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without meat or drink; warm without cloaths ; ever in perfect health without medicine ; and ever fresh and vigorous, though they shall 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 spirits, and of a most refined constitution. The body that is now lumpilh 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 fink. :- Where the carcase is, there shall the « faints, as fo mariy eagles, be gathered together.” I shall not further dip into this matter : 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. 66 The smoak of their 66. torment ascendeth up for ever and ever. And they have no rest « 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. Shume 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 ihall go forth of their graves, as male
, factors 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 souls, will chen appear with ghastly countenances, a grim and death- like 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 shall 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 inen. 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 fo many lothfome carcases, which they shall go forth and look upon with 6 abhorrence: yea, they shall be an abhorring unto all felh,” Ilz
The word here rendered an abhorring, is the same w in the other text is rendered euntempt; and Isaiah and Daniel
at one and the same thing, namely, the lothlonnes of the wicked, at the resurrection. They will be lothfome in the eyes of one another. The unclean wretches were never so lovely to each other, as then they will be lothfoire: dear companions in lin will then be an abhor. ring, each one to his fellow: and the wicked, great and honourable mien, fhall 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 doctrine 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 godiy relations or friends, that ye forrow not, even as pthers, which have no hope; for ye, will meet again, 1 Thes. iv. 13, 14. They are bui lain down, to rest in their beds for a little while, (Ifi. Ivii 2.) but in the morning of the relurrection they will awake again, and come forth of their graves. The velf-l of honour was bút coarse, it had much alloy of bale merel in it; it was too weak, to'o dim and inglorious, fur ibe upper bouse, whatever lustre it had in the low:r one. It was crackt, it was, polluted; and therefore it behoved to be melted down that it may be refised and fapioned more gloriously. Do but wait a while, and you shall lee it come forth out of the furnace of earth, vying with the ítars in brightness; nay, as the fun 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 exposition, 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 hall be raised up in glory; and that, as being no more infants of days, but brought to a full and perfect fialure, as is generally fuppofed. Be not discouraged by reafon of a weak and fickly budy; there is a day coming, when thot: halt be every whit whole. At 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 beal and sound, his body being raised incorruptible. And although, perhaps, thy weakness will not allow thee, now, to go one furlong to nees 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, í Theff. iv. 17. It will be with the fainits coming up from the grave, as with the Israelites, when they came out of Egypt, Pfal.cv.37 There was not one feeble perfon among their tribes. Halt thou an uncomely, or deformed, body? There is a glory within, which will then sec all right without ; according to all the detire of thine 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 so defirous.co be beautiful and handfome, would not
be too hasty to effect it with their foolish and sinful arts; but wait and Rudy 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, I believer, grapple with death, and
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 folid 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. Ye who are yet in your natural state, look at this piece of che eternal state; and con. lider 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 fall fly open, the devour. ing depths of the sea fhall 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 soul and body shall be re-united, to be listed before the tribunal of God. Then, if thou hadít a thoufand worlds at thy difpofal, thou wouldit gladly give them all away, upon condition thou mightest ly fill in thy 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 mighteft be but a spectator of the transactions of that day; as thou halt been at fome folemn occasions, and rich gospel fealts: 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, ia (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 Mall 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 sow, ye shall reap. God's seed-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 *X. 11.) Iall spring up again, sinful, wretched, and vile. Your bodies, which are now instruments of sin, the Lord will lay aside for
" Why hast thou shaken me out, while I lay still, and was at rest? 6 Cursed Soul wherefore didst thou not abide in thy place, wrapt up “ in flames of fire? Wherefore art thou come back to take me allo “ down to the bars of the pit? Thou madft me an instrument of
unrighteousness; and now I must be thrown into the fire. This
tongue was by thee einployed in mocking at religion, cursing, swear“ ing, lying, backbiting, and boasting; and with held from glorifying « God: and now it must not have so much as a drop of water to
cool it in the flames. Thou didst withdraw mine ears from hear. ing the fermons which gave warming of this day. Thou foundest
ways and means to stop them from attending to seasonable exhor“ tations, admonitions and reproofs. But why didst thou not stop “ them from hearing the sound of this dreadful trumpet? Why doit “ thou not now rove and fly away on the wings of imagination, “ thereby, as it were, transporting me during these frightful tranf“ actions, as thou was wont to do, when I was set down at fermons, “ communions, prayers, and godly conferences: that I might now " have as little sense of the one, as I formerly had of the other? But “ah! I must burn for ever, for thy love to thy lusts, thy profanity, • thy sensuality, thy unbelief and hypocrisy."
But may not the soul answer? “Wretched and vile carcase, am I
now driven back into thee! O that thou hadit lain for ever rotting “ in thy grave! Had I not torment enough before? Must I be knit " to thee again, that being joined together as two dry,sticks for the “ fire, the wrath of God may the more keenly burn us up? It was by
caring for you, I lost myself. It was your back and your belly, , ” and the gratifying of your senses, which ruineil me. How often “ was I ensnared by your ears? How often betrayed by your eyes? " It was to spare you, that I neglected opportunities of making peace “ with God, loitered away fabbaths, lived in the neglect of prayer,
went to the house of mirth, rather than to the house of mourning; " and that I chused to deny Chrift, and for fake his cause and intereits " in the world; and so am fallen a sacrifice to your cursed ease. " When at any time my conscience began to awake, and I was fett. 4. ing myself to think of my sins, and the misery I have fel: since we “ parted, and now feel; it was you that diverted me from these “ thoughts, and drew me off to make provision for thee, O wretched « flesh By your filken cords of fleshly lusts I was drawn to destruc“ tion, over the belly of my light and conscience: but now they are “ turned into iron chains, with which I am to be held under wrath “ for evermore Ah! wretched profits! ah! cursed pleasures! for " which I muit ly for ever in urter, darkness.” But no complaints will then avail O that men were wife, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!
As to the qualities with which the bodies of the saints shall be endowed at the resurrection: the Apostle tells us, they shall be raised incorruptible, glorious, powerful, and spiritual, 1 Cor. xv. 42;43, 44.
« It is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. It is Cown in “ dishonour, it is raised in glory. It is fown in weakness, it is raised
in power. It is fown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body."
First, The bodies of the saints shall be raised incorruptible. They are now, as the belies of others, a very mass of corruption, full of the feeds of diseases and death; and when dead, become so nauseous, even to their dearest friends, that they must be buried out of their fight, in a grave, there to rot and be confined: yea lothrome fores and diseases make some of them very unsightly, even while alive. But at the resurrection they leave all the seeds of corruption behind them, in the grave; and rise incorruptible, incapable of the least in. difpofition, fickness, or fort; and much more of dying. External violences and inward causes of pain shall for ever cease : they fhall feel it no more: yea, they shall have an everlasting youth and vigour; being no more subject to the decays which age produced in this life.
Secondly, They thall be glorious bodies; not only beautiful, comely, and well proportioned, but full of lplendor and brightness. The most beautiful face, and best proportioned body that now appears in the world is not to be named in comparison with the body of the meanest faint at the resurrection; for then fall the righteous shine forth as the fun, Matth. xiii. 43. If there was a dazzling glory on Mofis's face, when he came down from the mount; and if Stephen's face was as it had been the face of an angel, when he flood before the council, how much more Ahall the faces
of the saints be beautified and glorious, full of fweet agreeable majesty, when they have put off all corruption, and shine as the sun. But observe, this beauty of the faints is not restricted to their faces, but diffuses itself through their whole bodies: for the whole body is raised in glory, and shall be falhioned like unto their Lord and Saviour's glorious body: in whose transfiguration not only did his face.Shine as the fun, but also his raiment was white as the light, Matth. xvii. 2. Whatever defects or deformities the bodies of the saints had, when laid in the
grave, occasioned by accidents in life, or arising from secret causes of their formation in the womb, they shall rise out of the grave free of all these. But suppose the marks of the Lord Jesus, the scars or prints of the wounds and bruises some of the faints received while on earth, for his sake, should remain in their bodies after the resurrection; likeas the print of the nails remained in the Lord Jesus's body, after his resurrection; these marks will rather be, badges of distinction, and add to their glory, than detract from their beauty. But howsoever that be, furely Isaac's eyes shall not then be dim. nor will Jacob halt; Leah shall not be tender. eyed, nor Mephibosheth lame of his legs. For as the goldsmith melts down the old crazy vessel, and cafts it over again into a new mold, bringing it forth with a new lustre; so thall the vile body which lay diffolved in the grave, come forth at the resurrection in perfect beauty and comely proportion.