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never again be separated, but subsist in that Union for ever. Several other reasons might be alledged, if this one did not make it abundantly clear, that the Resurre&#ion, which our Saviour here treats of and proves, is the Resurre?ion of the Body. The only thing then, which remains to be Illustrated, is, That supposing our Blessed Saviour's Argument to be a proof of the Resurreółion of the Body, it will not from this supposition follow, that the Bodies of the Persons here spoken of were Raised to life again, at or before the time, when God declared himself to be their God. For the Confirmation of which it is observable, that the * Expression, from which our Lord argues, is not restrain'd to any thing Aétually accomplished by Almighty God, at the time when he spake unto Moses. For the reading of the Hebrew text is not, as in our English version, I am the God of Abraham, but I the God of Abraham; And in the same manner is the Greek text read in f St. Mark. And granting * Exod. iii. 6. f ch. xii. W. 26. 3 - that that the word so omitted is to be Understood, as it is usually, in the like case, in other Hebrew texts; yet this is no reason of restraining God Almighty's Declaration to any thing that he had vouchsafed to the Patriarchs at the time, when he declared himself Their God: Which appears from the use of the same Expresfion in Parallel texts, as, Isa. xli. Io. where God thus speaks unto Israel, Be mot dismayed, for I thy God, or I am thy God: And that he declares himself to be fo, not in relation to Past, but Future favours, is evident from the Imortance of this Declaration, by himself Immediately subjoyned; I willstrengthen thee, yea I will help thee, yea I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. And so our Blessed Saviour interprets these words of God Almighty, concerning the three Persons in the 7ext, as an Assurance given by him, that he will Raise them from the dead. Since then Chrift did intend by this Argument directly to prove the Resurre&#ion of the Body, and since the expression, upon which this Proof depends, is not reF strain’d

strain'd to any thing Aétually performed at the time, when Godspake 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 Pro

perly be called the God of those, who shall never be Restored to the Perfeótion of their Being, by the Re-union of Body

and Soul: From which it is the Direét

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'as it is here applied to the Deceased Pa

triarchs, does denote, that though their Souls be at present Separated from their

Bodies, yet God hath not Finally aban

don'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

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he will hereafter vouchsafe unto them; and that with the same propriety of Speech, which Christ himself makes use of, when he says of himself, * I am the Resurreštion; which cannot be understood of his having effeóted the Resurrečtion, when this was spoken, but must signify, that he would afterwards Raise the dead. The Dočtrine thus proved by our Bles: fed Saviour, may be confirmed by the concurrent Testimony of other Texts. St. Paul assures us, that our Bodies will be made Immortal; + //e know, that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, etermal in the Heavens; for it seems very plain from what follows, that by the house not made with hands, is meant the Immortal state of our Bodies: # In this we groan earneftly, desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven; which cannot be understood of the Heavenly mansions, but of the Body. And this is still more clear from a further observation made by the Apostle, * mot that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, i. e. according to the true sense of the text, given by + St. Chrysosom, 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 swallowed 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 Arment for the Resurreótion 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

* Joh. xi. 25. t 2 Cor. v. 1. # X. 2. - F 2 clear

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 Conjec

ture in this matter; for St. Paul hath as

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