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late period of the world could this institution have begun, and, at the same time, find a place in the writings of the apostolic and the immediate succeeding ages. No one can suppose it would be instituted in commemoration of an event of the same age, unless that event was a fact. The first day, therefore, of every
week affords us evidence of the resurrection of our Lord. It is not our concern in this case whether he commanded the day to be kept. It is sufficient to learn that it was, and has been constantly observed.
St. Paul writes that he delivered to his brethren what he also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, alluding by the scriptures to the writings of the prophets. We may therefore expect his death and resurrection was the fulfilment of prophecy. This is mentioned in the New Testament, and affords an additional testimony to what has been offered. The fifty-third chapter of Isaiah and many parts of the Psalms, are directly on this subject. But these we cannot now particularly notice.
Though we believe the subject of the resurrection is well supported by the testimony brought forward in this discourse, my hearers are cautioned against supposing our subject nearly exhausted. There is much evidence that has not been mentioned; and some that has been mentioned, not fully exhibited. The accomplishment of all this, comes not within the limits of a single discourse.
As the resurrection of Jesus is the strength of the Christian faith, and a subject of the greatest importance and interest to all, it is hoped those who are so unfortunate as to entertain doubts of its reality, will carefully attend to the evidences now brought forward, and to such others as may come within their reach. Thomas, though hard to believe, was blessed, because he had seen: "blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed."
1 Why should we doubt and fear to trust
As if their senses were accurst;
2 Had we the Lord's disciples been ;
And knew in Joseph's tomb his place;
3 Had we then seen him without fears,
4 Can we suppose they were deceiv'd,
And that in what they then believ'd,
5 Shall we the foul impostor's name
Would they be faithful to the end,
7 Or has the whole of sacred writ
8 Believe all this, and you'll receive
Delivered October 24.
ON THE RESURRECTION OF THE HUMAN
LUKE XIV. 13, 14.
But, when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.
But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage: Neither can they die any more for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.
JOHN V. 28, 29.
Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves, shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil unto the resurrection of damnation.
And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.
But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the
dead, dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead, shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
6. 1 Cor. xv. 20-24; 35-44; 51-55 ine. But now is Christ risen from the dead and become the first fruits of them that slept. 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 : Christ the first fruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming. 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.
But some man will say, How are the dead raised up ? and with what body do they come? 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. All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. There are also celestial bodies and bodies terrestrial: bnt the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars, for one star differeth from another star in gloSo also is the resurrection of the dead: it is sown ry. in corruption, it is raised in incorruption: it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power: it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
Behold, I show you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, 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. For this corruptible must put on