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of God summon our calcin'd Atoms from their various Receptacles, and command them to stand up in their primitive Shapes again?
Dei. 1. 22.
If it be objected, That our Bodies may not only be corrupted and putrify'd, or dispers’d and scatter'd into several Quarters of the Earth 3.
but some parts of them likewise in their Rang of Transformation, became Food to other Human Bodies ;
St. Austin attempts to solve the Difficulty thus. (1) De Civ. The Particles of that Body, (lays(r)
"he) which through Famine or any other
os ference to the Learning and Piety of 7. this truly excellent and most worthy e Father, I do not take this to be satisfa
&tory: That Body, which at the Resurre&ion, shall consist in a great measure of such Particles of matter, as
were evaporated from it into the Air Ć long before its Death, and not of the
very same, wherewith it was constitu
ted, when relinquish'd by the Soul, be· ing by no means to be called numeri
cally the fame with that which dyed. In answer therefore to this Objection, I bumbly conceive, That though the fame Body, which dy'd, is to rise again, yet 'tis not necessary that all the Particles of it should : When the
Body is emaciated, and its Flesh by į lingring Sickness half consumed, e still its integral and necessary parts all 1 remaining ) rightly accounting it the i fame Body. Nay, considering how
many superfluous and unnecessary parts
accrue to most of our Bodies, I verily · believe, that our Resurre&ion-Bodies
will generally be able to spare many parts of their Matter, for the Conftitution of other Bodies. But if that Promise of raising the same Body does extend to every particle of it, that descends
into the Grave, then, I say, it may please God, that these parts of our Bodies, which are taken for Nutrimentinto other Human Bodies,may either not con. corporate, or wear off again before the Hour of Death. To conclude: With God all things, which neither immediately nor consequentially imply a Contra. diction, nor are any ways repugnant to his Effential Perfections, are pofsible. But the Resurrection of the Dead, does neither immediately nor consequentially imply a Contradi&tion, nor is any ways repugnant to his Ef. sential Perfections; and therefore, if be shall not think fit to accomplish it by any of these fore-mention'd ways, he will infallibly make good his Word, and effect it by some other to us unknown.
And thus you have seen, that this Question of our Apostle is very proper, rational, and pertinent, and every way worthy the Wisdom and Learn. ing of its great Author : First, Because the Principles and Tenents of the most eminent and learned Pagans themselves, do render the Doctrine of the Resurre&ion credible. Secondly, Because the Divine Oracles do exprefly
assert it. And, Thirdly, Because the Divine Power is able to effect it. I shall now briefly infer, and conclude.
Now 'twere improper to address to the Atheist or Pagan from the Pulpit, when we expect not to find them in this Sacred Place: But as many of you, as hear me this Day, do ( I hope ) believe in your Hearts, that the Holy Scriptures are in very Deed the Oracles of God, and these ( you have seen ) do expresly affert, That God hath appointed a Day, when the Voice of the Arch-angel, the Trump of God, shall every where break in pieces the Bars and Prisons of Death, and cause a ge. neral Resurrection both of the Just and Unjust. Let all of us then, my Breth. ren, be perpetually careful so to demean our selves in all the Periods of our Lives, that when this great and notable Day of the Lord shall come,
the Elect: Among those, whom the Holy Angels shall gather together from the four Winds, and secure from the Vengeance, that's coming upon the Ungodly. If you ask, How this is to be done? I'an
may be found
1 Ep. 3. 3. swer with St. John, That every Man,
who hath his Hope in Him, purifieth himself, even as He is pure : Is careful to avoid the Stains and Pollutions of Sin, and evermore to keep himself unspotted from the World ; being well assurd, that the Wicked shali not stand in the Judgment, nor Sinners in the Congregation of the Righteous.
St. Paul gives you the very same Di. Col. 3. 4,5. rections. When Christ, says he, who
is our Life, Mall appear, then mall ye also appear with him in Glory. Mortify therefore your Members, which are upon the Earth; Fornication, Uncleanness, inordinate Affection, Evil Concupiscence, and Covetousness, which is Idolatry. In short, if we fincerely desire the Welfare of our Bodies, and their Resur. rection at the last Day, to the Life immortal and glorious, we must - not be too fond and tender of them now. If we indulge them too much, they'll be always (like foolish Children) craving things noxious and hurtful, and things that will assuredly prevent their Ever. Jasting Happiness. We must therefore, υπωπιάζειν κι δολαγωγείν, μfe roughnels to them, beat and buffet them, and bring them into subjection; must re.