« PreviousContinue »
its Parts perhaps are putrify'd and corrupted, or dry'd and moul. der'd into Dust and Albes: This Difficulty, ( as you shall fee by and by in its proper place) will be entirely taken away , if we consider, how this wonderful Work will be effected : That 'twill not be by Na
ture or Second Causes, but by the $)Æacid. Infinite and (k) uncontroulable Pow.
er of the most High. Nay, that most Learned Roman, Varro, ( as he is quoted by $t. Austin , de Civ. Dei, Lib. 22. Cap. 28.) tells us of some Astrologers, that they did exprelly affert the Resurrection of the fame Body; and that it should be reunited to its own Soul four hundred and forty Years after their Separation. Virgil informs us from the Ancients, That many of those Souls, which dwell in the happy Groves of Elyfium, after a Thousand Years Con. versation there, shall be sent back in. to this World, and return into Hu. man Bodies. But how near a kio ( I pray) is this to the Christian Doctrine, which assures us, That the Saints will at the last Day come down from Heaven, after a long
Separation and Divorce, to re-enter their glorious and immortal Bodies In short, I do not see, how the groß sest of the Atomical Philosophers themselves, can be excused for their Infidelity in this point. Even thefe -25.46M! ) Men, if they will but srand to their own Principles, can be no Enemies to à Resurrection : For if by the fortuitous Concourse of Atoms, playing and toying up and down in an immense Space, the World and all things in it were at first made; Why, when the same World is, according to their Hypothesis, diffolv'd, and its Atoms all: floating again in
Vacuum as before, they fhould not 1 each of them by the very same Chance i luckily hit upon their Kindred Atoms,
and at length combine together into
their former Bodies, no Man can i imagine. Nay, such Considerations as these, (if what (1) Pliny, and (1) Nat
. i (m) Saint Hierom say, be
oblig'd Democritus and Epicurus them-rm) com.
Hist. lib.7. be true ) cap. 55.
ed Pagans themselves, which render the Doctrine of the Resurrection credible. It will fos
2. If we consider, That the Di(#)Mat.25. vine Oracles do exprelly affert it :
When the Son of Man (says (n) our Lord) Bull. come in his Glory, and all the Holy Angels with him, then Mall be fit upon the Throne of his Glory. And before him shall be gather'd all Na tions; and he hall separate them one from another, as a Shepherd divideth the Sheep from the Goats. Here is an Universal Appearance of all Mankind before the Tribunal of their Judge, to receive the Things done in the Body, according to that they have done, whether it be Good or Bad. For that this Judgment is to pass upon all in their Bodies, he declares beyond all exceprion in the 5th of St. John, v, 28, 29. The Hour is coming, (says he ) in the which, all that are in the Graves shall bear, the Voice of the Son of God, and shall come forth; they that have done Good, unto the Resurrection of Life ; and they,
that have done Evil, unto the Refurre&ion (OJ Pearson of Damnation. For, as a very Learn.
ed (0) Prelate of our own has irrefragaCreed, pag.
bly prov'd, and (P) Slichsingius him- (0) Io lo- self is forced to confess, these Words
cannot possibly be understood of a Spiritual Resurrection, or of a Resurrection only from the Graves of Igaorance and Impiety. St. Paul is likewise much upon this Subject. In his first Epistle to the Corinthians, he gloriously discourseth throughout a whole Chapter, of its Certainty, UniVérfality, and Tremendous Circumstances : And in the Fourth Chapter of his First Epistle to the Thessalonians, he resumes and defcants with equal
Triumph upon the same Topick. : What St. Paul thus foretold, St. John
had the Honour to behold in a Vision. : I saw the Dead (says (9) he) Small (9) Rev.20.
and Great, stand before God. And the 12, 13. | Seas gave up the Dead, phich were in it; i and Death and Hell deliver'd up the
Dead, which were in them; and they were judged every one accarding to their Works. That afflicted Servant of God, the Holy Job, plainly instructed the Jens in this point, many Ages before; by the Pen of Moses. I know (says “) he that my Redeemer liveth, and (r)cap. 19. that he ball stand at the latter day upon the Earth. And though after my Skin
Worms destroy this Body, get in mall I fee God: whom I hall see for my self, and mine Eyes Mall behold, and not another ; though my Reins be consumed mithin me.
For these Words (however Grotius and some others, are wil. ling to understand them) do, I conceive with St. Hierom, and the Ancients, and the generality of Orthodox and Learned Writers of these later Ages, manifestly rise above the Restauration of his Temporal Felicity, to the Joys and Triumphs of his Glorious Resurrection. In a Word, The Holy Scriptures do so frequently, as well in the Old as New Testament, deliver this Do&rine, That we must either deny them to be the Word of God, or ac. knowledge he has sufficiently declar'd, that the Resurrection is the determinate purpose of his Will. Which being so, we are sure likewise in the
3d Place, That this Question of our Apostle is very Proper, Rational, and Pertinent, because as the Divine Will determines it, fo the Divine Power is able to effe& it. And indeed, that Man, who thinks otherwise, must needs entertain very