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at one and the fame thing, namely, the lothsonness of the wicked, at the resurrection. They will be lothsome in the eyes of one another. The unclean wretches were neyer so lovely to each other, as then they will be lothloine: dear companions in lin will then be an abhorring, each one to his fellow: and the wicked, great and honourable mien, shall be no more regarded by their wicked subjects, their servants, their slaves; than the mire in the streets...

Use 1. Of comfort to the people of God. The do&rine of the resurrection is a spring of confolation and joy unto you. Think on it, I believers, when ye are in the houie of mourning, for the lo?s of your godly relations or friends, that ye forrow not, even as others, which have no hope; for ye, will meet again, Thefl. iv. 13, 14. They are bui lain down, to rest in their beds for a little while, (Il. lvii 2.) but in the inorning of the relurrection they will awake again, and come forth of their graves. The veffel of honour was bút coarse, it had much alloy of bale metel in it; it was too weak, too dim and inglorious, for i he upper boule, 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 falfrioned more gloriously. Do but wait a while, and you thall 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 Saviour's expofition, fecures 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 starure, as is generally supposed. Be not discouraged by reason of a weak and fickly budy; there is a day coming, when thot: halt be every whit whole. Ac the refurrection, Timothy shall be no more liable to his often infirmities; his body, that was weak and fickly, even in youth, Thall be raised in power : Lazarus shall be heal and found, his body being raised incorruptible. And although, perhaps, chy weakness will not allow thee, now, to go one furlong to meet 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 Thess. iv. 17. It will be with the fainits coming up from the grave, as with the Israelites, when they came out of Egypt, There was not one feeble person among their tribes. Halt thou an uncomely, or deformed body? There is a glory within, which will then fit all right without; according to all the detire of thive heart. It shall rise a glorious, beautiful, handsome, and well proportioned body. Its unicomeliness, or deformities may go with it to the grave, but they fhall not come back with it. O, that ihese, who are now so be beautiful and handsome, would not


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be too hafty to effect it with their foolish and finful arts; but wait and study 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 fhale 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 thither 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 solid comfort! O glorious hopes! Wherefore com. fort yourselves, and one mother with these words, i Theff. iv. 18.

USE II. Of terror to all unregenerate men. Ye who are yet in your natural face, look at this piece of the eternal state; and con. sider 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 trumpet shall sound, at the voice of which, the bars of the pit shall be broken afunder, the doors of the grave small fly open, the devour. ing depths of the sea shall throw up their dead, the earth caft forth hers; and death every where in the excess of astonishment, shall let go its prisoners; and thy wretched foul and body shall be re-united, to be filled before the tribunal of God. Then, if thou hadst a thou. sand worlds at thy disposal, thou wouldsgladly give them all away, upon condition thou mighteft ly fill in the grave, with the hund sedih part of that ease, where with thou hast fometimes lain at home, on the Lord's day: or (if that cannot be obtained that thou might eft be but a spectator of the transactions of that day; as thou hart been at some folemn 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 that perish! some will be telling where their corpse must be laid; while yet they have not seriously considered, whether their graves fhall be their beds, where they fhall 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 dust, (Job *X. 11:) Thall spring up again, sinful, wretched, and vile. Your bodies, which are now instruments of lin, the Lord will lay aside for L!


the fire, at death; and bring them forth for the fire, at the resurrection That body, which is not now enployed in God's service, but is abused by unclearness and lasciviousnels, will then be brought forth in all its vileness, thenceforth to lodge with unclean spirits, The body of the drunkird fall then stagger by reason of the wine of the wrath of God, poured out to hin, and poured into him, without mixture. These, who now please themfelves in their revellings, will reel to and fro at another rate; when, instead of their songs and musick, they shall hear the sound of the last trumpet. Many toil their bodies for worldly gain, who will be loth to di stress 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 dury, 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 teveral miles for back and 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 rest of whe week But when that trumpet founds, the dead shall find their feet, and none shall be miffing in that great congregation. When the bodies of the saints shine as the fun, fearful will the looks of their perfecutors be. Fearful will their condition be, who sometimes shut up the faints in nasty prisous, stigmatized, burned them to alhes, hanged them, and fuck 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 thickness. They fhall be no more admired and caressed for that beauty, which has a worm at the root, that will cause it to ifie in lothromness and deformnity. Ah! what is that beauty, under which there lurks a monftruous, deformed, and gracelets heart? What but a forry paint, a flight varnih; which will leave the body so much the more ugly, before thar fi aning - fire, in which the Judge Chall be revealed from keaven, taking vengeance on them that know not Cod, and that obey not the gospel, 2. Theff.1.7,8. They fhall be firipe of all their ornaments, and not have a rag to cover their nakedness; but their carcases fhiali be an abhorring to all fied, and serve as a foil to let off the beauty and glory of the righteous, and make it appear the brighter.

Now is she time to secure, for yourselves, a part in the resurrection of the just. The which if ye would do, unite with Jesus Chritt by faith, rising fpirituslly from sin, and glorifying God with your bodies. He is the refurrection and the life, John xi. 25. If your bodies be memlers of Christ, temples, of ihe Holy Ghoft; they thall certainly ar ft in glory. Get into this ark now, and ye shall runie forih with joy into the new world. Kise from your fins : caft away these grave.clothes, putting off your former lufts. How can one insgive, that ibele, who continue read while they live, foall come forih, at che lalt day, unto the resurrection of life? But that will be


the privilege of all those, who having first confecrated their fouls and bodies to the Lord by faith, do glorify him with their bodies, as well as their fouls; living and acting to him, and for him, yea, and fuffering for him too, when he calls them to it.

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MATTH. XXV. 31, 32, 33, 34, 41, 46. When the Son of Man fhall come in his Glory, and all

the holy Angels with him, then shall he fit upon the

Throne of his Glory : And before him shall be gathered all Nations, and he fall Jeparate them one from another, as a Shepherd divideth

his Sheep from the Goats : And he shall set the Sheep on his right Hand, but the

Goats on the left. Then shall the King Say unto them on his 'right Hand, Come ye ble led, &c.

Unto them on the left Hand, Depart from me ye cursed, &c. And these Mall go away into everlasting punishment: but

the Righteous into Life eternal. in

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HE dead being raised, and these found alive at the coming of

the Judge, changed, follows the General Judgment, plainly and awfully described in this portion of Scripture ; in which we shall take notice of the following particulars. (1.) The coming of the Judge, When the Son of man shall come in his glory, &c. The Judge is Jesus Christ, the Son of man; the fame, by whole alınighty power, as he is God, the dead will be raised. He is also called the King, ver. 34. The judging of the world being an act of the Royal Mediator's kingly office. He will come in glory; glorious in his own Person, and having a glorious retinue, even all the holy angels with him, to minister unto him at this great folemnity. (2.) The Judge's mounting the tribunal. He is a King, and therefore it is a throne, a glorious throne, shall fit spon the throne of his glory, ver. 31. (3.). The compearance of the parties. These are all nations; all and every one, small and great, of whatsoever nation, who ever were, are, or fhall be on the face of Thirdly, They shall be powerful and strong bodies. The strongest men on earth being frail and mortal, may juftly be reckoned weak and fecble: 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, shall be as David, and the house of David shall be as God." A grave divine fays, that one shall be {tronger at the refurrection, than an hundred, yea, than thonsands are now. Certainly great, and vastly great, mult 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 luth a state. Do transports of joy occafion death, as well as excellive grief uoes? And can it bear up under a weight of glory? Can it sublift 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 Scripture has plainly told us, that files and blood, (namely) in their present frail state, though it were the flesh and blood of a giant, cannot inherit the kingdom of God, Cor. xv. 50. How strong must the bodily eyes be, which, to the soul's eternal comfort, fhall behold the dazzling glory and splendor of the new farufulem; and ftedfastly 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 glory, which fine forth from it, Job xxvi 9. But then the vail shall be removed, and they made able to behold it, to their unspeakable joy. How sirong must their bodies be, who shall not rest night nor day; but be without intermislion for ever employed in the heavenly temple, to sing and proclaim the praises of God, without wearinets, which is a weakness incident to the frail mortal, but incompetent to the glorified body!

Loftly, They fhall he spiritual bodies. Not, that they shall be changed into /pirits; but they (hall be spiritual, in respect of their fpirit like qualities and endowments. The body shall be, abfolutely, subservient to the soul, subject to it, and influenced by it; and there. fore, no more a clog to its activity, 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 spiritual, readily serving the fout in the business of heaven; 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

rio inore, neither thirst any more, Rev, vii. 16. For in the refurti rećtien, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as " the angels of God in heaven. Then ihall the saints be strong


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