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tismal Profeffion an insignificant and fruitless Thing; a A. D. 57.
Thing that involves them in present Miseries and In-
conveniences, without the least Prospect of Recom-
pence or Advantage.

30. And why stand 30. And then, what a weak
we in jeopardy every Thing is it for Christian People
hour?

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
your rejoycing which Apostle of this Religion, must then empbari-
Í have in Christ Jesus be still more foolish and unac- cally.
our Lord, I die daily. countable ; for I may safely pro-
teft by all that joyous Hope which you and I have in
our Christian Profeffion, that I hardly pass a Day but in
Danger of Death for the Sake of it.
32. If after the

32. And should not I have act-
manner of men t. ! ed a wise Part, think you t, in
have fought with exposing myself to the wild Beasts
beasts at Ephesus, upon the Theatre at Ephesus, if
what advantagech me, it be true, that Death makes a
if the dead rise not?
let us eat and drink; final End of us ? Verily, if it be

so, the Epicureans are in the
for to morrow we die.

Right, whose Maxim is, Life is
fhort, let us take as much of the Pleasures of it as ever
we can.
33. Be not deceiv.

33. Take Heed then of being
ed: evil communica- misled by such Insinuations as
tions corrupt good these, that tend to the Corrup-
manners.

tion of all Christian Morals and Practices.

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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

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eth it a body as it ther Seed, a Plant in its proper A. D. 57;
hath pleased him, and Size and Figure. Though you
to every seed his own

are no more able to know how,
body.

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
nother of birds.

Matter *
40. There are also 40. Look and compare the
celestial bodies, and heavenly and earthly Bodies with
bodies terrestrial : but each other. There is as much
the glory of the ce- Difference between a Clod of
leftial is one, and the Earth, and the glorious Body of
glory of the terrestrial the Sun and Stars, as there can
is another.

be between the corruptible and the
glorify'd Bodies of Men.
41. There is one

41. Nay, there is as much Dif-
glory of the sun, and ference in some of the heavenly
another glory of the Bodies from one another, the Sun
moon, and another and Moon, Planets, and fix’d
glory of the stars; Stars; some whereof shine by a
for one ftar differeth borrowed and reflexed Light, o-
from another ftar in
glory.

thers by an innate Light of their
OWN ;

and are of as different a
Kind as can be, yet out of the same original Matter
did God compose them all.
42. So also is the

42 & 43. Now, apply this to
resurrection of the the Resurrection, and see if the
dead. It is sown in fame divine Power that could thus
corruption, it is raised bring Flesh, Filh, Plants, Sun,
in incorruption :

Earth, Planets, and fixed Stars,
43. It is sown in

out of one and the same Mass,
dishonour, it is raised
in glory :'it is lown and all originally out of nothing,
in weakness : it is cannot be able to raise an incor-
raised in power :

ruptible out of a corruptible Bo-
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dy,

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*.
44. It is sown a

44.

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

that

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

also

* See Philip. iii. 21.
+ Ver. 45. See Ver, 21, 22, &C.

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 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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