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In i Thef. iv. 14. It is faid, Even fo, them alfo which fleep in Jefus, will God bring with him. This is fpoken of the Bodies of true Believers; for their Souls never fleep, but are happily with Christ, and active in their Enjoyment of Him, where he is: It is the Body therefore that fleeps, and the Time which paffes between the Death of the Body, and its being raifed to Life again in the Morning of the Refurrection, will feem as nothing: As does the Time that paffes between a Man's falling asleep at Night, and remains fleeping, till the Morning.

The Bodies of the Saints being spoken of as Дeeping in Jefus, lets us know that their Bodies are under his fpecial Care; which likewife is implied in the Prediction, That he will raise them up, at the last Day.

And the Confideration of this Truth, may be a Means of Comfort to ferious Chriftians, and contribute to abate the Fears of Death.

III. It is predicted that the Bodies of true Believers fhall be raised to Life again, and likewise the Bodies of the Wicked: This is evident from thofe Words of the Lord Jefus already mentioned.

In Rom. viii. 11. It is faid, If the Spirit of him that raifed up Jefus from the Dead, dwell in you, be that raifed up Chrift from the Dead, fhall alfo quicken your mortal Bodies, by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

In many Places of the holy Scripture, the Refurrection of Mens Bodies again to Life is manifeftly predicted. The Bodies both of the Righteous, and of the Wicked, will be made to live again.

The Hour is coming in the which, all (both good and bad) that are in the Graves, shall bear his

Voice, (that is, the Voice of the Son of God,) and fball come forth, they that have done Good, unto the Refurrection of Life; and they that have Evil, unto the Refurrection of Damnation; faid our great Redeemer. In John v. 28, 29.

Some of the Dead will be awakened from the Sleep of Death, or raised up to everlasting Life, and fome to Shame and everlafting Contempt.

There will be a vaft Difference between the. State of the Bodies of fincere Chriftians, and that of the Unbelieving, and Difobedient after the Refurrection, in the laft Day.

The Saints in their firft believing on the Lord Jefus, Yielded themselves unto God, as thofe that were alive from the Dead, and their Members as Inftruments of Righteoufnefs unto God. According to the Commandment, in Rom. vi. 13.

And as the dead Bodies of Believers during the Time of their Life here, were faithful Servants to their Souls, always acting according to the Determination of their Wills, carrying them to the Places of divine Worship; and were Inftruments of Righteoufnefs, and happy Inftruments in the Performance of all Duties required by the Gospel; fo at the Refurrection, when thefe fame Bodies fhall be raised up, and their immortal Spirits, their former Inhabitants are again put into them; then will they become Partakers of the good Things, which God has prepared for, and will bestow on those who love, and ferve him.

In like manner, when the Bodies of the Wicked fhall be raised up out of their Graves, and their guilty, their accurfed, and condemned Spirits fhall again enter into, and be united with them; then the wretched Bodies which inftead of ferving their Souls, in being Inftruments of Righteoufnefs, did by their finful Luftings enflave their Souls, and carried them into Harlots Houfes, or

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to feek other finful Pleasures, or hurry them to practife Things, or to perform Actions which the holy God has forbidden; then will thofe filthy Bodies reunited with their former wicked Inhabitants become Partakers with them of the fame everlasting Torments.

The Unbelievers willingly fuffered Sin to reign. in their mortal Bodies, and obeyed it in the Lufts thereof. They yielded their Members as Inftruments of Unrighteousness unto Sin. Both their Souls and Bodies were the willing Servants of Sin, while they lived together in this World, and therefore after the Refurrection, they will together fuffer endless Tortures and Miferies.

But the Bodies of the Saints will have a glorious Resurrection. The Apoftle Paul foretells that the Saviour; The Lord Jefus Chrift will change our vile Body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious Body, according to the Working whereby he is able even to fubdue all Things unto himself. Phil. iii. 20, 21.

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And in 1 Cor. xv. 42, 43. The Apoftle speaking of the Body at Death, and of the Resurrection of the Dead, fays, It (that is, the Body at Death,) is fown in Corruption, it is (to be) raifed in Incerruption: It is fown in Dishonour, it is (to be) raifed in Glory: It is fown in Weakness, it is (to be) raifed in Power. These are comfortable Predictions!

Holy Job comforted himself, with the Confideration of the Certainty of the Refurrection of the Dead: The Truth of which God revealed to him It was a Cordial to his Soul bowed down under complicated Afflictions, and full of Grief and Anguish. Job xix. 23. He fays, Oh that my Words were now written, Ob that they were printed in a Book! That they were graven with an Iron Pen and Lead, in the Rock for ever! For I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at

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the latter Day upon the Earth: And though after my Skin, Worms destroy this Body, yet in my Flesh Shall I fee God, (my Redeemer,) whom I fhall fee for myfelf, and mine Eyes fhall bebold, and not another; though my Reins be confumed within me.

What this juft Man faid, by the Infpiration of. the Almighty, ought to be efteemed a Prediction of the Refurrection of the Bodies of the Saints, and fignifying that those fame Bodies, which were dead and buried, fhould be raised to Life again.

It was revealed to him, that there was a Redeemer, and that this Redeemer will appear at the last Day.

And they fignify a Prediction, that every Saint at the Refurrection, fhould with their own Eyes behold the bleffed Saviour, and with their Souls and Bodies he admitted to the Enjoyment of God. And we may take Comfort in the Confideration of thefe Truths.

IV. It seems predicted that God will put the Soul of every true Believer at Death, into another Building for its Habitation, instead of its natural Body.

The Apostle Paul fays, We know that if the earthly Houfe of this Tabernacle were diffolved, (that is, dead,) we have a Building of God, an Houfe not made with Hands, eternal in the Heavens. 2 Cor.

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1. Here it may be observed, that the Body of a Man is called a Houfe, and it may be fo called, because it is the Habitation of the Soul, in which it dwelleth here till Death.

2. It is called our earthly House, and it may be fo called, because the Materials of it are earthy: Man, as to his Body being made of the Earth.

3. The Body of a Man is alfo called a Tabernacle; and very fitly, because as a Tabernacle, whofe Materials are flight, is foon taken down; fo the Body of a Man is eafily deftroyed, and taken down.

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4. That the Apostle fpeaketh of two Habitations appointed for the Souls of Believers to refide in, viz. the natural Body called the earthly Houfe, and another Building different from it; and to diftinguish it from the natural Body, the Apoftle calls it a Building of God; and he calls it an Houfe, as the Soul of a Believer is to have his Refidence in it after Death; and it is called an House not made with Hands, q. d. not made with the Hands of Men.

5. We may obferve, that the heavenly Building intended for the Habitation of the Soul, is called an House eternal in the Heavens: Our Bodies, thefe earthly Houses, have their Situation only on this Earth, till the Great and laft Day, [the Day of the general Refurrection ;] but our other Houfes, called the Building of God, have their Situation not on Earth, but in the Heavens.

We know that if the earthly Houfe of this Tabernacle were diffolved, (in Death,) we have a Building of God. The Words plainly imply, that God has made and provided another Houfe, into which the Soul will be removed as foon as the earthly Houfe of this Tabernacle is diffolved, and in which it will dwell not on Earth, but in the Heavens.

There is no Reason to think that this Building of God, (this House not made with Hands,) was intended for the Soul after the Resurrection, and not before; for at the Refurrection, the Soul is to be received again into its own natural and identical Body.

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