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If a man die shall he live again? Jesus said unto her, (Martha,) I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. And whosoever liveth, and believeth in me, shall never die. Though after my skin worrns destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold and not another. Now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. - For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the first fruits, afterward they that are Christ's at his coming. Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father, when he shall have put down all rule, and all authority and power. For he must reign till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.a
But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened except it die. And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain; it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain, but God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body. So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. It is sown in dishonour, it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power: it is sown a nati
a Job xiv. 14. John xi. 25, 26. Job xix. 26, 27. 1 Cor. xv. 20, 35, 36, 38, 42, 44, 50, 57.
ral body, it is raised a spiritual body. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God: neither doth corruption inherit incorruption, Behold, I show you a mystery : We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up
in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
We know, that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. Therefore we are always confident, knowing that whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord. We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ, which is far better. There the wicked cease from troubling, and there the weary are at rest. And there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain. And there shall be no night there, and they need no candle, neither light of the sun, for the
Lord God giveth them light, and they shall reign for ever and ever.a
ALMIGHTY GOD, our heavenly Father, thou art from everlasting to everlasting, and thy years fail not; but we are of yesterday and know nothing. Cause us, we humbly beseech thee, to lay to heart this dispensation of thy providence, and so to number our days that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. Knowing that our time is short, and not knowing what a day may bring forth, we pray thee, of thine infinite mercy, to prepare us for our departure. Bless this instructive event to our immortal souls. Call us away from the pursuit of earthly vanities. Grant us that renewal of nature, and that faith in Jesus Christ, without which we can never hope to see thy face in peace. And while we commit the remains of our brother to the deep, in expectation of the day when the sea shall give up the dead which are in it, work in us, O Lord, by thy Holy Spirit, that mighty change of heart, which thou alone canst effect. Then, when we also come to die, be thou the strength of our heart and our portion for ever, and administer to us an abundant entrance into thy kingdom. All which we ask, in the name of himn who hath abolished death, and brought life and immortality to light. And to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, one God, be praise and glory for ever. Amen.
a 2 Cor. v. 1, 6, 8. Phil. i. 21, 23. Job iii. 17. Rev. xxi. 4; xxii. 5.-From Everts' Pastor's Hand-Book.
b Here the remains may be lowered into the sea.
FUNERAL SERVICE. NO. II.
TO BE USED AT SEA.
| The service may be opened by reading either the Scripture passages
elsewhere given, or those which here follow.
· All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth, but the word of our God shall stand for ever.
One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh. The time is short. It remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none; and they that weep as though they wept not; and they that rejoice as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy as though they possessed not; and they that use this world as not abusing it, for the fashion of this world passeth away.. It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.
Lord make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is, that I may know how frail I am. Behold, thou hast made my days as a handbreadth, and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily, man at his best estate, is altogether vanity.
And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God, and the books were opened. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and hell de
livered up the dead which were in them, and they were judged every man according to their works.
II. PRAYER. O LORD, Thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting thou art God. Thou turnest mani unto destruction, and sayest, Return ye children of men: for a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday, when it is past—as a watch in the night.
Lord, make us to know our end, and the measure of our days what it is, that we may know how frail
Behold, thou hast made our days as a handbreadth, and our age is as nothing before thee. Verily, man at his best estate is altogether vanity. The sentence, “dust thou art, and unto dust thou shalt return," must soon be executed upon us all; for it is appointed unto men once to die and after that the judgment. For by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin, and so death passed upon all men because all have sinned. O Lord, our times are in thy hand, and thou hast appointed unto man a boundary over which he cannot pass; and thou wilt surely bring us to the house appointed for all living. In the dispensations of thy wise, sovereign, and righteous providence, thou hast been pleased to remove from the midst of us, one of our number; and we have no right to murmur, or to say, “What doest thou?" With humility and resignation, it behoves