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The Ends of Death, And Prospects in the Anticipation of It

The Ends of Death, And Prospects in the Anticipation of It

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BY LANT CARPENTER



HEBREWS II.; 14, 15.

FORASMUCH THEN AS THB CHILDREN ARE PARTAKERS OF FLESH AND
BLOOD, HE ALSO HIMSELF LIKEWISE TOOK PART OF THE SAME;
THAT THROUGH DEATH HE MIGHT DESTROY HIM THAT HAD THE
POWER OF DEATH, THAT IS, THE DEVIL ; AND DELIYER THEM
WHO THROUGH FEAR OF DEATH WERE ALL THEIR LIFETIME
SUBJECT TO BONDAGE.
BY LANT CARPENTER



HEBREWS II.; 14, 15.

FORASMUCH THEN AS THB CHILDREN ARE PARTAKERS OF FLESH AND
BLOOD, HE ALSO HIMSELF LIKEWISE TOOK PART OF THE SAME;
THAT THROUGH DEATH HE MIGHT DESTROY HIM THAT HAD THE
POWER OF DEATH, THAT IS, THE DEVIL ; AND DELIYER THEM
WHO THROUGH FEAR OF DEATH WERE ALL THEIR LIFETIME
SUBJECT TO BONDAGE.

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THE EDS OF DEATH, AD PROSPECTS I THEATICIPATIO OF IT.BY LAT CARPETER HEBREWS II.; 14, 15.
FORASMUCH THE AS THB CHILDRE ARE PARTAKERS OF FLESH ADBLOOD, HE ALSO HIMSELF LIKEWISE TOOK PART OF THE SAME;THAT THROUGH DEATH HE MIGHT DESTROY HIM THAT HAD THEPOWER OF DEATH, THAT IS, THE DEVIL ; AD DELIYER THEMWHO THROUGH FEAR OF DEATH WERE ALL THEIR LIFETIMESUBJECT TO BODAGE.
The writer of this Epistle here follows the doctrine of the later Hebrews, which represents a superior malig-nant spirit as the author of the evil^ both physical andmorale by which the human race is visited ; especiallyof those vicious propensities and wicked actions whichare productive of so much misery, and also of deathitself. My object at this time does not require that Ishould enter at all upon the consideration of it. I amsatisfied with considering this passage as teaching that,through death, Christ destroyed the power of death.As the Apostle says in his 1st Epistle to Timothy, *^ HeO DEATH. 471hath conquered death, (rendered death powerless,) andbrought life and immortality to light by his gospel."Suppose the favoured few, able to keep the eyesteadily fixed upon the hopes of nature, to cherish themamid opposing appearances, and to rest with satisfaction,in their own hours of weakness and distress, on the rea-sonings which once received a willing assent, — and, bymaking them the principle of action and the guide of 
 
life, to have exalted the simple assent of the under-standing into the vigorous and active faith ; — whatmust be the case with the great bulk of mankind,unable, from the cares and engagements of the world,or the want of intellectual refinement and expansion, tofollow the arguments of the philosopher, and discernthe analogies and the pointings of nature ? If, with allthe light they possess, so many live and act as thebeings of a day,— can it be supposed that the fainterrays of nature would guide them towards their home, — or would they not live as the beasts that perish ? Toall men in some circumstances, and to most men in all,the declarations of the Gospel are necessary to producea steady and operative belief in those things which areunseen but eternal. And, blessed be God, that hope wepossess on an anchor of the soul sure and steadfast. If ature's expectations are clear and lively. Gospel lightwill not obscure them : it must add some of its ownbright rays to increase their splendour and their vitalwarmth. If, as is most usual, the light of ature is onlytransient and irregular in its influence, and can besteadily discerned only by those whom God has blessedwith superior vigour and calmness and stability of the472 SERMO XXXIIT.intellectual powers, — then he who has deprived deathof its power, and brought life and immortality to light,will be hailed with gratitude as the Light of the world ;and the song of grateful praise will be raised to theFather of spirits, who has given us the victory throughour Lord Jesus Christ.^^ I am the resurrection and the life." It is on theresurrection of the dead that the Gospel rests its doc-trine of immortal life. — Whatever becomes of the hayand stubble which men have built upon the Christian'ssole foundation, this truth must remain unalterably the
 
same. The Sun of Gospel promise shall never set.Jesus is the resurrection and the life ; the same yester-day, to-day, and for ever ; and because he lives we shalllive also. By the working of that mighty Power, hywhich he was himself raised from the dead to die nomore, and by the guidance of that Wisdom which isinfinite and perfect, — ^he will be enabled to raise thedead and to judge the world. According to the authori-tative declaration of that Apostle who was taught hisGospel by the express revelation of Christ Jesus, " TheLord Jesus Christ shall change our mean body, that itmay be fashioned like unto his glorious body, accordingto the working whereby he is able to subdue all thingsunto himself.'' *^ The trumpet shall sound and the deadshall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed :for this corruption must put on incorruption, and thismortal must put on immortality."And this sublime, this all-important expectation, we,my fellow-Christians, entertain, with power undiminishedby metaphysical difficulties respecting the nature of theO DEATH. 473soul, its natural immortality^ and its unceasing activity : — ^undiminished by those doctrines of human inventionwhich tend to throw sceptical doubts on the disclosuresof Revelation, by making eternal life a curse instead of ablessing to mankind at large, — to all but the elected fewfor whom its bliss has been predestined. We rest ourhope, our expectation, upon the resurrection of thedead. We see him who is the Prince of Life, whocalled the dead to life, himself obedient to death, — ^bywicked hands crucified and slmn, — with life extinctplaced in the chill gloom of the sepulchre, — ^and comingforth with strength immortal, with renovated and ever-lasting powers received from Him into whose hands hecommitted his departing life, — taken up into heaven,

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