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because of the deplorable fact itself, but also because I know men otherwise estimable, who are, unconsciously let me hope, concealing from view one of the most glorious of God's revealed purposes under the fogs of a bewildering metaphorical theology.
Dispense with the fifteenth chapter of the first Epistle to the Corinthians, because you do not understand how the dead are raised? Better logic than this should be expected from men who generally take refuge from supposed difficulties in the light of their own intellect, whilst they admit the supernatural in relation to the Atonement and spiritual influence. Are there greater difficulties connected with some departments of the supernatural than with others ? Are not all God's ways higher than our ways, and His thoughts than our thoughts ? Men who believe in salvation through Christ, and yet refuse to believe that the dead in Him will be raised at His coming, are inconsistent; at least if we may accept Paul's logic on the subject. He says:
“But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air ; and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words."
Let us be consistent in our faith. “ If we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him." Let us have the Gospel as full as God has made it, the complete triumph over death in the resurrection of the members of that wonderful body of which the risen Christ is the Head. It was by the word of the Lord” that Paul wrote thus to the tried Thessalonians. Well might he add, “Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” They are words of great comfort, of exceeding joy! Adoringly we gaze upon our Lord as the Resurrection as well as the Life, and the Resurrection just because He is the Life. The one is the glorious result of the other. His resurrection is the first-fruit of the Divine harvest of immortals in whom God is to find His eternal satisfaction, to see the issue of His infinite grace and wisdom, and the proof that–His great purpose realised the dark wave of moral evil that rolled over the fair
young world has not left so much as a stain behind. For the rising of Christ from the dead was the crowning miracle of a long series, proving that this was the Son of Abraham, the Son of David, the Son of God, the appointed Heir of all things, the King of kings and Lord of lords, and above all, the Head of His body, the Church. 1. To raise the dead. 1 Thess. iv. 13-16. First, the just, John v. 29, 25; vi. 40, 44, 54 ; 1 Cor. xv. 23; afterwards, the unjust. Rev. xx. 5; Acts xxiv. 15; John v. 29. Then all men at the end. Rev. xx. 11-15. Then follows the New Creation. Rev. xxi. 1-8.
2. To judge the world. Acts xix. 31 ; Matt. xxv. 31-46. 3. To save His people. Heb. ix. 27, 28; Is. xxv. 8, 9. 4. To destroy the wicked. 2 Thess. i. 8, 9; . 8; Is. xi. 4 ; lxii. 1-4;
4 lxvi. 15, 16, 24.
5. To restore all things. Acts iïi. 21 ; Rev. xxi. 9-xxii.
6. To reign for ever. Is. xxiv. 23; Jer. xxiii. 5; Luke i. 32, 33 ; 1 Cor. xv. 25 ; Rev. v. 10.
I. There is a just God who is the Judge of all the earth.
Gen. xviii. 25; Ps. 1. 6; Ixviii. 5; lxxv. 7 ; lxxxii. 8; xciv. 2; Heb. xii. 23 ; Jer. xi. 20; Deut. xxxii. 4.
II. The affairs of men are not in the present time administered according to the laws of justice. Eccl. iii. 16; iv. 1; viii. 11; James v. 6; Mic. iii. 11; vii. 3.
III. Therefore there must be a future judgment. Eccl. iii. 16, 17; Ps. 1. 4; Heb. x. 30; Rom. iii. 5, 6; Isa. xxviii. 16, 17; Rom. ii. 3.
IV. God has appointed Jesus Christ to be the Judge of the world. Icts xvii. 31; Rom. ii. 16; John v. 22.
V. When Christ was on earth He was not the Judge, but was judged by wicked men. John xii. 47; iii. 17; Luke xxiii. 1-11; Matt. xxvi. 57, 65.
VI. Hence Christ will judge the world when He shall come again. Ps. xcviii. 7-9; 2 Tim. iv. 1, 8; Jude 14, 15; John xii. 48; 2 Pet. iii. 7 ; Heb. ix. 27 ; Matt. xxv. 31-46.
VII. He shall judge the good, the bad, the living, the dead-The Jews, the Gentiles and evil angels. 1 Sam. ii. 10; Ps. vii. 6; xcvi. 13; Joel iii. 12; Rom. ii. 1-16; Job xxi. 29-30; 1 Pet. iv. 5; Rom. xiv. 10; 2 Cor. v. 10; Matt. xxv. 41; 2 Pet. ii. 9; Daniel vii. 9.14 ; Luke xi. 31, 32; Jude 6 ; 2 Pet. ii. 4.
VIII. He shall judge men according to their thought, their words, and their acts or deeds. Rom. ii. 16; Eccl. xi. 9; xii. 13, 14; Luke xiv. 13, 14 ; Matt. xii. 34-37 ; xvi. 27; Rom. ii. 6; Rev. xi. 18; xxii. 12.
IX. This judgment consigps the wicked to eternal condemnation, and destruction like that of Sodom. Ps. xi. 6 ; Is. Ixvi. 15, 16, 24; Mark iii. 29; Matt. xxv. 41, 46; Jude 6, 7; 2 Thess. i. 6-9. And gives to the righteous eternal salvation, glory, life, and inheritance. Heb. v. 9; ix. 15; 2 Tim. ii. 10; 1 Pet. i. 3-9; v. 10; Matt. xxv. 46; Rom. vi. 23 ; Jude 21 ; Heb. ix. 12 ; Luke xxi. 27, 28.
X. The day of Judgment will come suddenly and unexpectedly to the wicked. Dan. xii. 10; 2 Pet. iii. 3, 4, 10; James v. 9; 1 Thess. v. 1.6; Matt. xxiv. 36, 42, 44 ; xxv. 13; Mark xiii. 32-37; Luke xvii. 26-30; xxi. 34-36 ; Acts xxiv. 25.
XI. Hence men are commanded to repent, Acts xvii. 30; 1 Pet. iv. 17, 18; 2 Pet. iii. 9.
THE DESTINY OF THE WICKED.
I. They shall not live for ever. John v. 39, 40; 1 John v. 11, 12 ; iii. 36 ; 1 John iii. 15; Is. lv. 3 ; Ezek. xviii. 23; Deut. xxx. 19, 20.
II. They shall die. Ezek. xviii. 4, 31, 32 ; Rom. vi. 21-23 ; vii. 5 ; James i. 15 ; Rom. vi. 16; viii, 13; Rev. xxi. 8 ; Rom. i. 32; Rev. xx. 13, 15; Rev. ii. 11; xx. 6 ; James v. 19, 20.
III. They shall perish. Job xx. 4-7 ; Ps. xcii. 9; Ps. lxviii. 2; xlix. 20; lxxiii. 27; 2 Thess. i. 9, 10; Ps. xxxvii. 20; 2 Cor. ii. 15, 16; John iii. 14-17; Luke xiii, 2-5 ; 2 Pet. iii. 9; Ps. ii. 10-12; 2 Pet. ii. 12; Acts xii. 40, 41.
IV. They shall be cut off. Ps. xxxvii. 9, 22, 28, 34, 38; Ps. xciv. 23; Nahum i 15; Prov. ii. 21, 22.
V. They shall be destroyed. Job. xxi. 29, 30; xxxi. 2, 3; Ps. cxlv. 20; Rom. ix. 22 ; Ps. lv. 23; Ps. v. 6; Is. i. 28; Prov. xiii. 13, 20; Pbil. iii. 18, 19; Rom. iii, 16-17; Prov. xxix. 1; Matt vii. 13 ; X. 28; Acts iii. 23 ; 2 Pet, ii. 12 ; Ps. cxliv. 6; xcii. 7 ; xxxvii. 38 ; 1 Tim. vi. 9 ; Ps lxxiii. 3, 17, 18; 2 Thess. i. 9, 10; Rev. xi. 18; 1 Thess. v. 3 ; Prov. i. 27.
VI. They shall be consumed. Zeph. i. 1-3; Ps. xxxvii. 20; Ixvi. 16, 17; Ps. lix, 13; Ixxi. 13; Is. xxix, 20; Ps. civ. 35 ; Heb. xii. 29.
VII. The agent of punishment is fire and brimstone. Ps. 1. 3 ; xi. 6; xxi. 8,9; cxl. 10; Matt. iii. 12; xviii. 8, 9; Rev. xxi. 8; Heb. x, 26, 27; Matt. xiii. 40-42; Rev. xx. 9, 14, 15; Matt. xxv. 41, 46; Jude 7; Luke xvii. 29.30 ; Matt. xiii. 30; Ps. xcvii. 3; Mal. iv. 1-3; Is. xxx. 27, 30, 33.
VIII. Their punishment shall take place, not at death, but at the coming of Christ. Job. xxi. 29, 30; John xii. 48; Matt. xxv. 31, 32, 41; 2 Pet. ii. 4, 9, 17; Jude 14, 15, 6; Matt. xiii. 47-50; 2 Thess. i. 7.10.
IX. They shall be as though they had not been. Ps. lviii. 7-11 ; Is. xxix. 20; xl. 23 ; xli. 11, 12; Ps. xxxvii. 10; Obad. 15, 16.
X. Endless life only obtained through Christ Jesus. John xi. 25 John iii. 15; X. 28; xvii. 2; Rom, vi. 23.
THE STATE OF THE DEAD. Man giveth up the spirit, (lit, expireth), and where is he? I. They are not with. Christ in Heaven, John iïi. 13; John viïi. 21; John xiii. 33 ; xiv. 3 ; Acts ii. 34; 1 Thess iv. 16, 17.
II. They are not in hell fire – (If so what need of a judgment ?) Job xxi. 30 ; 2 Pet. ii. 9.
III. They are in their graves. John v. 28, 29; Acts ii. 29. All in one place. Eccl. iii. 20. In the dust. Gen. iii. 19; Dan. xii. 2; Ps. xxii. 15; Job vii. 21.
IV. That place is one of darkness, silence and repose. Job iii. 11-19; X. 21, 22; Ps. lxxxviii. 12; Eccl. ix. 10.
V. They sleep. Deut. xxxi. 16; 2 Sam. vii. 12; 1 Kings ii. 10 ; 1 Kings xi. 21, 43 ; 2 Kings xx. 21; 2 Chron. xxxii. 33 ; 2 Chron. xxvi. 23; Job iii. 13 ; Job vii. 21; xiv. 12; Ps. lxxvi. 5; Matt. xxvii. 52;
Acts vii. 60; Acts xiii. 36; 1 Cor. xv. 6, 18, 20, 51; 1 Thess. v. 10; 2 Pet. iii. 4,
VI. They praise not the Lord, and excercise no mental powers. Ps. vi. 5; Ps. lxxxviii. 10-12; Ps. cxv. 17; Ps. cxlvi. 4; Eccl. ix. 5, 6, 10; Is. xxxviii. 18, 19; Job xiv. 21.
VII. Death is an er.emy-Satan hath the power of death— Christ shall destroy both. Job ii. 4; Is. xxxviii. 2, 3; Deut. iii. 23-26; Phil. ii.
1 Cor. xv. 26; Heb. ii. 14 ; Rev. xx. 14; Hos. xiii. 14 ; Is. xxv. 8. VIII. God only has immortality, and incorruptibility, and life. i Tim. vi. 16; 1 Tim. i. 17; Ps. xxxvi. 9; John v. 26 ; John xi. 25. Man is mortal. Job iv. 17; (vii. 1, 17; x. 5; xv. 14 ; xxv. 4, 6; Ps. viii, 4 ; x. 18 ; ix. 19, 20 ; xc. 3 ; ciii. 15; cxliv. 3—in Hebrew). He must seek immortality (Grk. incorruption). Rom. ii. 7. Or perish in corruption. 2 Pet. ii. 12.
ix. Immortality shall be put on at the appearing of Christ. 1 Cor. xv. 53, 54 ; 2 Cor. v. 4,
" THEM THAT SLEEP IN Word be satisfactory?“A word to JESUS."
the wise is sufficient.” Dear Sir,—I should be glad if Man is incapable of being divided you would allow me a few words on into soul and body, the fact of the the subject, “ Them that sleep in case being demonstrably this, that Jesus.” What does this mean? the body and soul together form the Why are men at such a loss for a Are departed saints in heasure and satisfactory understanding ven ? Certainly not. They sleep of God's Word ? What is the true in Jesus. Where? Why in the nature of man ? The right answer grave, and out of the grave they to this question will disperse all the will be called at the coming of the confusion and darkness which ob- Lord. We who are alive and tains in the mind of Christendom in remain," said Paul, “ shall not prereference to death, and by which the vent them which are asleep," for at plain statements of Scripture are so the voice of the archangel and the obscured. “Thou art dust.” “Thou” trump of God the dead in Christ refers to the whole man, and not to sball rise first (need one add where a part—therefore Adam is in the from ?) then the quick and the dust to this hour. What death was awakened dead shall be caught up to Adam, it is to the race; there- together to meet the Lord (they fore all who have died have re- had not met Him before), and 80 turned to dust. “His breath goeth shall we ever be with Him. The forth, he returneth to his earth, in departed saints, therefore, come out that very day his thoughts perish.” of their graves, and not from heaven Consequently there is no bulf-alive at the coming of the Lord, accordstate. Consciousness is gone. “ The ing to Scripture.
Christ said at dead praise not thee, neither any the first,
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