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2dly, The second Effect of the Resurrection of Christ, with regard to Us ; is our Sanctification or Regeneration : That is, our rising from the death of Sin, unto a Life of Righteousness. Rom. vi. 4

We are buried with him by Baptism into Death, that like as Christ was raised up from the Dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in Newness of Life; That having been planted together in the likeness of his Death, we should be also in the likeness of his Resurrection. The Meaning of the Apostle is; that the Death and Resurrection of Christ, into which we are Baptized, and whereof Baptism is an Emblem, ought to be a perpetual obligation upon us, to rise from the Death of Sin unto the Spiritual Life of Righteousness and Holiness: Col. ii. 12, and iii, 1. Buried with him in Baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him. If ye then (saith he) be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above; For ye' are dead, that is, dead to Sin, (as the same Apostle



explains it, Rom. vi. 2.) and your Life is Serm.
bid with Christ in God. And what he XIII.
means by That Phrase, bid with Christ in mu
God, is explained in the next verse, ch. iii.
3. When Christ, who is our life, fall ap-
pear, then mall ye also appear with him

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For 3dly, The Third and Last Effect of the Resurrection of Christ, with respect to Us, is the Assurance of Our Rea surrection likewise, unto Glorification. 1 Cor. xv. 20. Now is Christ risen from the Dead, and become the first-fruits of them that Nept. And therefore This is constantly used by the Apostles, as a perpetual Argument of Consolation to good Christians; 1 Pet. i. 3. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his abundant mercy has begotten us again unto a lively hope, by the resurrection of (Jesus) Christ from the Dead. Rom. viii. 11. If the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the Dead, dwell in you; be that raised up Christ from

Dead, shall also quicken your mortal bodies, by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.


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fus died and rose again, even fo Them al-
So which sleep in Jesus will God bring with

BLESSED and Happy are They, who Mall be thought worthy to obtain That Life, and the Resurrection from the Dead; For from thenceforth they shall be before the Throne of God, and shall serve him day and night in his Temple ; And God shall wipe away all tears from their

eyes ;

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PSALM xvi. 9, 10.
Wherefore my Heart was glad, and my

glory rejoiced; my Flesh also shall rest
in Hope. For why ? Thou shalt not
leave my Soul in Hell; neither salt
thou suffer thy Holy One to see corruption.

HE Afflictions and Calami-S E R M.

ties which fall upon Many XIV. T

men in this present State, are
of such a nature, that, were

it not for the Hopes which
True Religion and the Knowledge of
God affords, their only Comfort would
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Se r m. be That expectation of Death, which
XIV. yob thus elegantly, expresses, ch. iii. 117,

There the wicked cease from troubling, and
there the Weary be at Rest : There the
Prisoners reft together, they hear not the
Voice of the Oppressour: The Small and
Great are There, and the Servant is free
from his Master. But True Religon af-
fords virtuous and good Men a very
different Prospect; and teaches them to
expect, that, if God does not think fit to
deliver them out of their Troubles Here,
(which yet he sometimes does in a very
extraordinary and unexpected Manner ;)
yet even the Grave it self puts not an end
to his Power of Redeeming them ; but he
can and will raise them up again, to a fu.
ture and a better Life. So that they may
look upon Death itself, not barely as a
putting an end to their present Afflicti-
ons, but as a Pasage to a Glorious and
Immortal State. Wherefore my Flesh also,
says the Holy Psalmist, shall rest in Hope:
For why? Thou shalt not leave


Soul in Hell; neither shalt thou suffer thy Holy One to fee corruption.



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