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ly united to a man's foul here, notwithstanding, as it is alledged, * that they, in succession, have all of them made up his Body; yet this is no way repugnant to the Identity of the Living and Raised body: For we are told, and very Justly too, that though the particles of the body be changed; yet it still continues the Same Organized body, to which they are in succession vitally united. If it therefore continues the same Organized body, in that Removal of particles; then it will at the Resurrection be the same Body, though it may not consist of All the particles that have ever been vitally united to it; supposing that it be made up of that matter, which was a part of it in this life: And that supposition is already confirm’d, as well from the Principles of him who opposeth it, as from our Saviour's Testimony, that all that are in the graves Mall hear his voice and Mall come forth: From which the Learned Prelate having, in this Controversy, excellently reason'd, that these words can re
late to no other substance, than what was united to the soul in this life, because a Different substance cannot be said to be in the graves, and to come out of them; his Adversary thus Fallaciously decries this cogent Argument, by charging an Absurdity upon it. .* This interpretation of our Saviour's words, if it prove any thing, proves that the foul too is lodged in the grave, and raised out of it at the last day; because no other substance being raised but what hears his voice, and no other substance bearing his voice, but what being called comes out of the grave, and no other substance coming out of the grave, but what was in the grave, any one must conclude that the soul, unless it be in the grave, will make no part of the person that is raised, unless it can be made out, that a substance which was never in the grave may come out of it, or that the soul is no substance. In answer to this plausible Fallacy 'tis fufficient to observe, that the Soul, having all along Existed in its Separation from
* 3d. Letter, p. 169.
the Body, cannot Strictly be said to be Raised; but still it is a Substance, and a Part of the person that is Raised, bears his voice, and comes out of the grave, though it be not that part which is so
Raised. The text assures us, that the - Body, That part of man which shall be · Raised, will be the same that was united
to his Soul here; because That alone can be said to be in the grave, and to come out of it. And this Truth is, with as little success, opposed by the fame Author, in his Interpretation of St. Paul's discourse, about the seed sown, * That which thou sowest, thou roweft not that body that shall be, but bare grain: From which, as he represents it, the Argument stands thus; + If the Body that is put in the earth in Sowing, is not that Body which shall be, then the Body that is put in the grave, is not that, i. e. the same , Body that shall be.
But there is a very Different account of this passage, and a very satisfactory one, given by Tertullian; who observes, that * Co, XV. met 3d. Letter, p. 1850
in these words, * that which thou fowest is not quicken'd except it die, where the very same Individual grain is said to be Quicken'd which Dies, we are taught, that the very fame Humane Body which Dies shall be Quicken'd in the Resurrection; so that the context is to be Interpreted consistently with these words: And therefore he condemns that very Misapplication of the Text, which is now mention'd, as Foreign to the intention of the Example.
And indeed the Opposition between the Body fown, and that which shall be, is so stated, that it does not give us the least reason to suspect, that the Body which shall be Raised will not be the Same that Dies: Thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain: where the Body that shall be, is not opposed to that which is fown, consider'd Absolutely, but in this respect, that it is sown Bare grain, whereas it does not spring up Bare grain, but Improv'd and Adorn'd. In like manner shall our Bodies be Raised
* Lib. de Resur. c. 52.
again, not only restored to life, but with the addition of New and Noble Qualities, Incorruptibility and Immortality.
But 'tis observable, that though St. Pauls design in this Allusion was to point out the Different Qualities of the Dead and Raised body, yet his application of it is so expressed as to be a full proof, that the Same body shall rise. * It is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption; It is sown in disbonour, it is raised in glory: 'Tis the very same thing, that is the subject of Different Qualities from what it had before. And this is still more evident from what is further asserted, This t corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality; by which nothing can be understood, but that the Same body, which is Corruptible and Mortal now, shall hereafter be clothed with Incorruptibility and Immortality: And therefore the Apostle adds, that when this shall be done, I then mall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swal