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in these words, " that which thou sowest is not quicken'd except it die, where the L very same Individual grain is said to be uicken'd which Dies, we are taught, that the very same 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 sown, and that which shall be, is so stated, that it does not give us the least reason to susped, 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 sown, 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,
again, not only restored to life; but with the addition of New and Noble Quali- . ties, Incorruptibility and Immortality.
But 'tis observable, that though St. Paul's 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 dishonour, it is raised in glory: 'Tis the very same thing, that is the subjećt of Different Qualities from what it had before. And this is still more evident from what is further asserted, This + 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, f then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swal
lowed up in vićtory; not only upon this
account, that it shall afterwards make no fresh conquests, but, as * Iraeneus 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 confiderable Discovery: For speaking of + this 15th. ch. of the 1st. Ep. to the Corinth. he observes, that vexeci, TayTeg, of are the nominative cases to #yeleoytal, &orologovta, śysé9%govrai, all along, and not aduata, Bodies, which one may with reason think would somewhere or other have been expressed, if all this had been said, to propose it as an Article of Faith, that the very same bodies shall be raised. The same manner of speaking the Spirit of God observes all through the
* Adv. Haeres. L. 5. c. 13. † 3d, Letter, p. 1 99.
your mortal bodies; which words do unquestionably denote, that the same Body, which Dies, shall be Raised again. And this is confirm'd by the Assurance, which the same Aposile 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 Resurrečion 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 Imperfeótions, and render'd Glorious. But supposing that the sentence, which is above so positively pronounced concerning the Sacred Scriptures, had happen'd to be Trué, it would not have added any Advantage at all to the cause, which this Author espouseth: For the quickening and raising of the Dead, expressions which he so often refers to, must denote the quickening and raising