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The Resurrection of the Body.

The Resurrection of the Body.

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Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and
sing, ye that dwell in dust : for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall
cast out the dead. ISAIAH xxvi. 19.

Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and
sing, ye that dwell in dust : for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall
cast out the dead. ISAIAH xxvi. 19.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on May 17, 2013
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The Resurrection of the Body.UPPER CAADA TRACT SOCIETYThy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake andsing, ye that dwell in dust : for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shallcast out the dead. ISAIAH xxvi. 19.I AM inclined to think that the doctrine of the resurrection, Imean the resurrection of the body, as distinguished from thegeneral idea of a future life is a truth which we most of us valuerather in reference to those we love than in reference to ourselves.I do not know that persons generally are so much attached to theirown bodies that it is any particular pleasure to them to feel that theyshall have those very bodies again in another state.Perhaps there may be a fault in this that we do not appreciateas much as we ought the gift of that particular body which God hasassigned to us. But I am much mistaken if to every man the thoughtof the resurrection of the body of those he has loved is not most comforting. The body is dear. It lives in the deepest places of hisheart ; and the anticipation of seeing that body again gives a distinctness and a vividness to the meeting in another world which itcould not have carried to the mind without it. Even in the intermediate state, we think of the spirits as carrying the impress of thefeatures of the bodies which they had here.To have loved a face very much to have associated that face with63EASTER DAYthe deepest passages of life and the sweetest sympathies of years ;to have read again and again its lights and its shadows, till the expression of its joy and its sorrow became a part of your very life ;to have been so familiar with that form that you could not separatethe idea of your existence from its presence ; and then to have it takenquite away, and to have stood in the coldness of its absence that isthe hour to know what the resurrection of the body is worth.For so it is. As life goes on, God s truth becomes more precious
to us, and it may be that a last illness will make us all think moreof the resurrection of our own body. We can all enter now into thereason why the prophet chose that word, * Thy dead men shall live,together with my dead body shall they arise. 1The passage, however, is very mystical, and it may be a muchhigher than Isaiah that speaks, for the * testimony of Jesus is thespirit of prophecy. 1 And then these words will contain the deepestevangelical meaning.Christ, speaking to His Church, says, Thy dead men shall livewhy ? what is the process ? together with my dead body shall theyarise. 1 ow grasp the great truth which that argument contains.The natural body of the Lord Jesus Christ rose to-day visibly fromthe grave. But that visible body was the symbol of another bodyas real, but invisible. In that invisible body, Christ is the Head andall we the members. All those members, i.e. all believers, had diedand were crucified with Jesus on the Cross. They went through theirpunishment then. God saw them there, and at the last day He willtreat them as though they had been there ; He views them as thosewho have gone through their sentence and paid their penalty. Thisis what that means : He that is dead is free from sin, 1 he is freefrom the debt which his sin incurs, because he has made the compensation for that sin by the death through which he has passed.In the same way, and in the same degree, all believers were raisedin Jesus when Jesus rose. They were in His heart; they wouldnever have risen if they had not been with Him there they owe resurrection to that union. They could not be in Christ and not rise,therefore the future of their resurrection is to them as certain as anyfact in history, Thy dead men shall live, together with my deadbody shall they arise. 1So, of even the resurrection, the dearest part is that we rise withChrist. From the moment that you gave yourself to Christ, or ratherfrom the moment that Christ gave Himself to you, all is with Him,all your joys, all your sorrows, life, death, the grave, the intermediatestate, the resurrection morning, heaven, the vast eternity He hassaid it of all, with Me, 1 with Me. 1That precious deposit which you held, at this moment laid in its64
OUTLIES O VARIOUS PASSAGESquiet resting-place your own body, when it shall presently be buried,it is enshrined into the body of Jesus, it is knit in that grave withJesus indissolubly, * Thy dead men shall live, together with my deadbody shall they arise.Whence? Whither? How? I do not know. But just as Christ sdead body was to the Father, when He was in His grave, so that deadbody that I love in that grave is to Christ. And where Christ s deadbody is risen, and now is, there shall that body that I love arise andbe, and with it, I.It would be rash to attempt to fathom the abysses of the grave.But I have often led you to think that the intermediate condition,both of the body and of the soul, is characteristically a condition of rest, in distinction from, and preparatory to, that higher position of service to which it leads.The whole history of a Christian, from his death to the SecondAdvent, is beautifully written and condensed into a wonderfullysmall compass in one verse : Isaiah Ivii. 2, * He shall enter into peace ;they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness.Here you will observe the entire union of rest and action. ooblivious sleep, no dull unconsciousness, no mere nonentity, and yetno conflict, no labour, but * they rest in their beds, i.e. the body restsin the ground, gently sleeping till the morning ; and the spirit, eachone walking in his uprightness, in some happier Eden, walking withthe upright One in that uprightness of which the wise man speaks,* God made men upright, before we sought out our own many sadinventions. And that is fulfilled, * They have life more abundantly,more abundantly in the second Eden than ever they enjoyed in thefirst Eden.But to-day our thoughts linger with the body. S. Peter tells usthat the restored, like the buried body, owes itself to the same sourceas that which is the spring, in this world, of the life from the deadof the soul, * quickened by the Spirit. Everywhere, from the timethat He first moved upon the face of the waters, when the createdworld went forth, down through baptism, and Pentecost, to theResurrection everywhere, the only Creator of life is the Holy Ghost.And the Holy Ghost is made known to us in this verse, under theemblem of dew, Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust : for thydew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out thedead.How the Spirit executes His vivifying work on that which, to

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