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The Hope of the Resurrection.

The Hope of the Resurrection.

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BY GEORGE CRABBE




1 Cor. XV. 13, 14.

" If there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not
risen ; and if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching
vain and your faith is also vain."
BY GEORGE CRABBE




1 Cor. XV. 13, 14.

" If there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not
risen ; and if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching
vain and your faith is also vain."

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THE HOPE OF THE RESURRECTIO.BY GEORGE CRABBE1 Cor. XV. 13, 14." If there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ notrisen ; and if Christ be not risen, then is our preachingvain and your faith is also vain."There may be some events related in thegospels, and some doctrines delivered by the apos-tles and evangelists, which being taken awaywould occasion great loss and concern to the chris-tian believer, and yet they would not affect hisbelief ; but the resurrection of our Redeemer is of that essential, that vital importance, that our hopeand faith entirely depend on it. If Christ be notrisen, we preach in vain the resurrection of thedead, and not that only, but the whole buildingof the apostles and evangelists falls with it.The sacrifice of the death of Christ, mercifulTHE HOPE OF THE RESURRECTIO. IGland gracious as the deed was, loses all its worthand glory if it was not followed by his victoryover the grave. This may be then accounted themost interesting event that ever the earth exhibit-ed, and the day on which it took place the mosttriumphant and glorious day : " For if we be-lieve that Jesus died and rose again, even sothem also which sleep in Jesus will God bringwith him.'^
 
or need we trouble ourselves as believers be-cause there are some who yet say, " How are thedead raised up, and with what body do theycome V even though we should not be able tocomprehend the reply of St. Paul, nor conceivehow a natural body can become spiritual or a cor-rupt and mortal being assume the glory and powerof incorruption and immortality ; this need notgive us concern, for as we believe in the event, andknow that the power that raised up Jesus caneffect all things that divine wisdom and goodnessdesign, we have confidence in the exertion andejficacy of that power, though we be ignorant of the mode of its operation. We need not beafflicted by our ignorance. If that which is sownin dishonour be raised in glory, if that which issown in weakness be raised in power, it is ourcomfort and happiness to rejoice in the effect of sowonderful a cause, and to be assured that howeverM162 SERMO XV.wonderful, it is not beyond the might of his mar-vellous acts, nor too great for the arm of him whois Almighty.Whether we shall live in another state of beingis to us the first and most important of all con-cerns, — the only one, indeed, in which all areequally concerned, — nor have we any conceptionof that mind in any reasonable creatures, whobeing satisfied that they must soon die are entirelycareless whether they shall live again. It is true,we see persons live as if they were thus forgetful,but this cannot be always, it cannot be in private,
 
in solitude, in sickness, and (when it may be toolate) on a death-bed. Then surely all do earnestlywish for a state of rest and a world of comfort — anew life, and a freedom from the pain, care, andanguish that flesh is heir to. And such a hopethere is for all the people of God in the doctrineof the resurrection of the dead. Of this doctrinewe have a very lively representation in the book of the prophet Ezekiel. The prophet did notknow whether the dry bones could live, till theLord God breathed into them the spirit of life,but he prophesied as he was commanded, andthere was a noise, and behold a shaking, and thebones came together bone to his bone, and thesinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skincovered them above, but there was no breath,THE HOPE OF THE RESURRECTIO. 163and the prophet prophesied as he was com-manded, " Come from the four winds, breath,and breathe upon these slain that they maylive ;'' and then breath came into them, and theylived and stood upon their feet, an exceeding greatarmy.Seeing, then, the vast importance of this doc-trine, it is very needful that we feel ourselves as-sured of its truth — that we firmly and constantlybelieve " that there will be a resurrection of thedead, both of the just and the unjust,'^ and that" every one shall receive for the things done inthe body according to that he hath done, whetherit be good or bad.'^ Let us, then, consider thatthough all the events, miraculous or natural, inthe gospels, derive some of their proof from this,and are made of importance to us by it, yet this isalso proved by them, and is the concluding event

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