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the person of the Son of God. Howbeit for this his heavenly transfiguration he must wait in patient hope, until his earthly tabernacle shall be diffolved. Tbat was not first which is Spiritual, but that which is natural : and afterward, that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. Adam, our first parent, was formed from the dust of the ground; mortal in his nature, and even in paradise preserved from decay only by the fruit of the tree of life. But the second man Christ Jesus was God manifested in the flesh: the Son of God, by nature a partaker of the Godhead: but for our fakes and for our salvation veiled for a season in a human body, a body first to be subjected to death, then exalted into heaven, incorruptible and immortal. As is the earthy, such are they that are earthy; and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy; we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. For his appointed season the child of corruption must bear the body of corruption. Earth must return to earth before it can be clothed with life eternal. But if, while thou art in this tabernacle, thou art renewed in the Spirit of thy mind after the image of the Lord from heaven;
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when Christ, who is thy Lord, fhall appear, then shalt thou also appear with Him in glory.
Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God: neither dotb corruption inherit incorruption. Our bodies; if continued in the state of impure and perishable flesh and blood, would be unfit for the habitations of the blessed, unqualified for the glories of eternity. Behold! I fbew you a mystery." I would explain to you through the inspiration of the Spirit of truth the secrets of the world to come, which God alone can reveal. We shall not all sleep in the grave; but we shall all be changed: all the generations of men who shall have been deposited in the tomb;
and every individual of that concluding generation which Christ, when he cometh to judgement shall find alive; all shall be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump. For the trumpet Mall found, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible; and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption; and this mortal muji put on immortality. So when this corruptible Shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal Mall have put on iinmortality; when purified for ever from all pollution, disentangled and refined from the feeds of weakness and decay, the glorified frame fhall be re-united to the
immortal Spirit : then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory; then shall be fully accomplished in its noblest import the prophetic declaration of laiah: The Lord God ball fwallow up death in victory; and shall wipe away tears from off all faces : for the Lord hath Spoken it (3). Then shall the redeemed of the Lord exclaim in the triumphant language of the apostle; O death! where is thy sting? O grave! where is thy victory? In that day shall they take up, and apply to themselves, the song of exultation prepared for them by the prophet in the words immediately following that promise, which is now fulfilled in their resurrection to everlasting life: Lo! this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save us ! This is the Lord: we have waited for Him; we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation ! From the contemplation of the glories of the world to come, St. Paul as it were for a moment returns to earth, that he may impress on our hearts a deep conviction of the situation with respect to futurity, in which every man, as an inheritor of the mortal und corrupt nature of Adam, and as a sinner against God by wilful transgression, is placed; of the situation in which all men would have re(8) Isaiah, xxv, 8.
mained without hope of deliverance, had not Christ redeemed them by His blood. The Sting of death is fin : and the strength of fin is the law. It is fin which caused death : it is fin which maketh death terrible. By sin death entered into the world : by sin the bed of the dying man is shaken with agony,
with pangs of body and horrors of conscience: by fin the dungeons of never-ending punishment were founded, and their gates thrown open to the guilty and unregenerate soul. And the strength of sin is the law. Sin is the transgression of the law : and the wages of fin is death b). The perfect holiness of that law of God which fin persuades men to transgress is the very weapon from which he derives his strength, his power of working destruction. The law of God demands perfect obedience. The penalty for every
instance of disobedience is eternal death. Cursed is every one who continueth not in all things, which are written in the book of the law, to do them (i). Sin prevails on every man to break the law : and then with triumphant malignity inflicts the penalty upon him, and plunges him into death eternal. O wretched man that I am ! cried St. Paul, pouring forth on another occasion the convictions of his soul; Who fhall deliver me (5) 1 John, iii. 4. Rom. vi. 23. (i) Gal. iii. 10.
from from the body of this death?. I thank God, through Jesus Christ our Lord (k). Here is deliverance: here is conquest and life and blessedness for ever and ever. Tbanks be to God, which giveth us the victory, through our Lord Jesus Chrift! Thanks be to God that the feed of the woman hath bruised the ferpent's head! Christ hath rescued us from the power of the grave: Christ hath delivered us from the wrath to come. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us. Chrift hath tasted death for all men ; and hath made His soul an offering for fin; a full, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice, oblation, and satisfaction for the fins of the whole world. Christ hath destroyed the last enemy. Christ hath prepared from the creation of the world a kingdom for His saints, a kingdom of righteousness where there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: where they shall see their Lord face to face, and be like unto Him, and reign with Him in bliss unchangeable for ever and ever.