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live in the flesh, this is the fruit of read that which was spoken unto you my labor: yet what I shall choose I by God, saying, I am the God of wot not. For I am in a strait be- Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and twixt two, having a desire to depart the God of Jacob? (Ex. 3: 6.) and to be with Christ, which is far God is not the God of the dead, but better ; nevertheless, to abide in the of the living. And when the multiflesh is more needful for you. tude heard this, they were astonished
Rev. 6: 9. I saw under the al- | at his doctrine. tar the souls of thein that were slain LUKE 14: 14. Thou shalt be recfor the word of God, and ihe testi- ompensed at the resurrection of the mony which they held; and they just. cried with a loud voice, saying, How 20: 34. The children of this long, O Lord, holy and true, dost world marry and are given in marthou not judge and avenge our blood riage: but they which shall be acon them that dwell on the earth ? counted worthy to obtain that world, And white robes were given unto and the resurrection from the dead, every one of them, and it was said neither marry nor are given unto them, that they should rest yet riaye ; neither can they die any for a little season, till their fellow
more ; for they are equal unto the servants also, and their brethren that angels; and are the children of God, should be killed as they were, should being the children of the resurrecbe fulfilled.
tion. 5: 9. Thou wast slain and hast
24: 38. Why do thoughts arise redeemed us to God by thy blood. in your hearts ? Behold my hands
7: 14. These are they that have and my feet, that it is I, myself: come out of great tribulation, and handle me and see, for a spirit hath have washed their robes, and made not flesh and bones, as ye see me them white in the blood of the Lamb. | have. And when he had thus spok
en, he showed them his hands and his feet. And while they yet believed not, for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any
meat ? And they gave him a piece CHAPTER III.
of a broiled fish and of an honey
comb. And he took it and did eat RESURRECTION OF THE BODY. before them,
JOB 14: 14. If a man die, shall 1 John 20: 27. Then saith he to he live again?
Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, 19: 26. Though after my skin and behold my hands; and reach worms destroy this body, yet in my hither thy hand, and thrust it into any flesh shall I see God, whom I shall side; and be not faithless, but besee for myself, and mine eyes shall lieving. behold, and not another, though iny
MAT. 28: 2. And behold there reins be consumed within me. was a great earthquake, for the
Ps. 16: 9. My flesh shall rest in angel of the Lord descended from hope, for thou wilt not leave my heaven and came and rolled back soul in hell ; neither wilt thou suffer the stone from the door, and sat upon thy Holy One to see corruption. it. His countenance was like light
Dan. 12: 2. Many of them that ning, and his raiment white as snow. sleep in the dust of the earth shall And for fear of him the keepers did awake ; some to everlasting life, and shake and became as dead men. some to shame and everlasting con And the angel answered and said tempt.
unto the women, Fear not ye; for I Mat. 22: 29. Jesus answered know that ye seek Jesus which was and said unto them, Ye do err, not crucified. He is not here ; for he is knowing the scriptures, nor the pow- risen, as he said. Come, see the er of God. For in the resurrection place where the Lord lay. they neither marry, nor are given in John 5: 25. The hour is coming marriage, but are as the angels of and now is, when the dead shall God in heaven. But as touching the hear the voice of the Son of God, and resurrection of the dead, have ye not I they that hear shall live. – 28. The
hour is coming, in the which all that | ing for the adoption, to wit, the are in the graves shall hear his redemption of our body. For we voice, and come forth.
are saved by hope. But hope that Acts 4: 2. The Apostles taught is seen is not hope: for what a the people, and preached through man seeth, why doch he yet hope Christ the resurrection from the for? But if we hope for that we dead.
sec not, then do we with patience 23: 6. Of the hope of the resur wait for it. rection of the dead I am called in 1 Cor. 6: 14. God both raised up question.
the Lord Jesus, aud will also raise 24: 15. I have hope toward God, us up by his own power. that there shall be a resurrection of 15: 3. For I delivered unto you the dead, both of the just and un- first of all, that which I also rejust.
ceived, how that Christ died for our 26: 6. And now I stand, and am sins according to the scriptures ; judged for the hope of the promise and chat he was buried, and that he made of God unto our fathers: unto rose again the third day according which promise our twelve tribes, to the Scriptures: and that he was instantly serving God day and night, seen of Cephas, then of the twelve; hope to come. For which hope's after that, he was seen of above sake, king Agrippa, I am accused five hundred brethren at once; of of the Jews. Why should it be whom the greater part remain unto thought a thing incredible with you, this present, but some are fallen that God should raise the dead asleep. After that, he was seen of
- 22. Having therefore obtained Janies; then of all the Apostles. belp of God, I continue unto this And last of all he was seen of me · day, witnessing both to small and also, as of one born out of due great, saying none other things than time. – 12. Now if Christ be preachthose, which the prophets and Moses ed that he rose from the dead, how did say should come: that Christ say some among you that there is should suffer, and that he should be no resurrection of the dead? But the first that should rise from the if there be no resurrection of the dead, and should show light unto dead, then is Christ not risen and if the people, and to the Gentiles. Christ be not risen, then is our
Rom. 8: 11. If the Spirit of him preaching vain, and your faith is that raised up Jesus from the dead also vain. Yea, and we are found dwell in you, he that raised up Christ false witnesses of God; because we from the dead, shall also quicken have testified of God that he raised your mortal bodies by his Spirit that up Christ: whom he raised oot up, dwelleth in you. --- 18. For I reckon, it so be that the dead rise not. For that the sufferings of this present if the dead rise not, then is not time are not worthy to be compared Christ raised: and if Christ be not with the glory_which shall be re- raised, your faith is vain ; ye are vealed in us. For the earnest ex yet in your sins. Then they also pectation of the creature waiteth which are fallen asleep in Christ are for the manifestation of the sons of perished. If in this life only we God. For the creature was made have hope in Christ, we are of all subject to vanity, not willingly, but men most miserable. But now is by reason of himn who hath subject- Christ risen from the dead, and ed the same in hope ; because the become the first-fruits of then that creature itself also shall be delivered slept. For since by man from the bondage of corruption, death, by man came also the resinto the glorious liberty of the urrection of the dead. (For as in children of God. For we know Adam all die, even so in Christ that the whole creation groaneth, shall all be made.) and travaileth in pain together until
1 But every man in his own
order: Christ the first-fruits ; afterAnd not only they, but our ward they that are Christ's at his selves also, which have the first coming. – 29. Else what shall they fruits of the Spirit, even we our- do, which are baptized for the dead, selves groan within ourselves, wait- | if the dead rise not at all? why are
they then baptized for the dead? Now this I say, brethren, that flesh And why stand we in jeopardy and blood cannot inherit the king
I protest by your dom of God; neither doth corruprejoicing, which I have in Christ tion inherit incorruption. Behold, Jesus our Lord, I die daily. If I show you a mystery: We shall after the manner of men I have
not all sleep, but we shall all be fought with beasts at Ephesus, what changed, in a moment, in the twinkadvantageth it me, if ihe dead rise ling of an eye, at the last trump, not ? let us eat and drink; for to (for the trumpet shall sound, and morrow we die. Be not deceived. the dead shall be raised incorruptiEvil communications corrupt good ble, and we shall be changed.). For manners. Awake to righteousness, this corruptible must put on incorand sin not; for some have not the ruption, and this mortal must put on knowledge of God. I speak this to immortality. So when this corrup
tible shall have put on incorruption,
and this mortal shall have put on 1 But some man will say, How are immortality, then shall be brought the dead raised up ? and with what to pass the saying that is written, body do they come ? Thou fool !
Death is swallowed up iu victory. that which thou sowest is not quickened except it die: and that which O death, where is thy sting? 0 thou sowest, thou sowest not that grave, where is thy victory ? The body that shall be, but bare grain ; sting of death is sin ; and the it may chance of wheat or of some strength of sin is the law; but other grain: but God giveth it a thanks be to God, who giveth us body as it hath pleased him, and to the victory, through our Lord Jesus every seed his own body. All flesh Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethis not the same flesh ; but there is ren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, alone kind of flesh of men, another ways abounding in the work of the flesh of beasts, another of fishes, Lord, forasmuch as ye know that and another of birds. There are
your labor is not in vain in the also celestial bodies, and bodies ter Lord. restrial: but the glory of the celes 2 Cor. 4: 14. He that raised up tial is one, and the glory of the ter- | the Lord Jesus, shall raise up us restrial is another. There is one also, by Jesus, and shall present us glory of the sun, and another glory with you. of the moon, and another glory of 5: 1. If our earthly house of this the stars: for one star differeth from tabernacle were dissolved, we have another star in glory. So also is a building of God, a house not made the resurrection of the dead. It is with hands, eternal in the heavens. sown in corruption, it is raised in Rev. 20: 6. Blessed and holy is incorruption: it is sown in dishonor, he that hath part in the first resurit is raised in glory: it is sown in rection ; on such the second death weakness, it is raised in power: it shall have no power ; but they shall is sown a natural body, it is raised be priests of God and of Christ, and a spiritual body. There is a natural shall reign with him a thousand body, and there is a spiritual body. years. – 13. The sea gave up the And so it is written, The first man dead that were in it, and death and Adam was made a living soul, the hell delivered up the dead that were last Adam was made a quickening in them. Spirit. Howbeit, that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is 1 1 Thes. 4: 13. But I would not natural; and afterward that which have you to be ignorant, brethren, is spiritual. The first man is of concerning them which are asleep, the earth, earthy : the second man that ye sorrow not, even as others is the Lord from heaven. As is which have no hope. For if we the earthy, such are they also that believe that Jesus died and rose are earthy; and as is the heav- again, even so them also which sleep enly, such are they also that are in Jesus will God bring with him. heavenly. And as we have borne For this we say unto you by the the image of the earthy, we shall word of the Lord, that we which also bear the image of the heavenly. | are alive and remain unto
THE FACT DECLARED.-THE JUDGE.
- THE PERSONS JUDGED. THE RULE OF
coming of the Lord shall not pre- | lamps. And the foolish said unto vent them which are asleep. For the wise, Give us of your oil: for the Lord himself shall descend from our lamps are gone out. But the heaven with a shout, with the voice wise answered, saying, Not so ; lest of the archangel, and with the trump there be not enough for us and you: of God: and the dead in Christ but go ye rather to them that sell, shall rise first: then we which are and buy for yourselves. And while alive and remain shall be caught up they went to buy, the bridegroom together with them in the clouds, to came; and they that were ready, meet the Lord in the air: and so went in with him to the marriage:: shall we ever be with the Lord. and the door was shut. Afterward Wherefore, comfort one another came also the other virgins, saying, with these words.
Lord, Lord, open to us! But he Juhn 11: 23. Thy brother shall answered and said, Verily, I say rise again.
Martha saith unto him, unto you, I know you not. Watch, I know that he shall rise again in therefore, for ye know neither the the resurrection at the last day. day nor the hour wherein the Son Jesus saith unto her, I am the res of man cometh. urrection and the life.
For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and
delivered unto them his goods. And CHAPTER IV.
unto one he gave five talents, to
another two, and to another one; FINAL JUDGMENT.
to every man according to his several ability ; and straightway took his journey. Then he that had re
ceived the five talents went and JUDGMENT,
traded with the same, and made CHARGES, AND THE
them other five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he
also gained other two. But he that Ps. 50: 6. God is judge himself. received one went and digged in
Eccl. 3: 17. God shall judge the the earth, and hid his lord's money. righteous and the wicked.
After a long time the lord of those 11: 9. Rejoice, O young inan, in servants cometh, and reckoneth with thy youth, and let thy heart cheer them. And so he that had received thee in the days of thy youth, and five talents, came and brought other walk in the ways of thine heart, five talents, saying, Lord, thou deand in the sight of thine eyes ; but liveredst unto me five talents: beknow thou, that for all these things hold, I have gained besides them God will bring thee into judgment.
five talents more. His lord said 12 : 14. God will bring every unto him, Well done, thou good work into judgment, with every se and faithful servant; thou hast been cret thing, whether it be good, or faithful over a few things, I will whether it be evil.
make thee ruler over many things: Mat. 25: 1. Then shall the king- enter thou into the joy of thy lord. dom of heaven be likened unto ten He also that had received two talvirgins, which took their lamps and ents, came and said, Lord, thou went forth to meet the bridegroom. | deliveredst unto me two talents: beAnd five of them were wise, and hold, I have gained two other talents five were foolish. They that were besides them. His lord said unto foolish took their lamps, and took him, Well done, good and faithful no oil with them: but the wise took servant; thou hast been faithful oil in their vessels with their lamps. over a few things, I will make thee While the bridegroom tarried, they ruler over many things: enter thou all slumbered and slept. And_at into the joy of thy lord. Then he midnight there was a cry made, Be which had received the one talent hold the bridegroom cometh ; go ye came, and said, Lord, I knew thee, out to meet him! Then all those that thou art a hard man, reaping virgins arose, and trimmed their where thou hast not sown, and gath
ering where thou hast not strawed: me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye and I was afraid, and went and hid gave me no drink: I was a stranger, thy talent in the earth: lo, there and ye took me not in: naked, and thou hast that is thine. His lord | ye clothed me not : sick, and in answered and said unto him, Thou prison, and ye visited me not. Then wicked and slothful servant, thou shall they also answer him, saying, knewest that I reap where I sowed Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, not, and gather where I have not or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, strawed: thou oughtest therefore to or sick, or in prison, and did not have put my money to the exchang- minister unto thee? Then shall he ers, and then at my coming I should answer them, saying, Verily, I say have received mine own with usury. unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not Take therefore the talent from him, one of the least of these, ye and give it unto him which hath ten did it not to me. And these shall talents. For unto everyone that go away into everlasting punishhath shall be given, and he shall ment: but the righteous into life have abundance: but froin him that eternal. hath not, shall be taken away even Mat. 12 : 36. Every idle word that which he hath. And cast ye that men shall speak, they shall give the unprofitable servant into outer account thereof in the day of judgdarkness: there shall be weeping ment. and gnashing of teeth.
Rom. 14: 11. For we shall all
stand before the judgment seat of [ When the Son of man shall Christ. — 12. So then every one of come in his glory, and all the holy us shall give account of himself angels with him, then shall he sit unto God. upon the throne of his glory: and Heb. 13: 17. Ministers watch for before him shall be gathered all na- souls, as they that must give actions: and he shall separate them count. one from another, as a shepherd 1 Thess. 5: 2. The day of the divideth his sheep from the goats: | Lord so cometh as a thief in the and he shall set the sheep on his night. right hand, but the goats on the left. Acts 17: 30. God now
Then shall the King say unto mandeth all men every where to them on his right hand, Come, ye repent; because he bath appointed blessed of my Father, inherit the a day in which he will judge the kingdom prepared for you from the world in righteousness by Jesus foundation of the world: for I was Christ. an hungered, and ye gave me meat: 2 Thess. 2: 1. We beseech you, I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: brethren, by the coming of our Lord I was a stranger, and ye took me Jesus Christ, ... that ye be not soon in : naked, and ye clothed me: I shaken in inind. was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 11 Pet. 4: 7. The end of all Then shall the righteous answer things is at hand: be ye therefore him, saying, Lord, when saw we sober, and watch unto prayer. thee an hunyered, and fed thee? or 2 Pet. 3: 7. The heavens and thirsty, and gave thee drink? When the earth which are now, ... are kept saw we thee a stranger, and took in store reserved unto fire against thee in? or naked, and clothed the day of judgment and perdition thee? Or when saw we thee sick, of ungodly men. But, beloved, be or in prison, and came unto thee ? not ignorant of this one thing, that And the King shall answer and say one day is with the Lord as a thouunto them, Verily, I say unto you, sand years, and a thousand years Inasmuch as ye have done it unto as one day. — 10. But the day of one of the least of these my brethren, the Lord will come as a thief in the ye have done it unto me.
night, in the which the heavens Then shall he say also unto them shall pass away with a great noise, on the left hand, Depart from me, and the elements shall melt with ye cursed, into everlasting fire, pre- fervent heat: the earth also and the pared for the devil and his angels: works that are therein shall be burnt for I was an hungered, and ye gave up.