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The soul may pass, and yet know nought of heav'n,
PROPOSITION THIRTY-SECOND. There is to be a RESURRECTION in the Future, Spir.
itual World, from Physical and Moral Death to the Divine Likeness of Christ, for the Spirits of All Flesh.
PROOFS. Ye do err, not knowing the Scriptures, nor the Power of God; for, IN THE RESURRECTION, - - - THEY ARE AS THE ANGELS OF GOD IN HEAVEN.'-Mat. xxii. 29.-30.
"Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not tbe Scriptures, neither the Power of God? For, when they shall Rise from the Dead, THEY - - ARE AS THE ANGELS WHICH ARE IN HEAVEN.'-Mark xii. 24, 25.
"As we have borne the image of the Earthy, [Adam,] WE SHALL ALSO BEAR THE IMAGE OF THE HEAVENLY, (Christ.]—1 Cor. xv. 49. One is just as true as the other. As surely as we have been born into the earth, so surely shall we be also born anew into heaven. As true as we have been created in the likeness of the first-born of earth, So truly shall we also be re-created into the image of the first-born of heaven. Who can resist the force of so express a testimony? Have not All borne the image of the earthy ? Have not All Souls been born into this world ? And the great Universal New Birth of the Resurrection is to glorify all these, that is, of course, every human creature, with the heavenly, angelic, image.
"As in Adam ALL die, even so, IN CHRIST SHALL ALL BE MADE Alive.'-1 Cor. xv. 22. From what kind of death does the Apostle here contemplate the Resurrection of All ? Evidently, that which came upon the soul of Adam in the day of his disobedience, and not physical death, merely. We have no evidence that God first created the dust of Adam immortal, so that his earthly body would never have return. ed to the dust from whence it came if he had not sinned, --there is proof to the contrary. Therefore naturally, all mankind may not be said to die in Adam, because mortal death is the inevitable, involuntary "debt of nature,' which every man must suffer if he is born, whether Adam had existed or not. But the Scriptures suppose that all men have inherited from Adam the spiritual mortality which came upon him at the fall, and thus accordingly say, 'in Adam All die.' And the purpose of the Resurrection is that the deathly condition of our spirits shall be abolished, and quickened and made alive in Christ. “And if any man be in Christ, he is become a New Creature.'
How are the dead Raised up, and with what body do they come ? . . That which thou sowest, thou souest not that body which SHALL BE. - - It is sown in Dishonour, it is RAISED IN GLORY; it is sown in weakness, IT IS RAISED IN POWER; it is sown a natural, [literally, 'an animal,'] body, IT IS RAISED A SPIRITUAL Body. -1 Cor. xv. 35, 37, 43, 44. It is the Father's Will, that of All Flesh and All Things, which He hath given unto His Son, he should Raise all up at the last day, and Lose Nothing.-John vi. 39, &c.
"He hath given Assurance unto All Men, in that He hath Raised up Jesus from the Dead.'-Acts xvii. 31.
"God is not the God of the dead, [for there are no dead,] but of the living : FOR ALL LIVE UNTO Him.'—Mat. xxii. 30.
"No Man Dieth to HIMSELF; for whether we live, we live unto the Lord, and whether we Die, WE DIE UNTO THE LORD; whether we live, therefore, Or Die, we are the Lord's. For to this end Christ both died, rose, and revived, THAT HE MIGHT BE LORD BOTH OF THE DEAD AND THE LIVING.'-Rom. xiv, 7.-9.
"Our Lord Jesus Christ Died for Us, [Mankind,] that whether we wake OR SLEEP, we should LIVE together with him.'-1 Thess. v. 10.
"It doth not (yet) appear what we shall be ; but we know that when he shall appear, [at the time of our resurrection to life and immortality,] we shall be LIKE HIM, for we shall see him as he is.'-1 John iii. 2. The GLORY of the Lord shall be revealed, and All Flesh shall see it together.'Isa. xl. 5.
We look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall change our vile body, THAT IT MAY BE FASHIONED LIKE UNTO His GLORIOUS BODY ; according to the Working whereby he is [thus) able to Subdue All Things unto himself.' Phil. iii. 21. “WE SHALL ALL BE CHANGED. - - The Dead shall be Raised INCORRUPTIBLE, and we shall be Changed,' that is, as above, 'fashioned in the likeness of Christ's glorious body,' in 'the image of the heavenly,' &c.—1 Cor. xv. 52, 49.
CORRUPTION CANNOT INHERIT INCORRUPTION.'-1 Cor. xv.
The dust shall return unto the earth as it was, AND THE SPIRIT SHALL RETURN UNTO GOD WHO GAVE IT.'-Ec. xii. 7. •For OF Him, and through Him, and TO Him are ALL THINGS.'-Rom. xi. 36.
Unto God, the Lord, BELONG THE ISSUES OF DEATH. And he shall wound THE HEAD of His ENEMIES, (the seed of the serpent,---see Gen. iii. 15,] and the scalp of such an enemy as goeth on still in trespassing,' still the last enemy, DEATH, shall be destroyed.']—Ps. lxviii. 20, 21.
Those that are alive from the dead, rieLD THEMSELVES UNTO THE LORD.—Rom. vi. 13. Weep ye not for THE DEAD, [therefore,] neither bemoan him.'-Jer. xxii. 10.
"Because I live, [said Jesus,] Ye shall live also.'-John xiv. 29. He tasted death for Every Man,' 'the whole world.' And we shall be Saved, BY HIS Life.'-Rom. vi. 10. And he 'was made after the Power of AN ENDLESS LIFE.'-Heb. vii. 23.
Christ is the first-born of Every CREATURE.'-Col. i. 15. "They which shall be accounted worthy (of all the animated species of the Lord's creation,] to obtain that world and the Resurrection from the Dead, cannot die any more ; FOR
THEY ARE EQUAL UNTO THE ANGELS ; and are the children of God, [by adoption, also, as they were previously by creation,] BEING THE CHILDREN OF THE RESURRECTION.'-Luke xx. 34.-36.
That THE DEAD [i. e. all the dead,---none are excepted,] are Raised, even Moses showed at the bush, when he calleth the Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, because these Fathers had died.] For He is not a God of the dead, but of The Living ; [consequently, those Patriarchs must have been Raised, and living ; notice, Christ said, 'the dead are raised ;' the Bible does not teach a Future, Universal, Simultaneous Resurrection, any more than it teaches a Physical, Terrestrial one. “But every man in his own order,' is advanced to the heavenly sphere.] FOR ALL LIVE UNTO HIM.'-Luke xx. 37, 38.
This I confess unto thee, [said the Apostolic Preacher,] . that after the way which they call Heresy, so worship I the God of my Fathers, believing all things which are written in the Law and in the Prophets, and have HOPE, [both expectation and DESIRE,] toward God, which they themselves also allow', [Partialists admit the resurrection of the sinful to immortality, but it is a revivification to endless miseries, and they cannot therefore hope for it as we, who contend with Jesus that the children of the Resurrection are as the angels of heaven,'] that there shall be a Resurrection of the Dead, both of the Just, AND OF THE UNJUST.'-Acts xxiv. 15.
"The soul's inheritance,
And ever nearer,-never near,-to God.”-FE&TUS. Two passages will probably occur to the mind of the reader in reflecting upon the Scripture teachings concerning
the Resurrection, which may at first present some little difficulty. We are compelled, however, to notice them but very briefly. The book and periodical publications of our persuasion, abound with searching and irrefutable expositions of them. We shall notice them conjointly.
And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.'-Dan. xii. 2.
The hour is coming in which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth: they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation, [condemnation,--previous verses.]—John v. 28, 29.
For sake of brevity, we shall only make several general remarks, which we have not space to illustrate.---(1) Ifthese two passages refer to the Inmortal Resurrection, they positively, palpably contradict the explicit teaching of sixTEEN passages we have above cited, which the objector will not dispute Do relate to the HEAVENLY Resurrection; and it is the business of the objector to reconcile the Scriptures, as much as ours. But should the express declarations of sixteen texts, be forced to yield to the doubtful meaning of two? ---(2) It is entirely assumed that these passages have any. thing to do with the future life, and that, in direct defiance of the contexts in both instances; the time of the first being fixed at a period of some great national (not universal) trouble, on the earth, (verse 1,) which Christ, in his prophecy of the demolition of Jerusalem, quoting Daniel's language, applied to that event, (see Mat. xxiv. 15, 21 ;) and the other passage is also declared by Jesus himself to refer to that present time, (verse 25,) and explained by him, too, in the same connection, v. 24: that BELIEVING ON HIM wa's life and the deliverance from condemnation, or damnation. ---(3) The immortal Resurrection is never once spoken of in the Scriptures as a resurrection from the graves, or from the dust of the earth, but as a resurrection from the dead ;--it is not spoken of as a resurrection to this earthly life, and physical body, but as a resuscitation to the heavenly' life, with 'a spiritual body.'---(4) The Resurrection to immortal