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he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.”
This text may be divied into two parts.
First part. Signifying him whose body is dead, by seeing corruption, that if he believe in the Spirit that rested on Jesus, that at the first resurrection, he will be as the angels. Second part.
He that liveth in his mortal body, though he be dead to knowledge, but believeth in the fulness of the Spirit that rested on the body of Jesus, and seeketh for the same till it rest on him, it will cause him to be born of God, and he will sin not, and changeth his blood to flesh, and bringeth him to be begotten of God; and he keepeth him that the wicked one toucheth him not, and their bodies will not die, but the Spirit of the last Adam will be the life of them.
And Paul says in 1st Corinthians, 15th chapter, 5lst and 52nd verses:---- We shall not all sleep. but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye."
And in 2nd Corinthians, 5th chapter, 2nd and 4th verses :---"Clothed upon with our house, which is from heaven: that mortality might be swallowd up of life.”
For the Spirit which raised the body of Jesus, will then dwell within them, and will raise their bodies to a likeness of his; and as his body saw not corruption, nor a bone of it broken, neither will the true Israel of God, which is the bones of the Bride, after they have received the change.
lor as he pronounced men to die in the first Adam, saying, “Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. And he turned not from his word; so when he comes and sits upon the throne of his glory, on this earth, they that are found with his works, he will pronounce life, and as it is
said in Revelation, 21st chapter, and 4th verse :--“There shall be no more death.” He will not repent of his declaration.
And Paul says in Romans, llth chapter, and 29th verse :---"The gifts and calling of God, are without repentance.
For he says to Balaam in Numbers, 23rd chapter, and 29th verse :---" God is not a man that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent. hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he not spoken, and will he not make it good ?
And he is calling unto man to receive his visitation, which he has now sent by his Spirit of truth, to lead them into all truth; and those that believe it, and ask for the fulness of his Spirit always to abide on them, he will give it unto them, without measure; and they will obey all his commands; and none of their former works, which are evil, will be brought to his remembrance, to them that forsake them
Therefore let them rejoice, in the hope of the glorious reward that is promised them, at the coming of the Lord, that their vile bodies will be made like his glorious body; and as said in the text, their bodies will never die.
But in order to obtain an heirship of these promises, man must obey the commands of God, that he may be blamless; for though the text says, he that liveth and believeth in me shall never die, yet it is not only believing; for it is said in James, 2nd chapter, 18th verse :---“ Yea, a man may say Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
20 Faith without works is dead.”
For he says in John, 14th chapter, and 12th verse :--.“ He that believeth in me, the works that I do, shall he do also."
And Paul says, in Ist Thessalonians, 5th chapter, and 23rd verse :---" And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly: and I pray God, your whole Spirit, soul, and body, be preserved blamless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."
Now, no man can be preserved blamless, in soul Spirit, and body, to be freed from the death of the body, unless he obey those things which free him from blame.
And Paul says, in 1st Corinthians, 3rd chapter, and 17th verse :---"If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy."
And the following are some of the things which man is commanded to do, that he may be blame. less.
Luke, 10th chapter, and 25th verse :---"And behold a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted Jesus, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? He said unto him, What is written in the law? How readest thou? and he answered and said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind, and thy neighbour as thyself. And he said unto him thou hast answered right: this do and thou shalt live."
Matthew, 22nd chapter, and 40th verse:--“On these two commandments, hang all the law and the Prophets."
From this it is evident that a man does not obey all the commandments in the law, he does not love God to gain this inheritance.
And it is written in Ist Thessalonians, 5th chapter, 16th and 22nd verses :---“Rejoice evermore, quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things: hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearence of evil,”
That is, he must rejoice because the kingdom of God is at hand, that the sorrows and woes of man
upon earth will have an end, and not quench the Spirit, which is come to testify of these things; nor despise the prophesyings which are given by the Spirit, which makes known unto man the events that are coming upon the earth, but prove them that ye may know that it is the Spirit of truth, which was promised should come; and hold fast his faith in the Spirit, and abstain from all things that it forbids, these things he must do that he may be preserved blameless, unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ; for that is the time that the bodies of those who are blameless, will be changed like unto his body; and as it is said in the text, their bodies will never die.
And as it is written in Isaiah, 13th chapter, and 12th verse :---“I will make a man more precious than fine gold."
And this is the likeness of those that live and believe on the Spirit of God, whose bodies will never die; as gold is tried seven times in the fire, so must their faith be tried, and proved; by the various laws and commands, which are recorded in the Scriptures, and which will be revealed by that Spirit which he said he would send, the dross is purged from them, that is, till they give up their own wisdom, and are brought to perfect or bedience, by the fulness of his Spirit overcoming for them, and are of the same mind and will as Christ.
And those that ask for the fulness of his Spirit always to abide on them, it will do those things for them; and they will be ready to enter into the joy of their Lord, as it is said in Luke, 19th chapter, and 17th verse:---" And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant; because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten
And they will rejoice as it is said in Isaiah, 35th
chapter, and 10th verse :---"And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs, and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrowing and sighing shall flee away.”
This is another prophecy concerning those whose bodies will never die; the ransomed of the Lord: that is, those who are ransomed from the first death, which was pronounced upon Adam at first, saying :---"Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou
Which is foretold by Isaiali, shall be at the coming of the Lord, to those that wait for him, that is the time when he will swallow up death in victory, to Israel, and wipe away tears from all faces, and take away the rebuke of his people, from off all the earth, see Isaiah, 25th chapter, 8, and 9th verses.
So it is not at the final resurrection, and the day of judgment, that this will take place,
but a thousand years before that day, wherein Satan and those that have died the second death, will be confined in the bottomless pit, as spoken of in 20th chapter of Revelation.
And then will man return to Paradise, with the tree of life dwelling within him; and those that receive this change, their bodies will live in the life that dwelleth in eternity, which is as said in Hebrews, 7th chapter, 3rd verse :---"
16. Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God.” As said in the text, they will never die.
But after the thousand years, the fig-tree and its branches, which is spoken of in Luke, 13th chapter, 6---9th verses, which are the aliens, which dwell in blood, which are spoken of in Isaiah, 6lst chapter, and 5th verse: they will again be tempted by the fallen angels; as Jesus was forty