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death of the corn in the earth, is not a total death, but only the corruption or alteration of it: for if once the semical life and vertue of it were quite extinguished, it could never put forib blade or ear without a miracle. Yet, because that alicration is a kind of death, therefore Christ here uies it as a fit illustration of the resurrection. And indeed there is nothing in nature more apt to illustrate that great mystery. What a tragrant, green, and beautiful blade do we see fpring up from a corrupted feed? How black and mouldy is that! How beautiful and verdant is this?

VEN thus fhall the bodies of the faints arise in beauty-

and glory at, the resurrection : " They are sown in dil“ hovour: they are raised in glory; they are sown natural bo“dies; they are raised spiritual bodies," I Cor. xv. 43, 44. The husbandman knows, that though the feed rot in the earth, yet it will rise again. And the believer knows, “ that though " after his skin worms destroy his body, yet in his flesh he " shall see God," Job xix, 25, &c. Add the resemblance betwixt the feed sown, and springing up; and the bodies of the faints dying, and rising again, lies in these following particulars.

1. The feed is committed to the earth from whence it came; so is the body of a faiot; earth it was, and to earth it is agaio resolved. Grace exempts not the body of the best man from feeing corruption, Rom. viii, 10. Though Chrilt be in him, yet the body is dead; that is, sentenced to death, because of fin, Heb. ix. 27. “But it is appointed for all men once to

2. The feed is cast into the earth in hope, 1 Cor. ix. 10. Were there not a resurrection of it expected, the husbandman would never be willing to cast away his corn. The bodies of saints are also committed to the grave in hope, i Thess. iv. 13, 14. " But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, " concerning those which are asleep, as they which have no “ hope ; for if we believe that Jesus died, and rose again, even " fo also them which neep in Jelus, shall the Lord, bring with “ him.” This blessed hope of a resurrection sweetens not only the troubles of life, but the pangs of death.

3. The feed is cast into the earth seasonably, in its proper season : fo are the bodies of the saints, Job v. 26." Thou shalt

come to thy grave in a full age, as a shock of corn cometh “in, in its fealon." They always die in the fittest time, though

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fometimes they seem to die immaturely : the time of their death was from all eternity prefixed by God, beyond which they cannot go, and Mort of which they cannot come.

4. The feed lies many days and nights under the clods, before it rises and appears agaio ; " even so man lieth dowo, and “ riseth not again until the heavens be no more,” Job xiv. 12. The days of darkness in the grave are many.

5. When the time is come for its shooting up, the earth that covered it cao hide it no longer ; it cannot keep it dowo a day more; it will find or make way through the clods. So io that day when the great trump shall found, bone shall come to its bone, and the grave shall not be able to hold them a miaute longer. Both lea and earth must reader the dead that aize in them, Rev. xx. 13.

6. When the seed appears above-ground, it appears much more fresh and orient, than when it was cast into the earth : God cloaths ir with such beauty, that it is not like to what it was before. Thus rise the bodies of the saints, marvellously improved, beautified, and perfected with spiritual qualities and rich endowments; in respect whereof they are called fpiritul bodies, 1 Cor. xv. 43. oot properly, but analogically spiritual; for look, as spirits fubfist without food, raiment, Aleep, know no lassitude, weariness or pain; so our bodies, after the resurrection, shall be above these necessities and dislempers ; for we shall be as the angels of God, Matth. xxii. 30. Yea, our vile bodies shall be changed, and made like unto Christ's glorious body; which is the highest pitch and asccot of glory and honour that an human body is capable of, Phil. iii. 21. Indeed, the glory of the soul shall be the greatest glory; that-is the orient invaluable gem : But God will bestow a disjoct glory upon the body, and richly enamel the very case in which that precious jewel shall be kept. In that glorious morping of the resurrection, the faints shall put on their new fresh suits of felh, richly laid and trimmed with glory. Those bodies, which in the grave were but dull and rotteoness, when it delivers them back again, shall be shining and excellent pieces, absolutely and everlastingly freed, (1.) From all natural infirmities apd diltempers: Death is their good phyfician, which at once freed them of all diseases. It is a great affliction now to many of the Lord's people, to be clogged with so many bodily iofirmities, which render them very unlerviceable to God. The spirit in deed is willing, but the flesh is weak. A crazy body rerorts and fhoots back its distempers upon the soul, with which it is so closely conjoined : But though now the foul (as Theophrastus speaks) pays a dear rent for the tabernacle in which it dwells; yet, when death diffolves that tabernacle, all the diseafes and pains, under which it groaned, Ihall be buried in the rubbish of its mortality; and when they come to be re-united again, God will bestow rich gifts and dowries, even upon the body, in the day of its re-espousals to the foul. (2.) It hall be freed from all deformities; there are no breaches, flaws, moostrofities in glorified bodies; but of them it may much rather be said, what was once said of Absalom, 2 Sam. xiv. 25.." That from “ the crown of the head, to the foal of his foot, there was no " blemih in him.” (3.) It (hall be freed from all oatural ne. cessities, to which it is now subjected in this its animal state, How is the foul now disquieted and tortored with cares and troubles, to provide for a perishing body ? Many unbelieving and unbecoming fears, it is now vexed with: What shall it eat? And what shall it driok? And wherewithal hall it be cloathed ? “ But meats for the belly, and the belly for meats; 6. God shall destroy both it and them," 1 Cor. vi. 13. i, e. as to their prefent use and office; for as to its exifteoce, fo the belly shall not be destroyed. But even as the mafts, poop and Ners of a ship abide in the harbour, after the voyage is ended, fo shall these bodily members, as Tertullian excellently illastrates it. (4.) They shall be freed from death, to which thenceforth they can be subject no more ; that formidable ad. versary of Dature shall assault it no more. “For they which " shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the re“ furrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in “ marriage; neither can they die any more; for they shall be s equal to the angels, and are the children of God, being the « children of the resurrection,” Luke xx. 35, 36. Mark it (equal to the angels) not that they shall be separate, and fingle fpirits, without bodies as the angels are : but equal to them in the way and manner of their living and acting *. We shall then live upon God, and act treely, purely, and delightfully for God; for all kind of living upon, and delighting io crea, tures, seems in that text (by a fynecdoche of jthe part which is ordinarily in scripture put for all creature-delights

, dependen cies, and necessities) to be excluded. Nothing but God shall enamour and fill the soul; and the body shall be perfectly subdued to the fpirit. Lord, what halt thop prepared for them that love thee

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R E F LECTION S. 1. If I shall receive my body again so dignified The healthand improved in the world to come, then Lord let ful saint's me never be uowilling to use my body dow for the reflečtion. interest of thy glory, or my owo falvation ! Now," Q my God, it grieves me to think how many precious opportunities of serving and honouring thee I have lost, under pretence of endangering my health !

I have been more solicitous to live long and healthfully, than to live usefully and fruitfully; and, like enough, my life had been more serviceable to thee, if it had not been so fondly overvalued by me.

Foolish foul ! hath God given thec'a body for a living tool or ioftrument? And art thou afraid to use it? Wherein is the mercy of haviog a body, if pot in spendiog apd wearing it out in the service of God? To have an active vigorous body, and not to employ and exercise it for God, for fear of endangering its health, is, as if one should give thee a handsome and {prightful horse, upon condition thou shouldest not ride or work him. 0! if some of the faiots had enjoyed the blefliog of such an healthy active body as mine, what excelleat services would they have performed to God is it? 2. If my body shall as surely rise again in glory,

The fickly vigour, and excellent endowments, as the seed which I low doth ; why Ahould not this comfort me over

saint's res all the pains, weaknesses, and dulpels, with which flection. my soul is now clogged? Thou kpowest, my God, what'a grief it hath been to my foal, to be fettered and entangled with the distempers and manifold indispositions of this vile body : It hath made me figh; and fay, with holy Anselme, when he faw the mounting bird weighed down by the stone hanging at her leg, Lord, thus it fares with the soul of thy servant ! Faia would I serve, glorify, and enjoy thee, but a distempered body will pot let me. However, it is reviving, to think, that though I am now forced to crawl like a worm, in the discharge of my duties, I shall shortly fly, like a feraphim, in the exccution of thy will. Cheer up, drooping foul; the time is at hand, when thou shalt be made more willing than thou art, and thy flesh pot so weak as now it is.

13. And is it fo indeed? Then let the dying The dying
saint, like Jacob, rouze up himself upon his bed,
and encourage himself against the fears of death by

saint's rethis refreshing consideration. Let him fay, with fection,

holy dying Musculus, why trembleft thou, O my soul, to go forth of this tabernacle to the land of reft? Hath thy body been fuch a pleasant habitation to thee, that thou should be fo loth to part with it, though but for a time, and with assurance of receiving it again with such a glorious improvement ? I know, O my soul, that thou hast a natural inclination to this body, resulting from the dear and frict union which God him. self hath made betwixt thee and it; yea, even the holiest of men do sometimes sensibly feel the like in themselves; but be. ware thou love it not immoderately or inordinately; it is but a creature, how dear foever it be to thee; yea, a fading creature, and that which now stands in thy way to the full enjoyment of God. But fay, my soul, why are the thoughts of * parting with it so burdeosome to thee? Why so loth to take death by its cold hand? Is this body thy old and dear friend? True, but yet thoa partest not with it upon such fad terms, as should deferve a tear at parting. For mayest thou not fay of this departure, as Paul at the departure of Onefimus ? Philem. ver. 15." It therefore departeth for a season, that thou mayest receive it for ever.” The day of re-efpoufals will quickly come; and in the mean time, as thy body shall not be fenfible of the tedious length of interposing time, so neither shalt thou be foliicitous about thine absent fiiend ; for the fruition of God in thine unbodied Aate, shall fill thee with infinite satisfaction, and reft.

Or is it not so much simply for partiog with it, as for the manner of thy parting, either by the flow and lingering ap. proaches of a natural, or the quick and terrible approaches of a violeat death: Why trouble not thyself about that ; for if God lead thee through the long dark lane of a tedious fickaels, yet at the end of it is thy father's house: And for a violent death, it is not so material, whether friends or enemies stand weeping or triumphing over thy dead body. Nihil corpus fenfit in nervo cum anima fit in coelo. When thy foul shall be ia heaven, it will not be fenfible how the body is ufed on earth.

4. But, oh! what an uncomfortable parting The ungodly will mine be ! and how much more fad our meerJoul's reflec

ing again ! how will this soul and body bluth, tion.

yea, tremble, when they meet, who have been co-partners in fo much guilt? I damned my foul, to please my feth, and now have ruined both thereby : Had I denied my félh to serve Christ, worn out my body in the service of my soul, I had, thereby, happily provided for them both, but I began at the wrong end, and so have ruined both.eternally.

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