the last day, they will be brought to the light; their mask will be taken off, and the shame of their nakedness will clearly appear to themselves and others, and fill their faces with confusion. Their shame will be too deep for blushes: but “ all faces shall gather black .. ness," at that day, when they shall go forth of their graves, as malefactors out of their prisons to execution ; for their resurrection is the resurrection of damnation. The greatest beauties, who now pride themselves in their comeliness of body, not regarding their deformed fouls, will then appear with ghastly countenances, a grim and deathlike visage. Their looks will be frightful, and they will be horrible fpectacles, coming forth of their graves like infernal furies out of the pit. They shall rise also to everlasting contempt. , They shall then be the most contemptible creatures, filled with contempt from God, as vesels of dishonour: whatever honourable uses they have been em, ployed to, in this world; and filled also with .contempt from men, They will be most despicable in the eyes of the saints, even of those saints, who gave thein honour here; either for their high station, the gifts of God in them, or because they were of the same human nature with themselves. But then fall their bodies be as so many lothsome curcuses, which “ they fall go forth and look upon with
abhorrence: yea, they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh,”? Isa. lxvi. 24. The word here rendered an abhorring, is the same which i in the other text is rendered contempt; and Isaiah and Daniel point
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at one and the same thing, namely, the lothloinnels of the wicked, at the resurrection. They will be loth some in the eyes of one another. The unclean wretches were neyer so lovely to each other, as then they will be lothloine: dear companions in lin 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. Ot comfort to the people of God. The doctrine of the resurrection is a spring of confolation and joy unto you. Think on i. O believers, when ye are in the houie of mourning, for the lofs of your godly relations or friends, that ye forrow not, even as pthers, which have no hope; for ye will meet again, i Thell. iv. 13, 14. They are bui lain down, to rest in their beds for a little while, (Illvii 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 ihe upper buule, whatever lustre it had in the low:r one. It was crackt, it was, polluied; and therefore it behoved to be melięd down that it may be refiried and fashioned more gloriously. Do but wait a while, and you Thall see it come forth out of the furnace of earth, vying with the stars in brightness; nay, as the sun when he goeth forth in his might. 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. Wherefore 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 fialure, 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. Ac 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 heal and sound, his body being raised incorruptible. And although, perhaps, chy weakness will not allow thee, now, to go one furlong to mees the Lord in publick ordinances; yet the day cometh, when thy body shall be no more a clog to thee, but thou shalt meet the Lord in the air, 1 Thes. iv. 17. It will be with the fainits coming up from the grave, as with the Israelites, when they came out of Egypty Pfal.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 sec all right without; according to all the delire of thive heart. It shall rise a glorious, beautiful, handsome, and well proportioned body. Its uncomeliness, or deformities may go with it to the grave, but they hall not come back with it. O, that these, who are now so defirous.co be beautiful and handfome, would not
be too hasty to effect it with their foolish and sinful arts; but wait and study 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 * fhalt get the first fall: but thou shalt rise again, and come off vic. itorious at last. Thou must go down to the grave, but though it i i be thy long home, it will not be thine everlasting home. Thou wilt z not hear the voice of thy friends there; but thou shalt hear the
voice of Christ there. Thou mayelt be carried chicher 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." U Tolid comfort! O glorious hopes! Wherefore com , cafort yourselves, and one c'mother with these words, 1 Thesl. iv. 18.
Use II, Of terror to all unregenerate men. Ye who are yet in your natural state, look at this piece of che eternal Mate; and conlider 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 trumpet Mall sound, at the voice of which, the bars of the pit fall be broken alunder, the doors of the grave fall fly open, the devoure ing depths of the sea shall throw up their dead, the earth call fortba hers; and death every where in the excess of astonishment, shall let' go its prisoners; and thy wretched soul and body shall be re-united, to be listed before the tribunal of God. Then, if thou hadst a thou. . fand worlds at thy disposal, thou would lugladly give them all away, upon condition thou mightest ly fill in thy grave, with the hund. redih part of that ease, wherewith thou hast fometimes lain at home, on the Lord's day: 'or (if that cannot be obtained) that thou mighted eft be but a spectator of the transactions of that day; as thou halt 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 trifle away the precious time of life, in (almost) as licle concern about death, as if they were like the beasts' ihat perih! some will be telling where their corpse must be laid; while yet they have not seriously considered, whether their graves shall be their beds, where they fhall awake with joy in the morning of the resurrection; or their prisons, out of which they fall be brought to receive the fearful sentence. Remember, now is your feed-time; and as ye fow, ye shall reap. God's feed-time begins at death; and at the resurrection, the bodies of the wickedo that were sown full of sins, that ly down with them in the dult, (Job *x. 11.) mall spring up again, sinful, wretched, and vile. Your bu... dies, which are now instruments of sin, the Lord will lay aside for :
the fire, ac death; and bring chem forth for the fire, at the refuse rection That body, which is not now enployed in God's service, but is abused by uncleanness and lasciviousneis, will then be brought forth in all its vileness, thenceforth to lodge with unclean spirits, The body of the drunkird fall then stagger by reason of the wine of the wrath of God, poured out to him, and poured into him, withouc mixture. There, who now please themselves in their revellings, will reel to and fro at another rate; when, instead of their songs and musick, they shall hear the sound of the last trumpet. Many toil their bodies for worldly gain, who will be look to distress them for the benefit of their souls ; by labour, unreasonably hard, they will quite disfit them for the service of God; and, when they have done, will reckon it a very good reason for lifting dury, that they are already cired out with other business: but the day cometh, when they will be made to abide a yet greater stress. They will go leveral miles for back and belley, who will not go half the way for the good of their immortal souls; they will be fickly and unable on the Lord's day, who will be tolerably well all the rest of the week But when that trumpet sounds, the dead hall find their feet, and none shall be milfing in that great congregation. When the bodies of the saints shine as the sun, fearful will the looks of their perfecutors be. Fearful will their condition be, who sometimes shut up the faints in nasty prisons, stigmatized, burned them to alhas, hanged them, and suck up their heads and liands in publick places, to frighe ochers from the ways of righteousness, which they sufe fered for. Many faces now fair, will then gather hackness. They shall be no more admired and caressed for that beauty, which has a worm at the roof, chat will cause it to ifflie in lothlomness and deforinity. Ah! what is that beauty, under which there lurks a monstruous, deformed, and gracelels heart? What but a forry paint, a sligh: varnish; which will leave the body so much the more ugly, before that flaming-fire, in which the Judge Chall be revealed from heaven, Jaking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel, 2 Theil..7,8. They thall be firipe of all their ornaments, and not have a rag to cover their nakedness; but their carcases thall be an abhorring to all fieth, and serve as a foil to set off' che beauty and glory of the righteous, and make it appear the brighter.'
Now is the time to secure, for yourselves, a part in the refur. rection of the juit. The which if ye would do, unite with Jesus Chritt by fajih, sifing spirituzily from fin, and glorifying God with your bodies. He is the refurrection and the life, John xi. 25. If your bodies be members of Christ, temples of the Holy Ghoft; they thall certainly arst in glory, Get into this ark now, and ye shall come forih with joy into the new world. Kife from your fins : caft away these grave.clothes, putting off your former lufts. How can one imagine, that there, who continue cead while they live, fall comie forth, at the last day, unto the resurrection of life. But that will be
the the privilege of all those, who having first confecrated their souls and bodies to the Lord by faith, do glorify him with their bodies, as well as their fouls; living and acting to him, and for him, yra, and fuffering for him too, when he calls them to it.'
MATTH. XXV. 31, 32, 33, 34, 41, 46.
Throne of his Glory:
Jeparate them one from another, as a Shepherd divideth
his Sheep from the Goats :
Goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right Hand, . Come ye ble l'ed, &c. - Unto them on the left Hand, Depart from me ye .curled, &c. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but
the Righteous into Life eternal. 7
THE dead being raised, and these found alive at the coming of T the Judge, changed, follows the General fudgmeni, plainly and awfully described in this portion of Scripture ; in which we shall take notice of the following particulars. (1.) The coming of the Judge, When the Son of man shall come in his glóry, &c. The Judge is Jesus Christ, the Son of man ; the fame, by whole almighty power, as he is God, the dead will be raised." He is also called the King, ver. 34. The judging of the world being an act of the Royal Mediator's kingly office. He will come in glory; glorious in his own Person, and having a glorious retinue, even all the holy angels with him, to minister unto him at this great folemnity. (2.) The Judge's mounting the tribunal.
He is a King, and therefore it is a throne, a glorious throne, shall fit aspon the throne of his glory; ver. 31. (3.). The compearance of the parties. These are all nations; all and every one, small and great, of whatsoever nation, who ever were, are, or thàll be on the face of i in L12