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Job xix. 25, 26, 27.
I Know, That My Redeemer Liveth, And That He Shall Stand At The Latterdayuponthe Earth: And Though After My Skin Worms Destroy This Body, Yet In My Flesh Shall I See God: Whom I Shall See For Myself And Mine Eyes Shall Behold And Not AnoTHER.
THAT the bodies of all the dead of all generations, from the beginning to the end of the world, should again be organized out of the confused mass of matter, into which they are resolved, and appear together in otic vast assembly, to undergo a strict aad impartial review of their former actions; is a conception, not to be formed without amazement. But such are the discoveries of revelation. Every one must again in his fe/h, as the text expresses it, fee God. When the purposes of this perishable world are at an end, when matter has served the various transmutations necessary to the continuance of this earth for its allotted period; then the same Divine Power, which originally created matter, and out of it fitted to every soul such bodies as were necessary for our present existence, will raise up spiritual bodies to prepare us for a perfecter state.
Those men, who deny such a restoration, (to use the words of awful authority) neither know the scriptures, nor the power*of God. Mat. xxii. 29. r
It was the belief of patriarchs and
good men in every age: they confejjed
themselves (as St. Paul assures us,) to be
pilgrims and sir angers in the earthy and
sought a better country. Heb. xi. i3.
Nor was this belief confined to the Mosaic revelation: it was the religion of the Gentiles, till corruption banished their better notions. Even Job,* the Idumœan, we see here, professes this belief, and supports his heavy afflictions under its comfortable influence.
I. And why Jhould it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God Jhould raise the deads An artist, it is easy to conceive, can sooner restore a disjointed machine, especially if it be of his own construction, than originally design and finish it. The power, which forms man, must, by parity of reasoning, be equally able to restore his mouldered frame. Nay, it requires a greater exertion of Divine Power—(though indeed to omnipotence all things are equally easy—but to our apprehensions it should
* That the text means not the venerable sufferer's restoration to his former prosperity (as some have weakly imagined) but a real and proper resurrection, is solidly proved by Bishop Sherlock. Disc, on Proph. Dissert. z.