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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: (1.) CHRIST the firstfruits ;(2.) Afterward THEY THAT ARE Christ's at his coming:(3.) 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 (see Rev. xx. 13, 14). For he hath put all things under his feet. (But when he saith, All things are put under him, it is manifest that he iS EXCEPTED, which did put all things under him.) And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto Him that put all things under him, THAT GOD MAY BE ALL IN ALL (see Rev. xxi. 3–5).
Else what shall they do which are BAPTIZED FOR THE DEAD (or “ over the dead," ÚTEP TW verpwv), if the dead rise not at all? Why are they then baptized for the dead?
And why stand we IN JEOPARDY every hour? I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink; for to-morrow we die. BE NOT DECEIVED: evil communications corrupt good man
Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have NOT THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD (see Matt. xxii. 29): I speak this to your
(VERSES 35—44). But some man will say, (1st Question).-How are the dead raised up? (answer ed in verses 36-38; 42—44).
and (2nd Question).—With WHAT BODY do they come ? (answered in the parenthesis, verses 39—41).
FIRST ANSWER (VERSES 36–38). 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. (N. B. This shows, whether the human body or wheat be considered, that while a wonderful CHANGE is effected, IDENTITY nevertheless is maintained- that, in both cases, the original germ is preserved).
Flesh or Bodies.
SECOND ANSWER:-A PARENTHESIS (VERSES 39—41).
of the following
dies, (i. e. spiritual bodies in heaven), by the varieties of flesh
by the gradations of glory
in the planetary system. is another.
of the above fact.
CHRIST THE SECOND ADAM (VERSES 45-50).
And so it is written,
is natural ;
THE RAPTURE OF THE SAINTS.
THEIR BODIES BEING CHANGED AND FITTED FOR HEAVEN
BEHOLD, I SHOW YOU A MYSTERY;
We shall not all sleep, But we shall all be changed (i. e. the living, and the dead), 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 (in living bodies, though “mortal”) shall be CHANGBD
(see 1 Thess. iv, 17). For this corruptible must put on incorruption (i.e. the dead), And this mortal must put on immortality (i. e. the living).
So when this corruptible shall put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, DEATH IS IN VICTORY (Isa. xxv. 8).
THE SONG OF VICTORY, ETC. (VERSES 55—58).
O DEATH, where is thy sting?
But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
** THE PRESENT TESTIMONY: What is it?
Not so much the testimony of good entrusted to man's responsibility (like seed in sowing-time); nor so much the testimony (consequent thereupon) of exhortation, encouragement, and warning (as in the time of growing, or while men slept, and an enemy was sowing tares); nor again the testimony against evil in man as failed: but rather the testimony for God—the living God; as to what is true of and in Him, spite of all that Satan has done, by man's flesh, in this world,—the salvation of the lost and ruined who own Him;the destruction (when the acceptable time has passed, being despised) of all that know Him not.
It is the testimony, as I take it, of the interval between the entire failure in principle, and the judgment consequent upon the development in action of that failure. And this present testimony of what God is in Christ, it is which, I conceive, the Spirit will use to right the people of God, and to make the wrong of the world exceedingly wrongful.
“But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a difference: and others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.”
“ SALVATION IS OF THE LORD."
“ Not unto us, O Lord, not anto us, but unto thy name give glory."
Ps. cxv. 1.
ONE special object of the attacks of Satan in the present day, is the truth of the quickening operations of God, the Holy Ghost. I refer not to the doctrine of His indwelling, and sovereign rule and authority in the body, the church; though, of course, the distinctly seeing the latter is a great preservative against what would undermine, or deny the former doctrine. Still, it is well for saints to be fortified with the direct testimony of scripture against error, by which Satan is really working; though, as to ourselves, no danger with regard to it may seem to be immediately impending. Even if we were individually safe, charity to others would lead us to search the word for that whereby error, in which many are entangled, may be met. And as to ourselves, a very small amount of observation would satisfy us that usually saints are preserved from error by the blessing of God on the truth which has already got a place in their souls, rather than delivered from the entanglements of error by truth newly presented to the soul. He, to whose keeping and guidance the church is entrusted during the absence of her Lord, does deliver as well as preserve. Still, to be enabled to say with Paul, “ I have kept the faith,” is more blessed than to have turned from it, even though sovereign grace should rescue and restore us.
The indwelling of the Holy Ghost in the body, the church, is one thing; the operations of the Spirit by which the individual believer becomes such, and so a member of the body, is another thing; and it is this latter point of which I speak as being the object of Satan's vigorous attacks in certain quarters. Be it observed too, that it is not a defective statement of the truth