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tismal Profeffion an insignificant and fruitless Thing; a A. D. 57.
30. And why stand 30. And then, what a weak
to expose themselves to such Dangers and Persecutions, in Defence of a Religion that leaves them at last without all Hopes of any future Recompence?
31. * I proteft by 31. Especially 1 * that am an * 'Ego, I
32. And should not I have act-
so, the Epicureans are in the
Right, whose Maxim is, Life is
33. Take Heed then of being
tion of all Christian Morals and Practices.
34. Rouze ✓ Ver. 32. 'EInesquexnoa-I have fought with Beasts at Epbesus. A Latitude of the Tense so natural to the Hebrew and Hellenistick Languages; and making the Construction if I had fought, faves the Criticks all their needless Pains of recurring to another fight and miraculous Deliverance of St. Paul at Ephesus, grounded only on uncertain Traditions ; and shows this Passage plainly to refer to Axs xix. 30, 31. See abundant Instances of this Change of Tenses in Gladius, Lib. 3. Tra£t. 3. de Verbo, pag. 642, &.
A. D. 57. 34. Awake to righ 34. Rouze up your Faculties to
teousness, and fin not; a more just and exact Way * of for some have not the Reason and Consideration, and knowledge of God: avoid such Principles as tend only I speak this to your to a sensual and debauched Life. shame.
For I must tell these your new Teachers, to their Shame, they argue as if they knew nothing of God † and Religion.
35. But some man 35. Your philosophical Teachwill say, How are ers, I know, have been. used to the dead raised up? think the Resurrection of the Body and with what body an absurd, needless, and impoffido they come?
ble Thing; and are apt to ask, how a corrupted, perished, and scattered Mass of Matter, can ever be raised into a Body fine and beauteous enough for a glorified Soul? Or what Sort of Bodies (say they) is it that we can expect at the Resurrection?
36. Thou fool, that 36. Thou Fool of a Philosopher which thou sowest is that canst argue thus ! Is this so not quickned, except abfurd and incomprehensible a it die.
Thing, which the very Appearances of Nature are able to account for? The Grain you sow in the Earth is rotten, and putrified soon after it comes there, and yet it afterwards springs up into perfect Corn. 37. And that which
37 & 38. You throw in nothou sowest, thou sow. thing but naked Grain, suppose est not that body that Wheat or Barley. But out of that Thall be, but bare grain, it may chance very corrupted little Mals, doth
the divine Power produce a fullof wheat, or of some other grain.
grown Corn, with Stalk, and Ear, 38. But God giv. and Seeds; and so from every o eth
ther * Ver. 34. Awake to Righteousnest, and for not : Arxews here is very hardly to be conltrued to Righteousness; and tho' jeni auasleeve's may be render'd fin not, that is but the secondary Senle of that Word. Awake to right Reason, and do not
grofly mistake, seems to be the natural Construction. And as che 33d Verse countenances our Translation, so the latter Part of this Verse seems to favour this latter rendring of the whole Period.
1b. See Matıb. xxi. 291
eth it a body as it ther Seed, a Plant in its proper A. D. 57;
are no more able to know how,
than how God can raise the Dead, 39. All flesh is not 39. Look into the Make and the same flesh: but Contexture of Animals ; that of there is one kind of Men, Fishes, Beasts, and Birds, Aesh of men, another what a vast Variety there is in flesh of beasts, ano them; and yet they all proceed ther of fishes, and a
from one and the same original
be between the corruptible and the
41. Nay, there is as much Dif-
thers by an innate Light of their
and are of as different a
42 & 43. Now, apply this to
Earth, Planets, and fixed Stars,
out of one and the same Mass,
ruptible out of a corruptible Bo-
See Gem. i. 2.
45. And so it is
A. D. 57. dy, and turn a weak and decaying one into one that
shall be glorious and powerful*.
The Bodies indeed we now natural body, it is raif- live in, and die here, are mere ed a spiritual tody. animal Bodies, subject to Decays, There is a natural bo- Sickness, and Death; and this dy, and there is a spi- makes your philosophical Teachers ritual body.
conclude, that when we have thrown them off, and once got rid of them, we shall never be joined to Bodies more. But this Conclufion proceeds from their Ignorance of this great Truth, that the God who has invested us at present with these animal Bodies, will one Day cloath us with spiritual and heavenly ones.
45. † And as we read (Gen. ii. written, The first man 7.) That Adam the firft Man, Adam was made a live from whom we all received our ing soul, the last Adam weak and animal Bodies, was was made a quickning made a living Soul; so is it as true spirit.
that Christ the second Adam, has not only Life, but Life in himself, and a Power to raise others to Life. (See Yolun i. 4. and Verse 21, 26.)
46. Howbeit, that 46. As therefore the first Man was not firit which is Adam was made before CHRIST spiritual, but
was sent to be our Saviour, lo which is natural; and muft we, in order of Time, be afterward that which clothed with our animal and moris spiritual.
tal Bodies derived from the one, before we can be invested with our spiritual and imniortal ones from the other. 47. The firft man is
47, 48 & 49. Weak and more of the earth, earthy: tal we must needs be here, being the second man is the extracted from one that was himLord from heaven.
self so. But when we shall be 48. As is the earthy, such are they also thải begotten again from the Dead by are earthy : and as is Chrift, the second Adam, our the heavenly, such are heavenly Saviour, our Bodies Mall - they
* See Philip. iii. 21.
they also that are hea- also partake of the heavenly and A. D. 57. venly.
immortal Qualities of his, and 49. And as we have live eternally without Sickness, born the image of the
Decay, or Death. earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly 50.
Now this I say, 50. To those then who scoffbrethren, that fesh ingly demand what Şort of Bodies and blood cannot in good Christians shall have at the herit the kingdom of Refurrection? The Sum of my God; neither doth Answer is, that I allow they cancorruption inherit in
not be such mortal and crazy corruption.
Carcasses as we now carry about with us; for a corruptible Body can no Way suit with an incorruptible State. 51. Behold, I shew
51. But the Bodies of all true you a mystery; We Christians, whether of such as shall not all feep, are alive at CHRIST's Coming but we shall all be
to Judgment (as some will be) or changed,
of such as are dead before it, shall undergo, at that Time, a glorious Change; which is a Thing you seem to have had yet no Notion at all of.
52. In a moment, 52. A Change, I say, at this in the twinkling of an grand Summons, that will be as eye, at the last trump sudden and quick, as it will be (for the last trumpet great and happy; when the dead Thall sound) and the Bodies of the Saints shall be raisdead shall be raised ed up to a glorious and immortal incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
Constitution; and those that are
then alive, shall be transformed into the fame Brightness and Immortality,
53. For this cor 53. For, as I before obferved, ruptible must put on it is absolutely necessary, that incorruption, and this these * corruptible and mortal mortal must put on Bodies should be chang'd for inimmortality.
corruptible Ver. 53. This Corruptible must put on Incorruption, to Jaglay 7870, &c. And so Julin Marius in Epist. 2. Sw.10. Και μη λεγέτω τις υμών 3η αυλή σαρξ ε κίναι, έδε ανέ. σαθαι - όν τρόπον δω τη σαρκί εκλήθη7ε, και ω τη σαρκι ελέυσεθε- ως και ημάς ώ ταύτη τη σαρκι άποληψόμεθα Tor Heator.
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