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Thirdly, They shall be powerful and strong bodies. The strongest men on earth being frail and mortal, may justly be reckoned weak and feeble: in regard their strength, howsoever great, is quickly worn out and consuned. Many of the saints now have bodies weaker than others; but “the feeble among them, (to allude to Zech. xii. 8.) at that day, fhall be as David, and the house of David Thall be as God." A grave divine says, that one shall be stronger at the resurrection, than an hundred, yea, than thousands are now. Certainly great, and vastly great, must the itrength of glorified bodies be, seeing they shall bear up under an exceding and eternal weight of glory. The mortal body is not at all adapteri to such a ftate. Do transports of joy occafion death, as well as exceilive grief uoes? And can it bear up under a weight of glory? Can it fublift in union with a soal filed with heaven's raptures? Surely no. The mortal body would sink under that load, and such a fill would make the earthen pitcher to fly all in pieces. The Scriprure has plainly told us, that flesh and blood, (namely) in their present frail state, though it were the flesh and blood of a ? giant, cannot inherit the kingdom of God, 1 Cor. xv. 50. muft the bodily eyes be, which, to the soul's eternal comfort, fhall behold the dazzling glory and splendor of the new frrufalem; and stedfastly look at the transcendent glory and brightness of the Man CHRIST, the Lamb, who is the light of that city, the inhabitants whereof shall shine as the sun! The Lord of heaven doth now, in mercy, “ hold back the face of his throne, and spreadeth his cloud
upon it;" that mortals may not be confounded with the rays of glory, which shine forth from it, Job xxvi 9. But then the vail fhall be removed, and they made able to behold it, to their unspeakable joy. How firong muft their bodies be, who shall not rest night nor day; bút be without intermislion for ever employed in the heavenly temple, to fing and proclaim the praises of God, without wearinels, which is a weakness incident to the frail mortal, but incompetent to the glorified body!
Laftly, They shall be Spiritual bodies. Not, that they shall be changed into spirits; but they thall be spiritual, in respect of their fpirit like qualities and endowments. The body shall be, absolutely, subservient to the soul, subject to it, and influenced by it; and therefore, no more a clog to its aciivity, nor the animal appetites a fnare to it. There will be no need to beat it down, nor to drag it to the service of God. The foul, in this life, is so much influenced by the body, that, in Scripture-style, it is said to be carnal: but then, the body shall be /piritual, readily serving the soul in the business of heaver; and in that only, as if it had no more relation of earth, than a fpirit. It will have no further need of the now necessary supports of life, namely, food and raiment, and the like : “ They shall hunger
no more, neither thirst any more, Rev, vii. 16. For in the relisti rećtien, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as " the angels of God in heaven..? Then fall the faints be strong
without meat or drink ; warm without cloaths ; ever in perfect health without medicine ; and ever fresh and vigorous, though they hall never sleep, but ferve him night and day in his temple, Rev. vii. 15. They will need none of these things, more than spirits do. They will be nimble and active as fpirits, and of a moft refined constitution. The body that is now lumpish and heavy, shall then be most sprightly. No such thing at melancholy shall be found to make the heart heavy, and the spirits flag and sink. “ Where the carcase is, there shall the << saints, as so many eagles, be gathered together.” I shall not further dip into this inatter : The day will declare it.
As to the qualities of the bodies of the wicked, at the resurrection, I find the Scripture speaks but little of them. Whatever they may need, they shall not get a drop of water to cool their tongues, Luke xvi. 24, 25.
Whatever may be faid of their weakness, it is certain they will be continued for ever in life; that they may be ever dying: they shall bear up, howsoever unwillingly, under the load of God's wrath, and shall not faint away under it. " The smoak of their torment ascendeth
for ever and ever. And they have no reit “ day nor night.” Surely they shall not partake of the glory and beauty of the saints. All their glory dies with them, and shall never rise again. Daniel tells us, they shall awake to shame, and everlasting contempt, chap. xii. 2. Shune follows sin, as the shadow followeth the body, but the wicked in this world walk in the dark, and often under a difguise: nevertheless, when the Judge comes in flaining fire, at the last day, they will be brought to the light; their mask will be taken off, and the shame of their nakedness will clearly appear to themselves and others, and fill their faces with confusion: Their shame will be too deep for blushes: but “ all faces shall gather blacknefs,” at that day, when they shall go forth of their graves, as malefactors out of their prisons to execution ; for their resurrection is the resurrection of damnation. The greatest beauties, who now pride themselves in their comeliness of body, not regarding their deformed fouls, will then appear with ghastly countenances, a grim and deathlike visage. Their looks will be frightful, and they will be horrible spectacles, coming forth of their graves like infernal furies out of the pit. They fhall rise also to everlasting contempt. They shall then be the most contemptible creatures, filled with contempt from God, as vessels of dishonour: whatever honourable uses they have been em, ployed to, in this world; and filled also with contempt from men, They will be most despicable in the eyes of the saints, even of those saints, who gave them honour here; either for their high station, the gifts of God in them, or because they were of the same human nature with themselves. But then shall.their bodies be as so many lothsome carcases, which “ they shall go forth and look upon with “ abhorrence: yea, they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh," Isa.
The word here rendered an abharring, is the same which vi the other text is rendered contempt; and Ifaiah and Daniel point
at one and the same thing, namely, the lothlonnets of the wicked, at the resurrection. They will be loth fome in the eyes of one another. The unclean wretches were never lo lovely to each other, as then they will be lothlone: dear companions in lin will then be an abhorring, each one to his fellow: and the wicked, great and honourable maen, fhall be no more regarded by their wicked subjects, their servants, their slaves; than the mire in the streets.
Use I. Of comfort to the people of God. The doctrine of the resurrection is a fpring of confolation and joy unto you. Think on it, I believers, when ye are in the houie of mourning, for the lofs of your godly relations or friends, that ye forrow not, even as others, which have no hope; for ye will meet again, I Thes. iv. 13, 14. They are bui lain down, to rest in their beds for a little while, (Il. Ivii 2.) but in the morning of the relurrection they will awaké again, and come forth of their graves. The veff-l of honour was bút coarse, it had much alloy of bale metel in is; it was too weak, too dim and ing'orious, for ihe upper bouse, whatever lustre it had in the low:r one. It was crackt, it was polluted; and therefore it behoved to be melied down that it may be refised and fashioned more gloriously. Do but wait a while, and you shall lee it come forth out of the furnace of earth, vying with the stars in brightness; nay, as the sun when he goeth forth in his might. Have you laid your infant children in the grave? You will see them again. Your God calls himself the God of your feed; which, according to our Savious's exposition, secures the glorious resurrection of the body. Wherefore let the covenant you embraced, for yourself, and your babes * now in the dust, comfort your hearts, in the joyful expectation, that, by virtue thereof, they shall be raised up in glory; and that, as being no more infants of days, but brought to a full and perfect farure, as is generally suppoled. Be not discouraged by reason of a weak and fickly budy; there is a day coming, when thot: Malt be every whit whole. Ac the resurrection, Timothy shall be no more liable to his often infirmities; his body, that was weak and fickly, even in youth, shall be raised in power : Lazarus shall be heal and found, his body being raised incorruptible. And althoagh, perhaps, thy weakness will not allow thee, now, to go one furlong to niees the Lord in publick ordinances; yet the day cometh, when thy body shall be no more a clog to thee, but ihou shalt meet the Lord in the air, 1 Thes. iv. 17. It will be with the faints coming up
from the grave, as with the Israelites, when they came out of Egypt, Pfal.cv.37 There was not one feeble person among their tribes. Halt thou an uncomely, or deformed body? There is a glory within, which will then set all right without ; according to all the desire of thire heart It shall rise a glorious, beautiful, handsome, and well proportioned body. Its unicomeliness, or deformities inay go with it to the grave, but they shall not come back with it. O, that these, who are now lo desirous.co be beautiful and handfome, would not
be tco bafty to effect it with their foolith and finful arts; but wait and Audy the heavenly art of beautifying the body, by endeavour. ing now to become all glorious within, with the graces of God's Spirit! this would at length make them admirable and everlasting beauties. Thou must indeed, O believer, grapple with death, and Inalt
get the first fall: but thou shalt rise again, and come off victorious at last. Thou must go down to the grave, but though it be thy long home, it will not be thine everlasting home. Thou wilt not hear the voice of thy friends there, but thou shalt hear the voice of Christ there. Thou mayest be carried chither with mourn, ing, but thou shalt come up from it rejoicing, Thy friends indeed will leave thee there, but thy God will not. What God said to Jacob concerning his going down to Egypt, (Gen. xlvi. 3, 4) he says to thee, anent thy going down to the grave, “Fear not to go * down. I will go down with thee and I will surely bring thee
up.again.” O lolid comfort! O glorious hopes! Wherefore comfort yourselves, and one mother with these words, 1 Theff
. iv. 18. USE II. Of terror to all unregenerate men. Yę who are yet in your natural state, look at this piece of the eternal state; and conlider what will be your part in it, if ye be not in time brought into the state of grace. Think, O finner, on that day, when the trumper Mall sound, at the voice of which, the bars of the pit shall be broken asunder, the doors of the grave mall fly open, the devour. ing depths of the sea shall throw up their dead, the earth cast forth hers; and death every where in the excess of astonishment, shall let go its prisoners; and thy wretched soul and body shall be re-united, to be filled before the tribunal of God. Then, if thou hadít a thoufand worlds at thy disposal, thou wouldltigladly give them all away, upon condition thou mightest ly fill in the grave, with the hund. redth part of that ease, where with thou halt fometimes lain at home, on the Lord's day: 'or (if that cannot be obtained) that thou might. elt be but a spectator of the transactions of that day ; as thou halt been at some solemn occasions, and rich gospel feasts: or (if even that is not to be purchased) that a mountain or a rock might fall on thee, and cover thee from the face of the Lamb. Ah! how are men bewitched, thus to trifle away the precious time of life, in (almost) as little concern about death, as if they were like the beasts chat perish! some will be telling where their corpse must be laid; while yet they have not seriously confidered, whether their graves shall be their beds, where they fall awake with joy in the morning of the resurrection; or their prisons, out of which they shall be brought to receive the fearful sentence. Remember, now is your feed-time; and as ye fow, ye fhall reap. God's feed-time begins at death; and at the resurrection, the bodies of the wicked, that were fown full of sins, that ly down with them in the dult, (Job, ** 11.) shall spring up again, sinful, wretched, and vile. Your bodies, which are now instruments of sin, the Lord will lay aside for L!
the fire, at death; and bring them forth for the fire, at the refus. rection' That body, which is not now enployed in God's service but is abused by uncleanness and lascivioufacts, will then be brought forih in all its vileness, thenceforth to lodge with unclean spirits, The body of the drunkird Mall then stagger by reason of the wine of the wrath of God, poured out to him, and poured into him, wiibouç mixture. There, who now please themselves in their revellings, will reel to and fro at another rate; when, instead of their songs and musicky, they shall hear ihe sound of the last trumpet. Many toil their bodies for worldly gain, who will be loth to diftress them for the benefit of their souls; by labour, unreasonably hard, they will quite disfit them for the service of God; and, when they have done, will reckon it a very good reason for shifting duty, that they are already tired out with other business: but the day comethi, when they will be made to abide a yet greater stress. They will go feveral miles for back anal belley, who will not go
half the way for the good of their immortal souls; they will be fickly and unable on the Lord's day, who will be tolerably well all the relt of the week But when that trumpet sounds, the dead Shall find their feet, and none shall be missing in that great congregation. When the bodies of the saints shine as the suis, fearful will the looks of their perfecutors be. Fearful will their condition be, who sometimes shut up the saints in nasty prisons, stigmatized, burned them to alhes, hanged them, and fluck up their heads and hands in publick places, to fright others from the ways of righteousness, which they fuf. fered for. Many faces now fair, will then gather Ackness. They shall be no more admired and caressed for that beauty, which has a worm ac cbe root, that will cause it to iffle in lothromness and deformity. Ah! what is that beauty, under which there lurks a monftruous, deformed, and gracelets heart? What but a sorry paint, a flight varnish; which will leave the body so much the more ugly, before that fiaming-fire, in which the Judge Mall be revealed from heaven, saking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gppel, 2 Theff.1.7,8. They thail be firipe of all their ornaments, and not have a rag to cover their nakedness; but their carcases thali be an abhorring to all feli, and serve as a foil to set off the beauty and glory of the rigliteous, and make it appear the brighter.
Now is the time to secure, for yourselves, a part in the resurrection of the just. The which if ye would do, unite with Jesus Chrift by fajin, rising spirituzily from fin, and glorifying God with your bodies. He is the refurrection and the life, John xi. 25. If your bodies be memlters of Christ, teinples, of the Holy Ghost; they Mall certainly arfe in glory. Get into this ark now, and ye shall rume forth with joy into the new world. Kife from your fins: cast away these grave.clothes, putting off your former lufts. How can one ingine, that ibele, who continue read while they live, Mall come forth, at the last day, unto the resurrection of life? But that will be