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strain’d to any thing Actually performed at the time, when God spake unto Moses; it hence appears, that by these words, in the Assumption of the Argument, God is not the God of the dead, nothing is meant but this, That God Almighty cannot Properly be called the God of those, who shall never be Restored to the Perfection of their Being, by the Re-union of Body and Soul: From which it is the Direct and Immediate consequence, that those Dead men, whose God he declares himself to be, shall be so Restored. And therefore the other part of the Assumption, that God is the God of the living, as it is here applied to the Deceased Patriarchs, does denote, that though their Souls be at present Separated from their Bodies, yet God hath not Finally abandon'd them to that state of Imperfection, but will certainly Restore them to their Entire nature, and by the conjunction of Body and Soul constitute them Living men. And upon this account, even those, who are Dead, are said to live unto God; for he is their God, as he is called the God of the living, in respect of that life, which
y pets - he will hereafter vouchsafe unto them;
and that with the same propriety of
of, when he says of himself, * I am the git Refurre&tion; which cannot be under
stood of his having effected the Resurwhe
rection, when this was spoken, but must
The Doctrine thus proved by our Blef-
* Joh. xi. 25.
t 2 Cor. v. 1.
clear from a further observation made by the Apostle, * not that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, i, e. according to the true sense of the text, given by + St. Chryfoftom, 'not that we would be Deprived of our Bodies, but Clothed with them in their state of Immortality; for it is added, that Mortality might be fwal lowed up of life.
And though this passage be understood of those, who will be found alive, when Christ shall come to Judge the world; yet ’tis at the same time a very good Argument for the Resurrection of other mens Bodies from the Grave; because it is not to be imagined, that the Soul of one man should either remain without a Body, or be United to a Different Body from that, in which it lived before, when another shall subsist in the same Body render'd Immortal. However, we are not left under Uncertainty and Conjecture in this matter; for St. Paul hath affured us, that they I which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord, shall
**.4. + Homil. 10. in 2 Cor. 1 Theff. iv. R. 15. V, 16. ¥. 17.
not prevent them which are asleep; but the dead in Chrift shall rise first : Then they which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air. And the same Apostle affirms, that as certainly as Christ himself is risen, fo certainly shall our Bodies be raised: * If we believe, that Jesus died and rose again; even so them also which seep in Jesus will God bring with him.
But these Testimonies may seem to prove no more than the Resurrection of the Just alone: And 'tis no wonder, that the same observation may be made upon many other Texts; because the Resurrection is so frequently proposed as a Benefit and an encouragement to Virtue and Piety. But God's Holy Spirit hath in several other places deliver'd this Article in more General terms, as 2 Cor. v. 10. We must all appear before the Judgement Seat of Christ, that every one may receive the things done in his Body, according to that he hath done, whether
* ¥. 14.
it be good or bad. The fame Apostle declaring his Belief of this Article, in his defence of himself before Felix, calls it a * Resurrection both of the Just and Unjuft. * And our Blessed Saviour thus fully represents the Universality of the Resurrection; of The hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves Mall hear his voice and shall come forth; they thai have done good unto the Refurrection of life, and they that have done evil unto the Resurrection of Damnation ; which words are so expref
five of a Proper and General Resurrecticon, that it seems Impossible to evade the
force of them; and yet, besides the misapplication of them to a Spiritual Resurrection from sin, another evasion hath been framed, which below will be taken notice of. Hence therefore I proceed to the other general Head of Difcourse, viz.
II. SECONDLY, The Solution of some objections that have been formed against this Article: Which hath been by some
* Acts. xxiv. 15. .
t John. v. 28, 29.