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21. For since by man came death, by man came also the refurre&tion of the dead. 22. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 23. But every man in his own order : Christ the first-fruits, afterward they that are Chrifts, at his coming. 24. Then cometh the end, when fie shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule,and all authority, and power. 25. For he must reign f till he hath

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all enemies under his feet. 26. The & last enemy that shall be de. stroyed is death. 27. For he h hath put all things under his feet. But when he faith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted which did put all things under him. 28. And i when all things shall be fubdued unto him, then fall the k Son also himself be subject unto him that put (call things under him, that God may be all in all. 29. Else

what on Rom. 5.12, 11). He will swallow up Death in Vi. d + Joh. 11. 25. Jesus said unto Story: Hof 13.14. - Death, her, I am the Resurrection, and the I will be thy Plagues; O Grave, Life: he that believeth in me, I will be thy destruction.

Luk. though he were dead, yet shall he 5 20.36. Neither can they die any live.

more; for they are equal to the 23. eti Thef. 4. 15, 16, 17; Angels, and are the Children of This we say unto you by the Word God, being Children of the Reof the Lord, that we which are aa Surrection. ; 2 Tim. 1. 10. -Who Jive, and remain unto the Coming 10 hath abolished Death, and hath of the Lord, shall not prevent them brought Life and Immortality to which are asleep. For the Lord light through the Gospel. Heb. himself shall descend from Heaven 2. 14. —He also himself likewise with a Shout, with the Voice of took part of the fame (Flesh and the Archangel, and with the 15 Blood] that through Death, he might Trump of God: and the dead in destroy him that had the Power of Christ shall rise first ; Then we which Death, that is the Devil. † Rev. are alive and remain, shall be 20. 14. Death and Hell were cast in. caught up together with them in to the Lake of Fire.

to meet the Lord in 20 4. - There fhall be the Air. -- | Ver. 20.

Death. 25.1: Eph. 1. 22. And hath 27.

h † Pfal. 8.6. Heb. 2. 8. put all things under his Feet, and See on Mar. 11. 27. and Mar, gave him to be the Head over all 28, 18. things to the Church. Pfal. 110.25

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II. 3. 26. Ver. 54, 55. Ifa. 25. 8. ed to the Jews by the Ofering the First fruits

, of which they were a Pledge and Earnert ; fo Chrift our Head, being risen from the Dead, his - Resurrection is a certain Pledge and Earnefl to us his Members, of our Rea Jarretition as the Time appointed by God for it.

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what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then (1) baptized for the dead? 30. And why stand we in jeopardie every hour? 31. I protest by * your [Some read, our] m rejoicing which I have ir Christ Jesus our Lord, In die daily. 32. If* after the manner of men [Or, to speak after the manner of men] ° I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not ? p let us eat and drink, for to morrow we die. 33. Be not a deceived: Evil communications corrupt good manners. 34. " Awake to righteousness, and sin not ; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.

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30. 2 Cor. 11. 26. In journey. joy and gladness, slaying Oxen, ing often, in Perils of Warers, in and killing Sheep, eating Flesh, Perils of Robbers, in Perils by mine and drinking Wine ; let us eat and own Country-men, cc. Gal. 5. drink, for to 'morrow we die. + Ifa. 11. - If I yet preach Circumcific 5 56.12. Come ye, say they, I will on, why do I yet suffer Perfecus, ferch Wine, and we will fill our tion?

selves with strong drink, and to 31. m f 1 Thef. 2. 19. See on morrow Mhall be as this Day, and

much more abundant. f Wisd. 2. nţ 1 Cor. 4.9. + 2 Cor. 4:10,10 6. Come on therefore, let us erjiya 11. See on Rom. 8.

the good things that are present : 32.° + 2 Cor. 1. 8.. We would let us fpeedily use the Creatures not, Brethren, have you ignorant like as in Youth. of our Trouble which came to us in

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4 See on Mat. 24.4. Asia, that we were pressed out of 15 34. " t Eph. 5. 14. See on Rom. Measure above Strength, insomuch

13. II. that we del paired even of Life. s t i Cor. 6. 5. I speak to your

+ P + lfa. 22. 12, 13. In that Mame, Is it so, that there is not a Day did the Lord God of Hosts wise Man among you ?call to weeping.- And behold, 20

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(1) Interpreters have been very much puzzled about the Meaning of thefe Words To recount their leveral Opinions, would be tedious and fruitless ; I will therefore only mention two Senses which seem to me the molt probable. Why are they then baptized for the Dead? That is, for their d'ad Bodies, or into the Belief of the Resurrection of the Dead, and the Hope that they shall live again? For if there be an End of Men when they die, as there is, if there be no Refurre&tion, Baptifm must be a fruitless and insignificant Ceremony. Or,

Secondly, Why are they then Baptized for the Dead, that is, for Chrift, who, if there be no Resurrection, remains still dead. We who believe that Jesus Christ is risen, may well be baptized in his Name; but why should they who believe him still under the Power of Death? For Baptism can be of no use to them, nor can they have any Motive to be faith. ful to him. But Chrift being risen from the Dead, Baptism is highly useful, and we may thence conclude a general Resurrection.

man will say, "How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? 35. Thou fool, a that which thou fowest is not quickned except it die. 37. And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that fhall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain. 38. But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body. 39. All flesh is not the same Hesh : but there is one kind of flesh of inen, another fleth of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. 40. There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. 41. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars ; for one star differeth from another star in glory. 42. ° So alfo is the resurre&tion of the dead. It is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption: 43. It is sown in a dishonour, it is raised in glory : it is fown in weaknefs, it is raised in power : 44. It is sowii a natural body, it is railed a spiritual body: There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 45. And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul, the f laft' Adam was made a ? quickning spirit. 46. How beit, that was not first which was fpiritual; but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. 47. The first man is of the earth, b earthy : the second

inan 35.97 Ezek. 37. 3. He said un: may be fashioned 'like unto his to me, Son of Man, Can these Bones glorious Body, according to the live? And I answered, 0, Lord working whereby he is able to God, thou knowest. Mat. 22. 29.

fubdue all things to himfelf. -Ye do err, not knowing the Scri- s 45. e't Gen. 2. 7. The 'Lord ptures, nor the Power of God. God formed Man of the Dust of

36.* † Joh. 12. 24. Verily veri the Ground, and breathed into his ly I say unto you, Except a Corn of Nostrils the Breath of Life ; and Wheat fall into the Ground, and Man became a living Soul. die, it abiderh alone: but if it die, 10

f † Rom. 5.14. -Who i Adam it bringeth forth much Fruit. is the Figure of him that was

41. Gen. 1. 16. God made two to come. great Lights ; the greater Light to 3 Col. 3. 4. Wlien Christ who rule the Day, and the lefser Light is our Life Mall appear, then tham to rule the Night : he made the 15 .ye also appear with him in Glory. Stars also.

Phil. 3. 21. The Words under 42.cf Dan. 12. 3. See on Mat. 13.43.

Gen. 2.7. The Words 43. do: Phil. 3. 20, 21, Our Con. under Ver 45. Gen. 3. 19. -Out verfation is in Heaven, from 20 of it (the Ground) waft thou taken: whence also we look for the Savi. for Duft thou art, and unto Duf our, the Lord Jefus Chrift: who fhalt thou return. Ihall change our vile Body, that it

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man is the i Lord from heaven. 48. * As is the earthy such are they also that are earthy : and as is the heavenly * such are they also that are heavenly. 49. And n as we have born the image of the earthy, we fhall also bear the image of the heavenly. 50. Now this I say, brethren, that

flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nei ther doth corruption inherit incorruption. 51. Behold, I shew you a (1) mystery ; ? We shall riot all sleep, 9 but we

shall if Joh. 3. 13, 31. No Man born, not of Blood, nor of the Wil hath afcended up to Heaven, but of the Flesh, nor of the Will of Man he that came down from Heaven, e but of God. t Joh. 3. 3,5. –Veri ven the Son of Man which is in ly verily I say unto thee, Except a Heaven. He thar cometh from a- 5 Man be born again, he cannot fu bove, is above all: he that is of the Kingdom of God. Except the Earth, is earthly, and (peaketh Man be born of Water, and of the of the Earth.

Spirit, he cannot enter into the 48. * Joh. 3. 6. That which is Kingdom of God.

1 Cor. 6. 13 born of the Fleth, is Flesh; and 10 Mcats for the Belly, and the Bells that which is born of the Spirit, : for Meats: but God shall deftre is spirit.

both it and them. Spirit phil. ž: 21. The Words

2. Cor. s. Phil. 3. 21. The Words We know, that if our eart bly Hou under Ver. 43.

of this Tabernacle were dissolved, w 49. Gen. s. 3. Adam- be-15 have a Building of God, an Hon gata Son in his own Likeness, after not made with Hands, eternal bis Image

the Heavens. no t 2 Cor. 3: 18. | 2 Cor. 4.

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(1) A Christian My&ery is something which relates to another Life which it was impossible for us to know without divine Revelation; an now that it is revealed, we know it but in Part, and cannot fully com prehend it. Or shorter, It is a divine Truth revealed to us in part. For Instance, this of our being changed at the last Day into the Likeness of Christ It is a Truth relating to another Life, which could never have entre into our Heads to think of, unless it had been revealed to us from Hea ven. And now that it is revealed to us that we shall be like him, yet wi know nothing of the manner of it, wherein this Likeness will consift.

So that in a Christian Mystery there is something that we do underft and and something that we are wholly ignorant of ; and it is called a Mystery in refpect of both there.

First, It is called a Mystery in respect of what we do know of it; because it was a thing so hidden from us, that it was impoffible to difcover it by those Powers of Knowledge we are now endued with. As we could never have known from Reaton, that good Christians should be changed into the Likeness of Christ. Now it is this Part of the Mystery which makes it an Article of Faith, and obligatory upon our Coniciences to believe it

. Because we understand well what it is for a Body ço be raised, and altered for the better, and we know perfectly what it is for One thing to be change ed into the Likeness of anctasi,

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Secondly, It is called a Mystery in respe&t of that part of it which as yet we have no Notion of; because 'tis utterly impossible for us in this Life to attain to any knowledge of it by Reason allifted with the greatest Degree of Revelation that is afforded us. And thus it is impoffible for us in this Life to have any Notion of the manner of that Change into the Likeness of Christ : for it is exprefly faid, That it doth not yet appear what we shall be. From whence I shall infer only thus much at present, that what we do know, and what is yet concealed from us, are in gross called the same Mystery. And that as we are obliged to believe what is revealed of it, so likewife we are at the fame time obliged, from express Words of Scripture, to believe that there is more in it than we are now able to comprehend. Nay, that there is something in it which we have no Notion or Idea at all of.

This is the Notion of a Mystery in the Sense of Scripture ; and there. fore now we see the Question is not, whether a Man can believe what' ke' knows nothing of, which no Man in his Wirs ever yet affirm'd - But the Question is,

Whether there be noc fome things in the Gospel, concerning which we are bound to believe, that there is much more in them than we are now able to comprehend ?

This Account of the Nature of a Mystery, is applicable to the Trinity, the Ecernal Generation of the Son, the Procesion of the Holy Ghost, the Union of the divine and humane Nature, the Operations of the holy Spirit in the Act of Grace, &c. Dr. Browne, Lord Bishop of Cork in free land, his Letter against Toland's Christianity not Mysterious, &c. the 34 Edition, pag, 11, &c.

I will add another Passage of the same Author's, pag. 51. wherein' he takes nptice of the mistaken Zeal of thofe Men, who have set themfelves to defend the Mysteries of Christianity, by bringing them down to the Level.of.a Man and endeavouring by thin Spun Notions, to solve the greateft Difficulties in them upon the Principles of Reason. There, fays he, are rafh and inconfiderate Attempts; and when all is done, their failing in what they aim at, is the best Defence of our Christian Mysteries. If we had not a determinate Sense for the Words wherein they are revealed, they could be no Articles of Faith. And if they could be fully folved and explain'd, they would cease to be Mysteries. This hath given the Enemies of our Religion a great Advantage; for when, they find they are not to be throughly accounted for (as indeed they are ncc) upon the Strength of Reason, together with the Affiftance of that Degree of Revelation we now have, they utterly reject them as inconsia flere with those Powers of Knowledge which God hath given us. Never distinguishing between that part of a Mifery, which we understand clearly and diftin&ly, and will admit of the stricteft Enquiry of the morofeft Reasoner; and the Substance of the Tbing fignified by it, whereof we have no idea at all; and therefore nothing casa be more abfurd than to raise any Disputes about it.

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