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be made publick to the whole World, and transmitted to all succeeding Gene, rations; ushering it in with this earnest and passionate Wish, O that my Words •were now written I O that they were printed in a Book! T'hat they were graven with an Iron Ten and Lead in the Rock for ever! For I know that my Redeemer tivetb. . •
And after all, Why should it be thought a Thing incredible that God should raise the Dead? Surely it is no Contradiction for the fame Body which liv'd once, to live a second time j and with God nothing, which doth not imply a Contradiction, is impossible. This indeed may seem to us a very difficult Work; yet not so difficult, but that Re who is endued with infinite Knowledge and Power may easily accomplish it. If our Bodies are convey'd to the remotest Corners of the Earth, or lodged in its most secret and darkest Chambers; yet an All-feeing Eye will ken them -3 He who is always present in all Places, to whom the Darkness aad the Light are
both alike, will have no Labour to find
them out. If they undergo great and **M* numerous Changes, and lurk under a__ '_ thousand different Forms; yet He; in whose Book all our Members are written, will certainly know them again, howsoever alter'd or disguis'd. If they be confounded and mingled with common Dust, or with one another; He, whom no Likeness can deceive, will presently discern them asunder. He\ who is subject to no Forgetfulness, will exactly remember to what Body each Particle of Dust belonged, and what Situation it had in that Body. i .
And the Power of God is as infinite as his Knowledge. We may in some measure make a Judgment of it by the visible Effects of it, the Production of the World, and all Things that are therein. All these He not only fram'd and fashioned, and dispos'd in that wonderful Order in which we behold them; but by the Word of his Power call'd them into Being out of nothing. And cannot He, who caus'd that to be which
was not, make a Thing which already hath a Being, to be what it hath been . before ? Cannot He who created, restore? Cannot He who gave Life, revive? Certainly He, who can do the greater, can do the less. If He hath already done that, which to our Conceptions appears to be the most difficult, we need not scruple to believe that he is able also to do what is easier.
All shall not obtain that happy Resurrection which Job expected; but yet all shall rife. For the Resurrection shall be as univerial as Death it self. The Just shall not be excluded, nor the Unjust excus'd from it. All sorts and Degrees of Men; High and Low, Rich and Poor, the Learned and Unlearned, the Bond and Free, the Civiliz'd and the Barbarians, who were levell'd by the Grave, shall arise out of it too, without any other Marks of Distinction, than what for their good or evil Works shall be flx'd upon them. All Ages and Generations past, present and to come; those who lie under our Feet, and we who
walk over them, and they who shall
walk over us, shall all meet Alive in one |£-M* general Assembly. They who have been _ * ,. laid up in the Heart of the Earth, and they who have been buried in the Deeps of the Sea, and they who have been devoured by wild Beasts, and they who have been burnt with Fire, whose Smoke hath been driven by the sour Winds j shall all stand upon their Feet together, an exceeding great Army, an innumerable Company of all Nations and Languages, even all the Sons and Daughters of Adam that ever departed this Life, from the Beginning to the End of the World.
They indeed who shall be found Living at our Lord's coming, shall not rife, because they shall not dye; but they shall undergo a sudden Change equivalent to a Resurrection. This Mystery St. Paul hath shew'd us, that we shall not all Sleep, but we mall all be changed in a Moment, in the Twinkling of an Eye, at the last Trump.
r? Many useful Inferences might be
se*_mi drawn from what hath been said; I shall ii. at this Time mention only two pr three. And, \
First, The Consideration of a future Resurrection is of special Use to support and refresh our Spirits under all Calamities and Afflictions, as it gives us Ground to hope for Deliverance in this Life, or for an ample Compensation in the next. For He who can restore a dead Man to Life, can undoubtedly restore a living Man to Health, Riches or Honour. If our Affairs be to appearance never so desperate, they may be retriev'd by Him who can open our Graves, and command our dry Bones to live. But however it may please God to deal with us at present, we may assure our selves, that our Afflictions shall at last have a blessed and joyful Issue. The Day of Retribution shall more than make us amends; and the Heaviness of our Cross, if borne with Patience, shall add Weight to our Crown. This Flesh shall be purged from its Drols in the Furnace of Affliction; and having