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your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; "above all taking the field of faith, wherewith ye shall be able " to quench the fiery darts of the wicked, and take the helmet “ of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the “ word of God. Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord * and in the power of his might.” Now if we put on this chrif tian armour and bravely use the same, the victory will surely be our own. Let us secure the one thing needful, for we daily see that neither young nor old, learned nor unlearned, but must enter the field of battle. Wherefore, “ watch ye, ftand * fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong." Let us learn to live every day as if it were our last. When we enjoy one day, we have no certainty of another. We know no more that we shall behold another rising sun, than if we were now upon a dying bed, our physicians had given us over, and our friends ftanding weeping around us at our expiring and agonising groans. Let us all be admonished to prepare for fickness and our diffolution. Let us be employed in the exercises of self examination, repentance of and humiliation for fin, confesling the fame, renewing covenant with God, mortifying corraption, living by faith, denying ourselves and meditating on heaven.
Let the counsel of our Lord ever abide upon our minds, “ Be ye also ready:
The doctrine of the Resurrection stated and
Daniel xi. 2. And many of them that fleep in the dust of the
earth shall awake, fome to everlasiing life, and some to Mame and everlafting contempt.
THE do&trine of the resurrection of the dead, altho' in fome respects it is both marvelous and mysterious, yet it is of the ut most certainty, and neceffarily composes an article of the chritian's creed. In these days of scepticism, it is denied by many, who tho' they do not entirely renounce the name of christian in profeffion, strangely allegorise away this as well as some other dillinguishing truths of divine revelation. This will always be the case with mankind when they exalt their own wisdom and undertanding above the plain declarations of heaven. They will continually be the fubjects of error and delusion. When persons depart from the simple and obvious meaning of language, the plain relation of facts and things de livered in the oracies of truth, and begin to spiritunlife and allegorile every matter that is fpoken, they riever fail of falling into the grosselt inconsistences and contradictions, and often the final issue is the most blafphemous infidelity. The vain man, who wishes to be esteemed wise, frequently attempts to mar this glorious doârine in our text, yet it is a do&rine which will still be believed by all who adhere to the plain and literal intention of their bibles. It is a doctrine, notwithstanding there may be some difficulties attending it, yet blessed be God it contains neither absurdity nor impossibility. Some who are ready to fear if there should be a resurrection, they may be of the unhap. py number that shall arise to everlasting Thame and contempt, would therefore invent objections against the truth, rather than entertain the tormenting thought. But whether they believe it or not, it is equally the same, the word of God remains true and stedfast, and what the Lord hath affirmed shall infallibly come to pass. This is a doctrine delivered both in the old Testament and the new, by the prophets and apostles and by Christ himself, by whom the dead shall be raised up, therefore those who will not believe it, when it enters so deeply into the whole christian system, it is not probable they would believe tho' one came from the dead. This do&rine tho' terrible to the wicked, yet it administers great joy and consolation to the people of God. In the verse preceding our text the prophet Daniel is evidently predi&ting the approach of the gospel ftate. When Michael the great prince, that is Jesus Christ, fhall stand up for the people of God, then will be a time of great trouble to the wicked, to Satan and all the implacable enemies of his kingdom, but it will be a season of joy and gladness of heart to those whose names are written in the book of life ; for deliverance and salvation shall come unto them. Then at the confummation of all things will be fulfilled this declaration, “Ma"ny of them that fleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, « fome to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting " contempt." They who are fond of opposing the do&rine of the resurrection, and boldly urge that the old Testament is fie lent upon this bead, are greatly perplexed with the argument contained in this passage. They vainly pretend these words must be taken not in a literal but in a metaphorical and figu-zativefense. They fay, it fignifies no more than the deliverance of the church from the grievous perfecutions of Antiochus the king of Syria, and sleeping in the dust of the earth, was the Jews hiding themselves in holes and caves, in order to avoid the fury of that cruel tyrant. But it is abundently evident Daniel had concluded his prophesy refpe&ing the persecution of Antiochus in the former chapter with these words, “He « shall come to his end and none shall help him." Sleeping, in the dust is a very unnatural figure to exhibit flying into caves and deserts ; and a deliverance from this persecution would be very aukwardly expressed by being raised to ever. Jasting contempt ; and could the happiness of such a deliverance be termed everlasting life, when at bek it could only be a temporal falvation. But these words plainly and most certainly teach, that there will be a resurrection of the dead, and numerous are the other authorities in the scriptures for the establishment of this doctrine. The only difficulty in the text is the word many, “Many of them that fieep in the dust."
This would seem at first view to imply an exception of some that hould not awake or be raised. But the original word which is here rendered many, is very frequently and and more pro. perly translated multitude, and being thus rendered here expresses the most perfect universality. “The multitude of them “ that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake,” that is all the dead without the exception of a single instance. This text is alluded to and explained by our Saviour when he says; “ All that are in their graves shall hear his voice and come « forth, they that have done good unto the resuruction of life " and they that have done evil unto the resurrection of damna« tion.” Hence the many or multicude of them that shall awake expresses all, or the most complete universality. By deeping in the dust of the earth is meant the dead, whether bus ried in graves, laid in tombs, burnt to aflies, drowned in the rear devoured by wild beasts, or eaten by cannabals. Whereves their remains are or however disposed of, they shall all be ga thered up at the last day. All their dust shall be collected and reanimated ; and every soul be united to his former body, both good and bad. The former will be raised to everlasting life s or consummate felicity in the celestial world, and the latter to misery, shame and everlasting contempt and torment. This is the manifest meaning of this text.
In the first place we shall endeavour to establish the docuine which it contains, or prove that there will be a resurrection of the dead.
Secondly, consider something of the manner in which the dead shall be raised.
First, we are to endeavour further to establish the dorine contained in the text that there thall be a refurrection of the dead. “ The many or multitude of them that fleep in the dust “ of the earth shall awake." It may be here observed this is a doctrine of pure revelation, which the light of nature could never discover, but when revealed, reafon is pleased with it, When known, it clearly contains nothing irrational or inconsistent. Reason cannot suggest any thing against it, for God is infinite in power, wisdom and truth, therefore the resurrection of the dead may be infallibly established from the perfections of Jehovah. While God is almighty none can dispute but that he is able to raise the dead. He who could create worlds by the word of his mouth, and make man at firit of the dust of the ground, and continues unchangeably the fame; surely he must be able to raise him from the dust again.
We have it fully ascertained that God hath raised many from the dead; such as the son of the widow of Sarepta,--the Shunamite's fong--The man cast into the fepulchre of Elisha,