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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 consuined. Many of the saints now have bodies weaker than others; but “the feeble among them, (to allude to Zech. xii. 8.) at that day, shall be as David, and the house of David shall be as God.” A grave divine fays, that one thall be stronger at the refurrection, than an hundred, yea, than thousands are now. Certainly great, and vastly great, must the itrength of glorified bodies be, feeing they hall bear up under an exceding and eternal weight of glory. The mortal body is not at all adapteri to such a state. Do transports of joy occafion death, as well as excellive grief uoes? And can it bear up under a weight of glory? Can it sublist in union with a soul filled with heaven's raptures ? Surely no. The mortal body would sink under that load, and such a fill would inake 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, Cor. xv. 50. How strong must 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 sun? 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 thine forth from it, Job xxvi 9. But then the vail fhall be removed, and they made able to behold it, to their unspeakable joy. How firong muft their bodies be, who ihall not rest night nor day; but be without intermislion for ever employed in the heavenly temple, to sing and proclain the praises of God, without weariness, which is a weakness incident to the frail mortal, but incompetent to the glorified body!

Loftly, They shall be spiritual bodies. Not, that they shall be changed into spirits; but they (hall be Spiritual, in respect of their {pirit. like qualities and endowments. The body shall be, abfolutely, Lubfervient to the soul, subject to it, and influenced by it; and cherefore, no more a clog to its activity, 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 /piritual, readily serving the fout in the business of heaveir; 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

no more, neither thirst any more, Rev, vii. 16. For in the refur**. rectisn, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as " the angels of God in heaven." Then fall the faints be strong 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 fpirits do. They will be nimble and active as spirits, and of a moft refined constitution. The body that is now lumpish and heavy, shall then be most sprightly. No such thing at melancholy shall be found to make the heart heavy, and the spirits flag and sink. 6. Where the carcase is, there shall the “ faints, as fo mary eagles, be gathered together.” I shall not further dip into this matter : The day will declare it.

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 faid 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 6. torment ascendeth-up for ever and ever. And they have no reit "* 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 fin, as the shadow followeth the body but the wicked in this world walk in the dark, and often under a difguise: nevertheless, when the Judge comes in flaming 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 confufion. Their shame will be too deep for blushes: but “ all faces shall gather blackness," at that day, when they shall go forth of their graves, as male. , factors 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 chen appear with ghastly countenances, a grim and deathlike visage. Their looks will be frightful, and they will be horrible spectacles, 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 vessels 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 defpicable in the eyes of the faints, even of those saints, who gave them 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 shall their bodies be as so many lothsome carcases, which “ they shall go forth and look upon with “ abhorrence: yea, they shall be an abhorring unto all flen, Isa.

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at one and the same thing, namely, the lothsonnets of the wicked, at the resurrection. They will be lothsome in the eyes of one another. The unclean wretches were neyer so lovely to each other, as then they will be lothfoire: dear companions in lin will then be an abhorring, 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 į, o be izvers, when ye are in the houie of mourning, for the loss of your godiy relations or friends, that ye sorrow not, even as pthers, which huve no hope; for ye, will meet again, I Thes. 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 resurrection they will awaké again, and come forth of their graves. The vef- 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 bouse, whatever lustre it had in the low:r one. It was crackt, it was polluted; and therefore it behoved to be melted down that it may be reficed and faspioned porę 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 fun 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, fecures the glorious refurrection 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 fiature, as is generally fuppofed. Be not discouraged by reason of a weak and fickly budy; there is a day coming, when thot falt 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 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 chee, but thou shalt meet the Lord in the air, 1 Theff. iv. 17. It will be with the saints coming up from the grave, as with the Israelites, when they came out of Egypt, Pfal.cv. 37 There was not one feeble perfon among their tribes. Start thou an uncomely, or deformed. body? There is a glory within, which will then fet all right without; according to all the defire of thire heart. It shall rise a glorious, beautiful, handsome, and well proportioned body. Its unicomeliness, or deformities may go with it to the grave, but they hall not come back with it. O, that ihese, who are now so defirous.co be beautiful and handsome, would not


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be too hasty to effect it with their foolish and finful 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 victorious at last. Thou must go down to the grave, but shough 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 fhalt 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

up.again." O solid comfort! O glorious hopes! Wherefore com. fort yourselves, and one another with these words, i Theff. 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 conlider what will be your part in it, if ye be not in time brought into the Itate of grace. Think, O finner, on that day, when the trumpet shall found, at the voice of which, the bars of the pit shall be broken asunder, the doors of the grave small fly open, the devour. ing depths of the sea fhall throw up their dead, the earth caft forth hers; and death every where in the excess of astonishment, shall leć go its prisoners; and thy wretched soul and body shall be re-united, to be filled before the tribunal of God. Then, if thou hadst a thou. sand worlds at thy disposal, thou would gladly give them all away, upon condition thou mightest ly fill in thy grave, with the hund. sed!h part of that ease, wherewith 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 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 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 shall be their beds, where they fall awake with joy in the morning of the refurrection; or their prisons, out of which they thall 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 wicked, that were fown full of sins, that ly down with them in the dust, (Job, XX 11.) fall spring up again, finful, wretched, and vile. Your bodies, which are now instruments of lin, the Lord will lay aside for L!


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the fire, at death; and bring them forth for the fire, at the refusrection' That body, which is not now en ployed in God's service, but is abused by uncleanness and lasciviousneis, will then be brought furch in all its vileness, thenceforth to lodge with unclean fpirits, The body of the drunkird Mall then Itagger by reason of the wine of the wrath of God, poured out to him, and poured into him, withouc mixcure. There, who now please themselves in their revellings, will reel to and fro at another rate; when, instead of their songs and musicky they shall hear he found of the last trumpet. Many toil their bodies for worldly gain, who will be loth 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 shifting dury, that they are already tired 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

half the way for the good of their immortal fouls; 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 missing in that great congregation. When the bodies of the saints shine as the Tur, fearful will the looks of their perfecutors be. Fearful will their condition be, who fometimes shut up the faints in nasty prisons, stigmatized, burned them to alhes, hanged them, and suck up their heads and hands in publick places, to fright others from the ways of righteousness, which they fuf. fered for. Many faces now fair, will then gather Michness. They shall be no more admired and caressed for that beauty, which has a worm ac che root, that will cause it toiffie in lothlomness and deforinity. Ah! what is that beauty, under which there lurks a monftruous, deformed, and graceleis heart? What but a forry paint, a flight varnish; which will leave the body so much the more ugly, before that fiaming - fire, in which the Judge Mall be revealed from heaven, saking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gfpel, 2 Theff.1.7,8. They thall be fripe of all their ornaments, and not nave a rag to cover their nakedness; but their carcases shall be an abhorring to all field, and serve as a foil to set off the beauty and glory of the righteous, and make it appear the brighter.

Now is the time to secure, for yourselves, a part in the resurrection of the jult. The which if ye would do, unite with Jefus Chrift by faith, sifing spiritually from sin, and glorifying God with your bodies. He is the resurrection and the life, John xi. 25. If your bodies be members of Christ, temples, of ahe Holy Ghoft; they Mall certainly arise in glory, Get into this ark now, and ye shall rume forth with joy into the new world. Kise from your sins: cast away these grave.clothes, putting off your former lufts. How can one imagine, that ibele, who continue cead while they live, thall come forih, at the last day, unto the resurrection of life? But that will be

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