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lowed up in vi&ory j not only upon this account, that it shall afterwards make no fresti conquests, but, as * Irœneus observes from the text, then will Death be truly conquer'd, when that flesh which is holden of it, will be deliver'd from its Dominion, and Restored to life, which shall be Immortal.
And hence may be answer'd a notion, that is advanced, by the Author so often taken notice of, grounded upon a Criticism, which he lays great stress upon, and therefore mentions more than once, as a very considerable Discovery: For speaking of + this i pb. ch. of the tfi.Ep. to the Corinth. he observes, that vsxgoi, neat7s$, o'l are the nominative cafes to syslgovjou, £aoxoiqSijffovTou, iyefBtjffovrai, all along, and not cruy.xTct, Bodies, which one may with reason think would somewhere or other have been expressed, is all this had been said, to propose it as an Article of Faith, that the very same bodies shall be raised. The same manner ofspeaking the Spirit of God observes all through the
* Adv. Hæres. L. 5. c. 13. f 3 d. Letter, p. 199.
new new Testament, where His said, raise the dead, quicken or make alive the dead, the resurreblion of the dead.
This Critical observation is liable to . two exceptions; first that 'tis False, and in the next place, that though it were True, it would be no reason of Doubting whether it be an Article of Faiths that the very same bodies shall rise. That this observation is False, the Author of it might easily have learned from that * Chapter, which he was considering; where he might have found eyiij>STaci thrice -f refer'd to o-upa, and once expressed with it, J cncsigeTcu auux $Ai%ixoV) fyeigSTai wftct 7rvsvfjunixov. It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body, or, the Body is sown Natural, the Body is raised Spiritual.
And though this observation, as to the other word, fyionoiY)$rj<ronat, be not Literally false; yet 'tis plainly so, as to the substance and intention of it: For St. Paul says of God Almighty, ^uoTroiTJasi ^ Tx SvrjTix ayiMXTcc vy.£v, \. He shall also quicken
* l Cor. xy. t f. 4«) 43. % t. 44. + Rom.viii. 11.
G 4 your your mortal bodies; which words do unquestionably denote, that the fame Body, which Dies, shall be Raised again. And this is confirm'd by the Assurance, which the same /Ipofile gives us, * that Christ shall change our vile body that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body; where there is no room left for doubt, that in the ResurreBion the Bodies of Holy men (who are particularly here spoken of) shall be the Same which now they have, with this difference; that they will then be devested of all Infirmities and Imperfections, and render'd Glorious. os the Dead Body, since the Soul, which does not Die, cannot be said to be Quicken'd: And if there be a Resurrection of the Dead Body, it must be a Resurrection of the same Body, that was before united to the Soul; for that alone is the Dead Body, which hath before Lived and Died. I shall therefore conclude this Argument, with that Remarkable passage, Rev. xx. 12, 13. I saw the dead, small and great stand before God; and the booh were opend: and another book was 0pend, which is the book of Use, and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the booh, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and . hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to his works.
But supposing that the sentence, which is above, so positively pronounced concerning the Sacred Scriptures, had happen d to be True, it would not have added any Advantage at all to the cause, which this Author efpoufeth: For the quickening and raising of the Dead,- expressions which he so often refers to, must denote the quickening and raising
Such then being the evidence of this Article, I shall in the last place draw some plain inferences from it, in relation to Holiness of life; which should be the Ultimate end of all Controversy, and Disquisition in Religion. And.
I. First, Since the Resurrection is (b clearly Revealed, we should not only yield a firm Aflent to it, but frequently entertain our minds with the Circumstances and End of it, as most probable means of applying the Pelief of it, with success, to our Affections and Practice. Some men are so very fond of their own gay and sprightly Imaginations, that they Disdain this Prospect, as too Gloomy, and Dismal to deserve their notice. And others do reject these Considerations as too Plain, and Common, and unworthy of their Thoughts, which they suppofe to be raised above the ordinary level, and fit to be employ'd in more Sublime and Refined speculations. So do they please themselves with these Reflections, as Wife and Commendable, which are only an argument of Weakness and Folly, and do redound to their Disgrace, as well as Disadvantage. For things Indifferent should not exclude the onething needful: That, which does most nearly concern us, ought in all reason to be the subject of our frequent Medir tations, And the more apt such Medi