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4 should say, Take away all the Accidents from a • Material Substance, and what remains, G. K. ? may put in his Eye, without injuring his Sight, • not doubting to prove this my Supposition, < when G: K. in intelligible Words, demonstrat(eth the Truth of his Affertion? But wherein to
place the Sameness of a Spiritual Substance, that · was once a Natural one, we fufpend dictat
ing any thing positively concerning it, conceiv
ing that we shall never have a certain, adequate • and comprehensive Notion of the Qualities of a Resurrection-Body, till the last Day, we actually experience it in our selves.
• NeverTHELESS, though we do not affect • School-Terms, which have been Midwived into
the World by Heathen Pbilosophers, as Substance and Accidents ; nor Magisterially determine, wherein the Identity of the Resurrection-body shall « confift; yet we do unfeignedly believe, as our.
ancient Friend y. Crook, in his Treatise, called • Truth's Principles, Printed Anno 1663, faith, « The Dead
shall be raised with the same Bodies, as far as a natural and spiritual,corruptible and incorruptible, terrestrial and celestial, can be the same.
The feveral Texts produced by our Oppo. nent, p. 236. viz. Dan. xii. 2. John v. 28, 29. Rev. xx. 13. are not to his Purpose, for they mention, nothing of the Sameness of the Body.
His Instances of Enoch and Elias are not pertinent to the present Cafe, which relates to the Resurrection of the same Bodies which have been dead and corrupted in the Grave.
But he seems to build much on the Words of Job, · Tbougb after my Skin Worms destroy my Bo
dv, get in my Flesh shall I see God; whom I Mall fee for my self, and mine Eyes shall behotd, and not another. Job. xix. 25, 26, which, he says, Job could not have truly faid, if the fame Flesh and Eyes he then had, and wherein he had patiently luffered, and kept his Integrity still, were not to be raised again.'
IF Job in that Place speaks only of his being delivered from the State of Amiction he was then in, and restored to his former State of Health and Prosperity in this World ; his Words will do the Vicar no real Service,
The Seventy Interpreters render it thus.
Ver. 25. Διδα γαρ οτι ανναός εσιν ο εκλύειν με μέλλων,
26. 'Ανασήσαι το δέρμα με το αναγτλαν ταύτα, παρα γάρ κυρία ταυτα μου συνετελίδη, ,
27. “Αέγω εμαυτώ συνεπίςαμαι, ά δ 'Οφθαλμός μου εώρακε κι έκ άλλος. πάντα δέ μοι συντετέλεσαι εν κόλπω,
The plain Import of which in English is,
Ver. 25. I know that he lives for ever, who will fet me at Liberty (from my present Troubles] on Earth.
26. To restore my skin thus dried up; for these Things Mall be accomplished for me by the Lord.
27. Which I am fully perfuaded of in my self, which my Eye hath seen, and not another ; for 'all Things have been fulfilled to me in my Bofom.
Pag: Pag. 237
And if the Soul should be unite) to a new Body, it would not be the Resurrecticon of the same Man that died:'
We have before shewn from 7. Lock, that; < whatever Matter is vitally united to a Man's Ś Soul, is his Body, as much as that which was « united to it when he was born, or in any other
Part of his Life.'
So that our Opponent by his false Philosophy, hath at most but weakly attempted to prove the Sameness of our Bodies at the general Resurrection ; much less has he proved it to be an Article of Faith. Nor is the believing the Resurrection of the same Body that dies of any such Importance as he talks of pag. 238. since the scripture Do&trine of che Resurrection of the Dead, may be fully believed without it; according to those Texts of the Apostle Paul, Theff. iv. 16, 17. For the Lörd himself fall descend from Heaven with a Shout, with the Voice of the Archangel, and with the Trump of God, and the Dead in Christ Mall 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 hall we ever be with tbe Lord. i Cor. xv. 51, 52. We shall not all Steep, but we shall all be changed, in a Moment, in the twinkling of an Eye, at the last Trump, (for the Trumpet shall sound) and the Dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
We shall close this Section with shewing how the Vicar perverts Joseph Wyeth's Words, whom he brings in, p. 238. as positively, (but most falsy) determining in his Switch p.243. that, that • Pa lage of St. Paul 2 Cor. v i. concludes the Change not of Accidents, bit Bodies, from an
Earthly Earthly House or Tabernacle to an Heavenly · House or Building, as, ever any Thing can be fpoken by Men or Angels.'
Had 7.W. To determined, the Vicar would scarce have prov'd it false, though he rashly afserts it fo: but the Truth is, J. W. determined no such Matter, but barely quoted W. P's Words in his Reafon against Railing, to defend that Author from what the Writer of the Snake had said against him. 'Tis very unjust to accuse a Man of falsly determining a Thing, when he only relates what another had said about it.
Of the Coming of Christ to Judgment.
As then, we have before shewn, that the Quakers do firmly believe a Resurrection, both of the Just and Unjust, according to the Scripture ; fo also they do believe with the Apostle Paul, that God bath appointed a Day, in the which he will judge the World in Righteousness, by that Man
[Chrift] whom he bath ordained; whereof he hath given Assurance unto all Men, in that be bath rai ed him from the Dead. Acts xvii. 31. And that the Lord Jesus Christ Mall judge the Quick and the Dead at his Appearing,' and bis Kingdom. 2 Tim. iv. I. So that the Cavils of their opposers, are grounded not upon their denying the ScriptureDeclaration on these Heads, but on their refusing to express themselves in Terms and Phrases different from what the Holy Ghost has there laid down.
The Vicar, pag. 239. forms this Quest. • Is there besides Christ's outward coming in the • Flesh at Jerusalem, and his inward coming by : his Spirit to reprove and judge for Sin, another
coming of Christ in the Flesh to Judgment, at ( the End of the World?' For this he cites G.W's Light and Life, p. 41.
Now G. Whitebead in that Place alks no such Question, but fays, We do acknowledge the • several Comings of Christ according to the • Scriptures, both that in the Flesh, and that in • the Spirit, which is manifest in several Degrees, • at there is a growing from Glory to Glory. But • three Comings of Christ, (not only that in the • Flesh at Jerusalem, and that in the Spirit, but also another Coming in the Flesh yet to be expected] we do not read of, but a second Com
ing without Sin unto Salvation, which in the ! Apostle's Days was looked for.'
So that the Vicar's Charge of a very unfair Way of stating the Question, falls upon his own Head who stated it. Why then did he so state it, unless to shew wherein the Quakers and himself agree; They, he says, are negative to Christs coming again in the same gross Earthly Body in which he came at Jerusalem ; And we, never thought of, nor
asserted his coming again with such a gross Earthly Body. If so, that Point is out of Dispute, and G.W.as orthodox as the Vicar. Nor did the Quakers, as we know of, ever call Christ's Body a grofs Earthly Body
• But the true State of the Question, be says,
is, whether our Saviour Jesus Christ, who • came in the Flelh at Jerusalem, and is now per